Have you ever recommended a book that your book group members just weren’t that jazzed about reading? I remember the selection process for 2007. I recommended The Road, by Cormac McCarthy. Many of the members did not want to read it because it was chosen by Oprah. It was also too dark and depressing. It never made it on the list. However, many months later some of the club members decided to read it on their own.. and they all agreed it was one of the best books out there. It’s definitely a book that has stayed with me. See! I wasn’t crazy!
The same can be said for Uncle Tom’s Cabin, by Harriet Beecher Stowe. Someone suggested it and although I admitted that it was on my list of “must reads”, I was not excited about reading it and actually dreaded it. That all changed after just a few pages and the rest of the group felt the same way. None of us would have picked that book on our own.
If your book group has ever selected an “odd” or “not so popular” title, then check out this article posted over at Book Group Buzz. I am still trying to get my group to select Moby Dick. So far… I have not been successful!