We run a book club through work. We’ve been doing it for four years now. People dip in and out of it, there are a few mainstays. It’s really useful, because at the library you can get 10 copies of whatever the book is, and you get them for six weeks. So we meet every other month, and we’ll take it in turns to choose the book – whoever chooses the book brings the nibbles. It’s a really good way of breaking the day up, more than anything.
It’s great because you’re reading a book that someone else has chosen, so 9 times out of 10 it’s something you’d probably never have read. One of the most popular ones was All Quiet on the Western Front. I’d done it at school but most of the others hadn’t read it at all, so it was quite interesting – some people were a bit “errrm?”, like it’s just some war book or whatever. But actually the person that was most like that was the one who liked it more than anyone else. Since so many of the books have been made into films as well, we’re talking about maybe doing a book club and turning it into a film club, staying late after, getting some popcorn in and watching the film (getting that from the library as well).
There’s no late fines on book group books. When I filled out the library consultation form, I said to one of the librarians they could definitely charge more money, like late fines or for whole DVD box sets. She said that they don’t want to put off people on low incomes from being able to access them. And I was like: “that’s why I love you guys so much, because you’re thinking of things like that!” But that’s also why they’re an easy option for when the money gets taken away. I would much rather pay late fines for books and pay more for DVDs if that means they can keep computer access free and stay open an hour later – and I think a lot of people would.
It’s not for book club, but I’m reading the Goldfinch at the moment – which was the first book I’ve bought in ages, because it’s massive and I needed to keep renewing it, but it was reserved by someone else at the library. I’ve not read anything like it. It’s so believable. I think one of the reasons I started to read it was because the library recommended it on their Twitter. They’re pretty good for that. And I like how you get one thing out and it always leads on to something else.
Name: Jill – HR Media