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Learn English meaning of book clubs

Date: Mar 25 2015

Themes: Friend, Hobbies

Grammar: Reflexive Pronouns

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Many people read for fun. It could be a novel or a book of short stories, but what they have in common is that the books can take a reader to another world. Reading is an activity that people do alone, but what if they want to talk about what they’ve read?

Book clubs are the perfect way to get together with friends to discuss a book they’ve all read. In a book club, you can learn a different interpretation or ideas about the story that you had not thought of before. We often go out with friends to see movies and then chat about them afterwards. Why not do it with books and stories?

Marni tells Jessica about how she wishes she had someone to talk to about a book she had just read. Learn more in today’s English lesson about wanting to join a book club.

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Marni

Marni

Jessica

Jessica

Marni:  Jessica, I just read the most fabulous book. And I was thinking I want to be in a book club.

Jessica:  You should join our book club!

Marni:  Really?

Jessica:  Yeah. It’s such a fun and exciting commitment. Because you choose your book, and then you’re all kind of in it together. You get to read the book and discuss your interpretation of the book.

Marni:  Right, because I found myself really wanting to discuss this book with someone but nobody I knew had read it. What do I do with these questions I have? And that’s what I think makes a good book, right? All the questions that it brings up. I would love to have a lively discussion with your book club about whatever you’re reading.

Jessica:  That would be wonderful. Maybe you can come next week to our book club meeting. And maybe we can read that book and have a very lively discussion about it.

Marni:  I would love to come. Thank you for inviting me to your book club.

Jessica:  Yeah. That would be fun.

 

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Discussion

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Marni is really excited about a book she just finished reading, but she wishes that she could talk to someone else about it. She thinks the book is good, but she has many questions that she would like to discuss. Marni is thinking of joining a book club.

Marni is talking to the right person because Jessica is in a book club. Jessica tells Marni about how her book club can have really fun and exciting talks when they get together. She invites Marni to join her group for the next book they read.

Do you like the idea of a book club? Would you like to talk about stories you’ve read?

 

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ScienceBoy

ScienceBoy

Turkey

I am more like buttafly, instead of a book club I am fan of book stores. I can spend hours in book stores, I like to touch and feel the book before buying it. A book tells me if it’s for me or not when it’s in my hand. That’s why I don’t like buying books online. 

11:38 PM Mar 25 2015 |

tjyuan

tjyuan

China

Reading is my hobby. I have to read 15-20 books per year. In my city there a lot of book clubs. Most of them is coffee shop. We can check the meeting time in network social media. The BBS advise the meeting topic. If I interesting that book or topic, I could booking that.


I think book clubs is a efficent social tools. I could recongize a lot of guys, because we have same interesting.

06:58 PM Mar 25 2015 |

a2020

a2020

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

I love this idea about book club and it is also great for improving our english,and talking about books we read is great because it answers to our questions and it causes to understand it better.

12:29 PM Mar 25 2015 |

ola33

ola33

Japan

I think the book club is not for me. You got to be a fast reader to catch up with those ones who reads fast, in order to be on the same page when you all will in me a cozy circle of trust. ‘Now.. let’s discuss it. Who read the book and who didn’t’. I’m terrified already. Reminds me the school years. I like non fiction mostly and some fiction that throws you into thinking mood long long winter  evening. And the books written with a good language. Oh, I’m too picky :)

crazyshadow

Yemen

yeah ,, goodreads amazing website. one of the best actually.

12:16 PM Mar 25 2015 |

La Princesse de la vie

Egypt

I surely like the idea, but I never tried. I mostly like to read books and rate them on Goodreads, then I may add my comment to join others’ comments, or I can discuss a comment with someone else, so we can share our views and interpretations together. Maybe it can be considered as a book club.

10:43 AM Mar 25 2015 |

Shoba

Shoba

Sri Lanka



Looks like you have found the hidden motive behind my book club visits, dear Julito.


I swear I love discussing about the books, but I love cakes and tea more. I wish you were here, so that we could go to some book clubs together and have fun. 



 

10:28 AM Mar 25 2015 |

buttafly

buttafly

Germany

I love to read a good book, but joining a book club to talk about it during the reading process or afterwards, is not for me. If a book is good,  I totally get sucked into the authors creative style of writing. What I love though is being in a book shop. Browsing, paging, smelling, deciding. The whole process can be very arrousing up to the point when you finally start to get lost in the pages. That’s when I know! That’s when I can’t wait to get home to start escaping the bounds of reality for a little while….

habiba 18

habiba 18

Tunisia

when reading a good novel full of action and emotions, it’s amazing how it can absorb you and effect all your senses and instead of seeing letters and phrases you start seeing landscapes and characters moving and you can almost hear them in your mind, i may not read much but when i do i really really enjoy it :D

s11211s

s11211s

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

Reading a novel or a comic book is so felicific for me and more enjoyable of that, is discus about them with someone or more!
As I know there are some book clubs on the internet that you can share your ideas about whatever you read but, a book club where you can go there, is lively and rapturous.


