Book Club Blues—members who don’t read the book

bcblues-dontread2I get some interesting emails—many are about problems a lot of book clubs face. Here’s one I got recently:

What do you do with members who haven’t read the book…but who still love to talk and talk as if they have? Should clubs have rules that say if you haven't read the book, you can't come to the meeting?

Set some guidelines at the outset
At the beginning of every book discussion, the host or discussion leader should ask if all members can agree to the following propositions:

• It is realistic—not everyone can read every book; we all have busy lives. Therefore, non-readers should always feel welcome to attend.

• As a matter of fairness—those who have read the book should get first dibs on talking about it.

•As a matter of courtesy—it’s incumbent on non-readers to LISTEN and comment briefly or rarely.

Any other ideas? Here’s the spot to share them.

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0 #1 Judy P. 2012-04-11 00:55
Our book club has some members who seem interested in socializing and mostly going out to lunch. Their comments seem to be limited to "I liked it" or "I didn't like it" and devote very little time to other observations about the book. Those who want more depth are frustrated; what to do without creating conflict ?
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