Today we introduce another feature that will be recurring on this blog, “Question of the Week” (a great idea that’s borrowed from another blog (Daily Lit– thanks!). Hopefully we’ll spark some enlightening ” back and forth” in the comments. Since October is National Reading Group Month, thoughts turn to reading groups and the discussions they generate.
Although I have been involved in book discussions with various reading groups over the years, one of the best discussions that I have ever participated in was for “The Sun Also Rises” by Ernest Hemingway at one of the library’s monthly book club meetings this past summer. This was because it was the first time I had been involved with a reading group discussion involving a book considered a classic. It might be a cliché, but that’s why they are called classics. They are books that usually seem, on the surface, to be either very simple or very complicated and sometimes quite boring to read. Yet, if you stop and think about the motivations for what the characters say or do, and the word choices the author is making, a “classic” book will yield insights that do not stop coming! Although I had read “The Sun Also Rises” before, hearing it discussed by the group led me to a variety of new and different thoughts about it. Discussion of any book will do this but a “classic” will always allow for greater depth.
Since National Reading Group Month is almost over, a reading group question seems to be in order:
Which book, read for a reading group, has led to the most interesting and liveliest discussion?
Let us know by making a comment below.
– posted by Sonia, Readers’ Services