I’d really like to thank folks for the comments on my post about the mom’s book group. Most of you agreed that I needed to poll the group, and not just assume that they wouldn’t want to read literary fiction.
Well, the results are in! The members actually want a good mix of books – they nixed the idea of nonfiction parenting books, mainly because they didn’t feel those books would be very discussable. (That being said, they did all want me to give them librarian-approved recommendations for their own reading, which I will happily provide. )
While they want to do some traditional book group books (lots of recent book group faves were mentioned, ie, The Help, Life of Pi, etc), they were also very interested in the idea of all reading more “fun” women’s fiction. It looks like we might alternate months, picking a “serious” book for one month, then a “light” read the next.
Now my job is to find “light”* women’s fiction books that will generate discussion! I’ll be posting them here, and I hope you may even consider some for your group.
*yes,I keep putting “light” in quotes. Why? Because I don’t quite know how to express it – I don’t want it to be a negative connotation, as though a lighter read is less worthy of time or discussion. Does that make sense? Frankly, the books I enjoy the most tend to be light, because I like to be entertained by my reading.