Confessions of a book club slut

Turns out one book club was not enough for me, so now I belong to two. The first is primarily English teachers, the second is primarily scientists.

The people are different, with different jobs, interests, relationships. The mood of the room is different, as is the selection of books. One book club reads widely – each bringing multiple books; the other reads deeply – each bringing only one. But, ultimately the book clubs are the same – two completely opposite cliques enjoying reading and talking about books. Because that’s what it’s all about.

We decided to name the new book club Fight Club – after Chuck Palahniuk infamous novel. And here I am breaking the first rule of Fight Club… by talking about Fight Club.

I began by gushing about The Secret History, as it seems like I do almost every chance I get. I have discussed it so many times and love it so much, but I still can’t shut up about it. I discussed how I read it every Autumn, and then realised that this year I will have two Autumns (I’m moving across the world!), so I’ll get to read it twice!

H (who love/hated it) summed it up perfectly: it’s a book about terrible people who dress really well.

R spoke about Tolkien and how his whole imagined world is so vast and detailed. A deep discussion about Tolkien’s intention to create a mythology for England followed.

A few years ago, F decided he needed to get back into reading and make it a priority in his life. Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five was one of the first novels that he read after this decision – solidifying a life long love affair with Vonnegut.

The other R had talked about the Percy Jackson series and how it was such a formative book as he was growing up. Percy was a character who he connected with, while also learning a shitload about Greek Mythology on the way.

H had World War Z, and discussed how zombie fiction is often so off the mark, but this one is perfect. The novel is so vast and is an oral history of the zombie war.

Also, the film sucks.

Finally, A talked about The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, and just Douglas Adams in general. As the younger sister of two brothers, she read Hitchhiker’s in her early teens and it shaped a big part of who she is. She also loved that he was terrible with deadlines and planning, as he would write right up til the last moment – sending off a rough draft to be published. So, there is still hope for those who want to write but have terrible time-management.

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Photo is of Karl Lagerfeld in his personal library. So much yes.

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