I knit, I sew, I am a wife, mother, lover of France and French things, I like to cook, I also love to read and belong to a book club. My book club is not high brow. Is my book club unusual? I don’t think so. I meet friends once a month, we talk about a book or two, we talk about life as well. We take it in turns to choose the book. We usually avoid biographies and we definitely avoid science fiction.
Over the years we’ve delved into a large handful of titles, sometimes with a similar theme, sometimes not. We have loved some, hated some, been on the fence about some, wished we hadn’t read some, been embarrassed about some (!) We all agree sometimes the title/blurb isn’t one we would personally opt for but we all read each others choices. Well, we all try to read them, very occasionally someone is beaten, either because they are struggling with content or running out of reading time. (We are all human, no one gets beaten up for not finishing or enjoying a book!) I took offence at some of the words in Virginia Ironside’s article about book clubs. Thank goodness the world and it’s inhabitants aren’t all the same!
I go to two craft clubs. One is knit-only. One is for whatever craft you are enjoying at the moment. Nobody criticise’s each others work or enjoyment of it. Are crafters more complimentary to each other? As Ms Ironside says ‘you get something at the end of a knitting bee’. I get something at the end of a book club meeting – a good feeling inside that I spent some time with friends
Don’t criticise something somebody else does just because you don’t like it yourself. Respect other people.