Yes, our book club!

It took flight when my friend, Elayne, said to me, “You *have* to read this book.”

“Kite Runner” is not a book that I would normally read, even though it had wonderful reviews. I don’t like either books or movies with violence; I understand that it may be necessary to tell the story, but I end up with nightmares.

But this time it occurred to me that I could read this book if someone read it with me; someone with whom I could talk through the difficult parts. That someone is my next door neighbor here in Brevard, Tina, who was looking for a way to have adult interaction during the course of a day that was primarily focused on a 3 year old and a 4 month old.

We agreed that we would take turn selecting books, and that we would make it up to page 100 in each book before deciding if we thought it would be worth finishing it. We’re now on our third book, The Emperor’s Children, having completed The Kite Runner and Born In The Big Rains.

Our primary criteria is to concentrate on books that we would not normally read on our own, but that “sound interesting”. The beauty of it is that if we get bogged down in a chapter, that other person is there, almost immediately, to help us talk through it and possibly see other ways of looking at either the writing or the content.

And I love this! I love that it keeps me reading even when I might ordinarily quit (kind of like a school assignment only better, ’cause *we’re* in control). It opens me up to alternate takes on a topic and the opportunity to figure out how and why I respond to certain things the way I do.

It’s the opposite of beach reading, and therefore has it’s own, unique place.

“The Emperor’s Children” is definitely more literary than my usual selections, and it surprises me how many words I have to look up. (Not that I necessarily do, because if the dictionary is across the room, I may feel too lazy.) But the subject matter — the generation now turning 30, is fascinating because I really know nothing about them.

Anyway, I would highly recommend this off-beat kind of book club, despite the fact that it doesn’t function the way ordinary book clubs do. It meets our needs and makes us feel good and in this kind of endeavor, that’s all that counts!

One Response to "The Sunny and Tina Book Club"

  1. Tina Clark

    August 17, 2007

    I love it, too! It not only gives me adult conversation but also a break from chasing my tail keeping the children and house clean. It goes without saying that no visitors are allowed because I would die of embarassment over my dirty floors. Being part of a book club 🙂 is wonderful because so many times I have read a great book but have had noone to talk to about the story and what it made me think and feel. But the real bonus is this: it gives me a legitimate excuse to talk to Sunny!

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