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The focus of this Month's Book Club feature is Any Book Bookclub. This ingenious book club in Bearwood, West Midlands allows people to talk about all the books they love instead of having set book all members must read. What an idea! I love the picture below with the variety of books discussed in a single meeting.
I launched the book club October 2018. I love book clubs but I realise that the set reading of one book – that you may or may not like – is not ideal for many readers. Some readers may only read a couple of books each month, so spending time on a book that you have been set to read, can feel like homework. Then I randomly stumbled over a Book Riot article with the idea of an Any Book Club, further googling showed that this was a thing lots of people did and I was excited to launch my own. The idea is simple, meet up with other readers, share a book you loved.
At this point, we only had 4 meetings, but we are steadily growing and the concept works. It is wonderful to see the variety of things people read and especially great to hear them all be so enthusiastic about it. We get everything from non-fiction, popular fiction, historical fiction, graphic novels., new releases, backlist and classics. It’s great.
Gathering of readers
That’s the great thing: We don’t. Every person who comes along enthuses about 1 book (sometimes 2) that they read recently and loved and want to recommend.
We meet once a month
At our glorious local library, Thimblemill Library in Bearwood, Smethwick.
It normally takes about an hour, I usually start off the meeting by talking about my book for that month and then I go round the group. We don’t set time limits and encourage discussion and questions. We often end up in tangents, which makes it even more interesting.
The way of all flesh by Ambrose Parry, The Infidel Stain by MJ Carter and The Giver by Lois Lowry - I always read several books
I like books in any form they come. Although due to increasing arthritis in my hands I prefer large tomes of more than 800 pages on my kindle.
I really adored Old Baggage by Lissa Evans
No, every person who comes to the club has such different reading tastes
No, not really
It’s still new, but I think, we all just love having other bookish people to chat to.
Just do it.
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