Conundrum #1

Seems like book clubs are really popular these days.

They don’t appeal to me though.  I’m happy with not being told what to read.

Book clubs seem like … work
I like books though.  And I like talking about books, and reading books, and suggesting books, and getting book suggestions, and reading about books, and seeing what’s going on on librarything.   But I’m happy I didn’t have to read and discuss Wuthering Heights, or Eat, Pray, Love, or really anything on an Oprah list.
Book clubs seem like work, and you don’t get to pick what you read or when you read it.
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5 Responses to “Conundrum #1”

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  2. Rumpus Says:

    Belonging to a community is generally considered to have a positive effect on happiness, with presumably negative effects of constraints required by the community. So a trade-off. I like the idea of a reading group, but haven’t tried one…I blame the paradox of choice.

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