Book Club Books

I’m in several book clubs and right now I’m reading a book for one of them: The Friday Night Knitting Club.

While there is nothing wrong with this book I just don’t get why it is a common pick for book clubs. It’s just another version of The Jane Austen Book Club, and so many others. Basically there’s always a group of women who lean on each other while going through cancer/divorce/affairs/pregnancies/etc. Been there. Read that.

With all the excellent books out in the world, why do these type of books keep coming up so regularly? Shouldn’t book clubs be about something more? Women make up almost all the members of the book clubs I belong to, and I suspect that is the norm everywhere. Are we — as women — saying we’re too shallow to read books of substance? Something is wrong.

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One Response to “Book Club Books”

  1. Cynthia Dunkin Says:

    ABSOLUTELY AGREE WITH YOU. I WAS TURNED OFF FROM THE BEGINNING BY THE BLACK/WHITE COUPLE. I’M FROM THE DEEP SOUTH. ONE REVIEWER HAD CALLED IT A “STEEL MAGNOLIAS” OF NEW YORK WOMEN. MAYBE SO. BUT STILL A “WASTE OF TIME & EYESIGHT”.

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