At the library’s book clubs, we’re fortunate that generally, the books we read earn widespread approval from our readers. While our selections don’t always get a Siskel and Ebertian two thumbs up from everyone, it’s safe to say they mostly score at least one and a half thumbs (or, if you find the idea of severed thumbs grotesque, a thumb and a pinky, which is like a thinner, less laudatory thumb). Every now and then, however, a book comes out on the wrong end of the cheer/jeer ratio, inevitably leading one of our book clubbers to wonder aloud “Who picked this book?” While certain individuals can sometimes be implicated for their championing of the offending title, the more complete, more dramatic answer is a Memento-like twist: you.
That’s right: you do it to yourself, you do, and that’s what really hurts. I don’t say that to victim blame you, or to let myself off the hook*, but rather to roundabout-edly bring up the happy fact the titles we end up reading for the library’s book clubs are selected by the people, first by suggestions solicited from all attendees to form a list of possible titles, then by a vote on the titles on that list to determine which books make the cut. Currently, we’re in the first phase of the process, and so I’m turning to you, my potential book club attendees, current attendees, reading enthusiasts, and general well-wishers, for your best suggestions for books that would make for good/stimulating/fun discussion. Whether it’s fiction, non-fiction, a best seller, a little-known indie, a cherished classic, highbrow literature, or silly fluff, we’d love to have your recommendations.
We’re taking suggestions until February 4, so jump in the comments and advocate for your faves. If your suggested title ends up making the book club reading list and ultimately gets panned by our esteemed members, don’t worry, we won’t tell anybody it was your idea. And rest assured, if people like it, I’ll bravely take credit.**
*Ok, maybe just a smidge of that.
**Just joshin’ with ya.