The clubs’ members aren’t actually slow readers, but readers who tend to have so much going on in their lives (work, school, kids, family, errands, competing forms of entertainment, you name it) that they don’t have the time to just sit there and read a book from cover to cover and be ready to discuss immediately. Rather, they’re people who may or may not be able to find a little time here and there to read, and who can relax because “deadlines” are soft, and they can discuss the book as little or as much as they like once they’re finished on the Slow Readers’ forum.
Plus, the emphasis on the club is enjoying something you love to do (read), and sharing that love with like-minded people. It’s not about who can come up with the most philosophical and provocative comments about the latest high brow novel du jour.
So I’m going to give it a shot. I’ve always wanted to join a book club, and this online format seems a great way to ease myself into it. I joined last week, and bought my first book “due” at the end of February…it’s called Finny by Justin Kramon, which I’ll be digging into tomorrow AM on the way to work.
(Did I mention I’m taking public transportation to work now? It means I have a lot more time on my hands during which I can stare at my fellow travelers or read…obviously, I’d rather read.)