Book club update: Summer is for kids

Shhhhh…. Quiet….

It’s book club update time again!

Last time, I introduced the Discussability Score* and yep, we’re rolling with it.

So here’s what our book club has read since then…
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain
Discussability Score: 5
Because: Either you are an introvert, or you know lots of them. And this book makes it cool to be introverted, and it validates many of the tendencies we true introverts possess. This one’s gonna live on in future discussions.

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Discussability Score: 4
Because: While we’d all read it before, we each re-read Jane Eyre with new eyes. It’s a nuanced novel, and there was plenty to discuss, particularly about character development and plot believability.

Gone-Away Lake by Elizabeth Enright
Discussability Score: 3
Because: We discussed the charm of this story and admired its many fine attributes. One book club member wished there were zombies in the story, to add some pizzazz. (That person was not me.)

Next up:
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
(We’re doing that summertime children’s book thing again this year. I like it.)
*In case you’re just yearning for a refresh, here goes…

Two factors feed into the Discussability Score:

  1. How engaging was our book club’s discussion? Did we discuss the book in depth and/or at length?
  2. How discussable do I think this book would be for other book clubs?

The Discussability Score is on a 5-point scale:

1 = Nobody has a word to say.

2 = You talk about the book for 5 minutes before someone mentions upcoming vacation plans and you never allude to the book ever again in your natural life.

3 = The book generates some discussion, but none of it is very zippy or interesting. But you’ve done your duty and now you can drink some wine and feel virtuously intellectual because you talked about a book.

4 = You all have interesting things to say about the book, and you’re all excited to be talking about it. The discussion goes on for quite a while, and it’s lively.

5 = Your group keeps talking and talking. Eventually, you talk about your vacation plans, but you keep leaping back to the book. And this thing has an afterlife… you’ll bring it up again and again at future book club meetings.

5 thoughts on “Book club update: Summer is for kids

  1. Love these posts! And how fun that you're going to read an Oz book. They were some of my favorite books growing up. Them and the Laura Ingalls Wilder novels. 🙂 Happy Reading!

  2. Face to Face book clubs must be so much fun. I have never participated in one.

    I think that if I were discussing Jane Eyre I would never stop talking.

    I have never read any of the Oz books though I would like to. I look forward to reading what you think about it.

  3. Brian — Yeah, the book club experiences are good ones.

    True — with Jane Eyre, there's plenty to discuss.

    I'll report in on Oz in my next book club update… I'm intrigued to hear with the others in the book club thought of it. And it's always interesting to find out how the discussion goes.

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