Tonight is book group. Where once we had at least eight people every month, I’m anticipating only two people showing up tonight. Another one is stopping by after a concert with her boyfriend. This my friends, is a PATHETIC showing.
It’s starting to really frustrate me. We started the book group about a year ago with a group of enthusiastic people who actually READ THE BOOK and wanted to come and talk about it. Yes, the book group wasn’t just about books, we did a lot of talking about other things too. But people seemed to be prioritizing it and were actually turning up to the group each month. Now it’s extremely rare for people to come at all. It’s actually getting rare for people to even pick up a copy of the book to read!
We used to pick a book at random, which was good because it meant we read a real variety of books. But then people always procrastinated in getting the book and complained that they didn’t have enough time so books weren’t getting read. So then I started picking up ‘book club books’ at my local library so that everybody could get a copy of the book at each meeting. Unfortunately that’s kind of created a problem because the books don’t seem to have as much variety as they used to so people are sort of getting bored. Ok, I’M getting bored. I love to read pretty much anything, but there’s not a lot to SAY about a lot of these books. Which is kind of a problem.
Which has led us here. To a book group of three people, including me. *sigh* What should I do? Is there anyone out there with any sort of group-energizing suggestions? I really love book group but it’s totally dying a death here. Should I get new members? Draft up questions for each month to ensure a lively discussion? Just accept that our book group is terminal? Anyone have any ideas?