>I thought we were over this

>But apparently not. Where I think listening to instead of reading a book-club selection might get you in trouble would be if another member challenged you to point out textual evidence for whatever point you were making. When the book under discussion is He's Just Not That Into You, however, maybe that problem doesn't come up.

Jon Scieszka discusses his wife's book club in the September Horn Book, saying that more often than not the book is peripheral to the discussion, which centers more on what's going on in the members' lives. What we used to call a kaffeeklatsch. And that's why guys tend to not like them. We tried one once at the Horn Book--the book was Sapphire's Push--and it was not very successful. I blame the book, though.
Roger Sutton
Roger Sutton
Roger Sutton has been the editor in chief of The Horn Book, Inc, since 1996. He was previously editor of The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books and a children's and young adult librarian. He received his M.A. in library science from the University of Chicago in 1982 and a B.A. from Pitzer College in 1978. Follow him on Twitter: @RogerReads.
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>Oops. I mean SaraH. Sorry.

Posted : Aug 04, 2007 11:37


>That's brilliant, Sara! I think you nailed it. For me, actually, listening is a little harder.

Posted : Aug 04, 2007 11:36


>I suspect that people who speak out against audio books might find reading a bit of a challenge. For them reading an entire book is an Accomplishment, and so listening to one is cheating (as it would be if a third grader did the required reading that way). To people who read books all the time, this makes no sense at all, because listening and reading take the same amount of effort.
Of course, the single best way to make reading easy is to READ, so maybe in a few years these naysayers too will be doing half their reading on tape during the commute.

Posted : Aug 04, 2007 02:45


>Audio or print--what's the difference? It's the same exact words. And you still use your imagination to create the pictures. If someone NEVER read a book and only listened to audiobooks, I might worry they were missing out, but as far as any one particular book, who cares? Those book club people sound like the worst kind of snobs--the kind who are snobby over absolutely nothing.

Posted : Aug 03, 2007 05:46


>Book clubs! BORING! Because yuu can only listen and talk and eat. Now, at quilt guild meetings, we get to listen, talk, eat, and sew and be goofy any time we want to in the meeting...and likely, we discuss books just about as much as anyone does in a book club....yes, yes, yes, the President has to "yell" at us from outer space now and again approve something...or other...just makes it more fun.

Posted : Aug 03, 2007 04:45

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