I started a bookclub in 2009, called the book2film club, or b2fc for short. We meet once a month but our primary focus is not books, it’s films. Reading the book in our club is actually optional. We only choose books that have been made into, or will be made into, films.
Watching the movie instead of discussing the book allows everyone to participate, whether they have read the book or not. In our bookclub we have lunch, watch the movie and then usually have a discussion. Sometimes we go to the theatre. Many times our members have no interest in reading the book but after seeing the movie they are moved to pick the book up, and vice versa. You can follow the films we watch at one of my other blogs, b2fc.wordpress.com.
There is a reason I’m telling you all this. I bought a Bookclub Journal to keep track of our selections, ideas for future selections, and who’s hosting when.
I was attracted to the cover at first but waffled on buying it – did I really need to keep a bookclub journal when there is little discussion to record? But it was remaindered and very well priced, so I bought it.
The journal is published by Ryland Peters & Small.
There are tabs for each section.
There is lots of room to make notes and lists.
Each tabbed section has a folder incorporated into the design, which is useful for loose pages.
There are 12 lists in the Suggested Reads section, ranging in subjects like Classic Fiction in English, Mystery and Crime, and Theme: Crossing Cultures.
I take a lot of notes when we are discussing possible selections.
We constantly revise our meeting schedule based on work and family commitments.
The journal has many full page colour plates like this one. Beautiful photography.
The Resources section has 3 lists:
- Online Resources (like http://www.guardian.co.uk/books and http://www.readinggroupchoices.com/),
- Books About Books (above), and
- Annual Awards for Fiction (like http://www.thecwa.co.uk/daggers/ and http://www.nobelprize.org/).
I have a love – hate relationship with this journal. I really enjoy the different sections and suggestions, and how organized it makes me feel. But – the coil binding is stiff and the journal squeaks when I open it. Maybe that means I have to use it more. And the black elastic band that keeps it closed has lost it’s elastic-kyness. It’s like a limp shoelace really.
But other than that we do use this to plan our bookclub schedule and selections and I’d be lost without it.