I have found a book buddy!!! YAY! I am so excited. I have always wanted to join a book club, but have had reservations and fears and we can't forget about the minis and Mr. Molly Lou that works a lot.
Anyway, the problems with book clubs are that I am fearful that I won't like it and people will laugh at me. You see, I use reading as an escape and don't always read the most intellectual books. I love a good, funny, mindless read..."chick lit" if you will. I am capable of and have read intellectual texts (just to set the record straight). What if I joined a book club and the people in the group weren't really my type;what if the book choice was B.O.R.I.N.G. and I didn't read it; what if I said that thought in the group and everyone made fun of me and made a face at me; what if it was my choice for the next read and everyone hated my choice and again made fun of me; what if someone asked me something in the discussion and I didn't know the answer; what if....
I know this all sounds trivial and it is. I seem to have a great fear that I am in middle or high school again of not knowing the correct answer and always wanting to fit in. I do consider myself a fairly intellligent person, but have always had this agonizing fear of being embarassed in a group of people I don't know well (that's a hs story for another day) and a separate one of not knowing the correct answer. These are the things that keep me up at night. That's why I always taught second grade...knew the answers there and pretty much still know all the answers to the mini questions (although Mini #1 has had some interesting ones lately).
Solution to my book club anxieties?????? Get a BOOK BUDDY! This is the best idea yet. You see, you and your book buddy exchange books after reading them. You can discuss or throw out thoughts and ideas with your buddy as you see fit via email, phone, text, lunch or coffee visit, but there is NO PRESSURE. No pressure to read the book within deadline, no pressure to pretend you liked it, and no pressure to purchase a lot of books. The deadline is a big one for me. There are some days/weeks when I don't read at all for fun and then others when I crave that time after the minis and the Mr. are in bed. NeedI remind all of you that we are in a recession and the prices of books aren't fitting in to some revised family budgets? This book exchange cuts down on those Barnes & Noble bills.
I do love Barnes & Noble and the book buddy system doesn't take that out of your life, only buys you more time in between visits, much to the happiness from the Mr. Perhaps your book buddy just makes a suggestion and you chat about it, the library is still there waiting for you. This is also helping you be eco chic-you're REUSING the books that otherwise would have just sat collecting dust on the shelf.
My advice...go get yourself a book buddy!! Have a great day. Cheers!
PS-perhaps all of the money that I will save because of my book buddy will allow me to purchase the yellow Preston Hollow Tote!?!?!?!?!