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.)
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:
How engaging was our book club’s discussion? Did we discuss the book in depth and/or at length?
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.