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Top 40 Book Club : December 2008
DON’T BE AFRAID TO CRITICISE A BOOK Some of the best book discussions centre on books that many group members disliked, but try to get beyond the "I just didn't like it" statement. What was it about the book that made it unappealing? The style? The characters? Has the author written other books that you liked better? Did it remind you of another book that you liked or disliked? PREPARE FOR YOUR MEETINGS AND THINK ABOUT WHAT YOU ARE READING Reading a book for discussion is different to reading just for pleasure. While reading your book club choices, ask yourself questions, read carefully, imagine yourself in the story, analyzing style and search for personal meaning will all enhance the work's value and the discussion potential for your group READ BOOKS YOU WOULDN’T NORMALLY One of the best things about being a member of a book club is the opportunity to challenge yourself by reading books you wouldn’t normally choose - diversifying your reading tastes by trying new authors and genres. 46