For those of you who I know are dying of curiosity to find out what happened in my book club:
Our first book was The Gargoyle. I really enjoyed it, but when I got to the meeting, only one other person actually read it. Everyone else got through maybe 50 pages (they found it boring). So you can imagine we didn't have such a great discussion. At one point, someone was analyzing the book based on the picture on the cover, and that was when I realized this was truly pointless. We ended up mostly gossiping, which was also fun.
Anyway, after that debacle, I didn't dare suggest another book.
Someone else suggested The Help, which is pretty much The Book Club Book right now. I read a page of it on Amazon and it looked reasonable. So we decided on The Help as our next book.
I'm the only one who gets the book club books from the library. I mean, books cost like $10-15 each, so why wouldn't I try to get it for free? Plus my house is cluttered enough as it is. The library is only a short drive away and I can reserve and renew books online. I got my copy of The Help faster than the person who ordered it from Amazon.
However (and this is my whine), it pisses me off that when you take out a book, you can only take it out for two weeks.
The Help is about 500 pages. When I got that giant book in my hand and realized I had two weeks to get through it, I didn't feel good about it. And because it's on hold till infinity, I wouldn't be able to renew it. Best I could do was return it late and pay the fee. Is it reasonable that we get only two weeks? How many of you can read such a long book so fast, what with our kids and our jobs and our rock and roll music? Plus I sort of enjoy not racing through a book and taking my time with it. Two weeks isn't long enough to really enjoy such a long book.
Although as it turned out, I absolutely adored the book, spent all my free time reading it, and finished it in less than a week. But the principle still stands.
Also, my enjoyment of my two book club books also makes me wonder if I was too hasty in dismissing all the NYT Bestseller books as "snooty."