In praise of reading

It’s happening. Our Book Club is finally starting up again after a few previous attempts when it seemed, prematurely, that COVID protocols were over. This book club is a little unusual in that we have removed the pressure of all reading the same book. Instead we gather once a month to share what we have read as individuals, and what we liked and why. If we haven’t read anything at all that month, no problem. Very low stress.

Mind you, as much as we are looking forward to meeting again for the first time in eons, the notion of sharing everything we’ve each read during this long period of time is a bit unnerving. So we’ve put in a rule for this first meeting: no-one will report on more than 5 books. Now we have the new pressure of deciding which books to report on!

I thought it might be fun – for all of you who have read your way through the pandemic and/or who have book clubs starting up again, or who just love books – to share some profound thoughts about books and reading, and our relationship to them. Enjoy!

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Happy reading, everyone.

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53 Responses to In praise of reading

  1. I’ve got so many books and have decided on behalf of my children who will have to deal with them when I’m gone, I’m donating all I’ve read to friends, family, libraries, and anyone else that wants them. Twelve large boxes have already left the house but at least that many more to go. This is true with all my crafting supplies!!!

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    • Jane Fritz says:

      Very impressive, Rita. You’re a bit ahead of me, but we’re on the same path with downsizing our books. Our public library takes any book in good condition that’s been published within the past 5 years, and you get a tax receipt if they don’t already have a copy of the book. I’ve also been sending boxes to local book sales and to the thrift stores. But there are many I’m going to have trouble parting with. I just like knowing they’re there! My craft supply I’m going to hang on to until our younger two grandkids (currently 5&7) are older. When they can come to visit making things is something we can do together. But that time goes by quickly.

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  2. Diane Taylor says:

    Jane, good luck choosing only five! But what a gold mine that night. Or rhapsody.

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  3. I started reading as a kid and never stopped even when my job kept me up until midnight and started at 6AM! Thanks to retirement I now have many more hours to indulge my passion. Also, thanks to my wife Jill I discovered libraries which I did not have growing up!
    I usually have 2-4 books on the go at any time ranging from biographies, history, crime detective, philosophy, psychology, science and science fiction. I find some of books like Wayne Johnston’s recent “The Mystery of Right and Wrong” rather heavy reading so can only read for a limited time. Other genres I can read a little more but at times I find my imagination and thus attention starts to dwindle so I need to desist and relax.
    It always mystifies me when I find out someone is not a reader!

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    • Jane Fritz says:

      Thanks for this, Wayne. You’re right, readers can’t easily relate to the concept of not reading! That’s quite a wide range of books you dig into. I definitely have to get my hands on this Wayne Johnston book. I actually like reading a book that I can only read in spurts and then have to put down and absorb. I love his books.

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  4. Wynne Leon says:

    What a great idea for how to run the book club. And the dream home with a library with ladders. Oh yes!

    Thanks for a great post and smile, Jane!

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  5. dfolstad58 says:

    Ever since I read my first Batman comic I have loved reading. I have many books that I have read twice or more and some I have bought and still waiting to be read. I always seem to have two on the go. I smiled when I read this post as I would definitely fit in this club and I wondered to myself if we were twins separated at birth?
    I have bought three more Sherlock Holmes books recently and have a fourth at my bedside always. Reading to me is a pleasure and having been a strong reader has benefited me as I was able to stay awake even reading boring legal stuff for work, albeit I sometimes had to read it more than once if it was weird definition. LOL

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  6. Rose says:

    All of your cartoons are perfect. 😊 What an awesome book club you belong to!! I’d love to observe your group, it sounds like such a great time. I love reading – mostly nonfiction – but will read fiction if the story holds enough true facts. Lately my topics have been hope, history, health, humor, habits, and better conversations. One (more) thing I love about reading that’s amazing/frustrating, is when an author says the exact words I’m thinking and feeling. I wistfully wish I were smart enough to put those sentences together.

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    • Jane Fritz says:

      Judging from your articulate and heartfelt posts, Rose, I’d say that you are smart enough to put all kinds of profound and insightful sentences together! You would be most welcome in our group. Interestingly, I read more nonfiction than fiction as well, unlike anyone else in our book club.

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  7. Margaret says:

    I like the sound of your book club Jane – no pressure! I used to belong to one and left when I got to the point that the books I really wanted to read were piling up. 📚
    However, several rooms in our house look like your bookcase cartoon!! 😄

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  8. Love them all. Can’t pick a favorite. Here’s one I came across: Reading is a lifestyle.

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  9. Love the idea of everyone “reading out” on what they’ve read versus everyone reading the same book. We like to get together with my brother and sister-in-law and occasionally chat about a book, but half the time the biggest problem is finding something that we all agree on and want to read. And then, I’m a horribly slow reader which makes it even more challenging. Thanks for the idea!

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  10. Bernie says:

    That first comic is 100% me! And then suddenly it’s 0330 and the book is finished!! I wish I could find a book club, I’ve always wanted to join one. Bernie

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  11. Glad you’re starting up again; I really liked the sound of this Book Club, no anxiety about redecorating the living room or preparing wonderful food, just sharing good books you’ve read and hearing what others have to share. My contribution will be the Good Women of Safe Harbour by Bobbi French, a beautifully written first novel about friends and life by a former psychiatrist.

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  12. Love this! People getting together talking about books and … whatever they inspire. Cheers.

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  13. Sounds like it’ll be a fun club! I like that you’re not all required to read the same thing. Everyone’s tastes are so different 🙂

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  14. Mary P Gilmour says:

    Our book club does the same thing, with one difference. We choose a major area for each month we meet – example would be ‘history, non-fiction’ – and report on a book or books in that category. We did ‘bodice rippers’ last spring. That was a lot of fun.

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  15. Belladonna says:

    I find so much happiness books! Love them

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  16. Does the book club have virtual members or just in person?

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  17. Oh my gosh, I haven’t thought of Ann Landers in years. I like your bookclub vibe. That’s a clever way to go.

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  18. Feets says:

    What do you do if you’re trying to read and you struggle with staying interested even if you like the book? I want to be in reading culture but I don’t find myself staying interested enough to keep reading and I don’t stay engaged enough for fiction. How???

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    • Jane Fritz says:

      I go through phases like that myself. It’s a little easier when summer winds down, but you also have to find the kind of book that works for you. That’s why I like our book club where we don’t have to read the same book. Often others describe books they enjoyed that I know I wouldn’t like, and I’m sure that works in the other direction!

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  19. Roy McCarthy says:

    Have never been in a book club, or had any wish to. That’s probably more to do with my general dislike in general of being grouped together with others. I’m definitely not a team player. I always have a book or two on the go though.

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  20. Hi, I’m so excited to join this conversation and talk about books and reading. It’s been a long time since I shared this indulgence and interest, so I’m more eager to read everyone else’s recommendations and thoughts first.

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  21. Jean says:

    I’m not sure I wish to be pigeonholed by a book club helping me choose and then talk. I like to wander in my book selection.

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  22. all these quotes are great!

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