When Oprah Winfrey decided to start her book club in 1996, she instantly created a frenzy of book clubs all over the world. People wanted to read what Oprah was reading, discuss the questions she brought up and any books lucky enough to be chosen immediately flew off the shelves.
But why? I'm going to play devil's advocate for a second and argue that book clubs are totally unnecessary. I have my favorite books, you have your favorite books, why do we need to force each other to read the same book every month (even if we don't like it)? And why do we have discussion questions right after - I mean, homework?? What if I don't want to disect the book? What if I just want to read it and enjoy it and let it be?
Do I really believe what I'm writing? I won't tell you until you comment below :)
Thursday's Question of the Day: Are Book Clubs Really Even Necessary?