Have you noticed that if you are writing a review for a book on some bookseller sites (I know that Barnes & Noble now does it), they now ask whether a book is suitable for a book club?
I might admit that, lots of time I might mark it, N/A...just to get past the question!
I tend to agree with the author of a recent article in the New York Times, especially that there are books outside of those recommended by Oprah...
(Don't forget you can also simply click on the title of this article to go to the article!)
On the other hand, isn't it a good idea to say that a book is "good" for a book club? What that means is that at least a small group is going to go out and buy that book...just so they can all discuss it (if functioning properly, not as highlighted in the article)?
Bottom line for me? I simply do not know. For sales, it obviously is a good thing. But for me, I never cared for reruns, books included. I rarely reread a book. To go to a club and regurgitate that book, chewing slowly, arguing points of view over it, frankly sends me running to my bookshelf for a new book from those "yet to be read."
Now that doesn't mean I don't remember certain books and may enjoy sharing thoughts one-on-one with someone who cares to have my opinion--indeed that's why I write reviews!
But there are just tooooooooooooooooo many books out there yet to be read. Why would I want to meet with a club, say, once a month, to talk about a book that I probably finished three weeks ago and have, since then, read three other books!
As with the author of the article...I fly solo on reading...
But, if asked, I sure will give you recommendations of books from my clients...for YOUR book club!
God bless us all for being different!
Hope you enjoy the article--it was fun to read!