05:14 AM Mar 25 2015 |

tar1ta

tar1ta

Antarctica

Mahtab.bp, I think the forum is for advanced English speakers. It’s a bit over my head :(


But I’ve already have an idea what to do and I’ve created a photo album called “The Books I’ve Read”. But as you can see I’m too lazy to read many books and to write about them as well :D


Tomorrow morning I’ll add a new photo, I promise you. Be ready to leave comments.


julito1, I’ve read Emilio Salgari’s books as a child and plots seemed to be interesting. But those books were translated very badly. In those old days there were a lot of such books.

04:59 AM Mar 25 2015 |

julito1

julito1

Argentina

Hey, now i am serious. I consider very important to read good books and novels. A book  lets our imagination fly  ,  expand our horizons . Unfortunately with the advent of  new technologies ..read instant communication as internet, smart phones , where is the time  to open a book ? I am glad for  Crazyshadow that is reading a great novel ,Robinson Crusoe. When I was young I used to read Emilio Salgari`s adventures books. I wonder  if  his books are widely read now. hmmmm…. 

Yemeni4u

Yemeni4u

Yemen

Use our general fiction questions when you can’t


find specific discussion questions. They’re basic but


smart.


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1. How did you experience the book? Were you


engaged immediately, or did it take you a while to


“get into it”? How did you feel reading it—amused,


sad, disturbed, confused, bored…?


2. Describe the main characters —personality traits,


motivations, inner qualities.


• Why do characters do what they do?


• Are their actions justified?


• Describe the dynamics between characters


(in a marriage, family, or friendship).


• How has the past shaped their lives?


• Do you admire or disapprove of them?


• Do they remind you of people you know?


3. Do the main characters change by the end of


the book? Do they grow or mature? Do they learn


something about themselves and how the world


works?


4. Is the plot engaging—does the story interest you?


Is this a plot-driven book: a fast-paced page-


turner? Or does the story unfold slowly with a focus


on character development? Were you surprised by


the plot’s complications? Or did you find it


predictable, even formulaic?


5. Talk about the book’s structure . Is it a continuous


story…or interlocking short stories? Does the time-


line move forward chronologically…or back and


forth between past and present? Does the author


use a single viewpoint or shifting viewpoints? Why


might the author have chosen to tell the story the


way he or she did—and what difference does it make


in the way you read or understand it?


6. What main ideas— themes—does the author


explore? (Consider the title, often a clue to a theme.)


Does the author use symbols to reinforce the main


ideas? (See our free LitCourses on both Symbol and


Theme.)


7. What passages strike you as insightful, even


profound? Perhaps a bit of dialog that’s funny or


poignant or that encapsulates a character? Maybe


there’s a particular comment that states the book’s


thematic concerns?


8. Is the ending satisfying? If so, why? If not, why


not…and how would you change it?


9. If you could ask the author a question, what


would you ask? Have you read other books by the


same author? If so how does this book compare. If


not, does this book inspire you to read others?


10. Has this novel changed you —broadened your


perspective? Have you learned something new or


been exposed to different ideas about people or a


certain part of the world?

03:08 AM Mar 25 2015 |

julito1

julito1

Argentina

Hello book fans . Count me in . Not that i`am  eager that a book  took me to another world  .  Although i woud pretend that i am throughly  enjoying a  lively discussion  , my hidden motive is  more of this world  ... wanna guess ? cakes , tea from  Sri Lanka . :)))))

amy19890909

China

I like it. Just like the topic called “put our heads together” yesterday. It is not only for fun, it will develop our futher thoughts.

02:54 AM Mar 25 2015 |

amy19890909

China

I like it. Just like the topic called “put our heads together” yesterday. It is not only for fun, it will develop our futher thoughts.

02:54 AM Mar 25 2015 |

Jasonlongo

Jasonlongo

Congo, Democratic Republic Of The

I really like book clubs ,and I really am into it when we meet, discuss and sometimes make efun of other ppl

02:08 AM Mar 25 2015 |

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crazyshadow

Yemen

I totally agree.



have a nice day too, with my best regards~

12:53 AM Mar 25 2015 |

Shoba

Shoba

Sri Lanka



Thank you, Crazyshadow. These type of gatherings are great when they end in food. 


Have a nice day! 



12:46 AM Mar 25 2015 |

crazyshadow

Yemen

lol, yes as reading is mind’s food, in the same time our bodies will not keep in hunger :D


i love your comment Shoba ;)

12:33 AM Mar 25 2015 |

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