Love of books prompts ‘Lit Lounge’ [UPDATED]Published 10:55am Friday, October 25, 2013 Updated 12:56pm Friday, October 25, 2013
Love talking about books and socializing with other book lovers?
Join the Fergus Falls Public Library for a new event — Lit Lounge: a book discussion at The Spot from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. We will discuss, “The Fault in Our Stars,” by John Green. You can pick up a copy of the book at the library or call 218-739-9387 with questions.
“The Fault in Our Stars” is a compulsively readable story about a 16-year-old girl, Hazel, who has terminal thyroid cancer.
Hazel has accepted her fate until she meets a boy at a cancer support group who challenges her perspectives on love, loss and life.
Green writes of tough situations with humor and optimism. Teens and adults alike will delight in this story, pausing only to wipe away tears.
There are numerous benefits to joining a book discussion group.
You get to socialize with other readers, improve your public speaking skills, increase your vocabulary, and expand your horizons by reading diverse books.
Researchers at The New School in New York City have also found that reading literary fiction improves your capacity to understand and empathize with others.
When you discuss a book with others, you improve your comprehension. Knowing that you will talk about the book makes you think more about it as you read and through discussion you learn to better articulate your ideas.
You also get the benefit of each member’s diverse background and experiences. Each person brings new ideas and theories to the book discussion.
In a recent discussion of “Wuthering Heights,” one Library Book Club member remarked on her surprise at the birth of Catherine’s baby — there had been only a small allusion to her being pregnant.
Another member suggested that during the late 1700s, it was likely normal for people not to discuss pregnancy.
This led to an interesting discussion about what the author didn’t talk about in the book — physical intimacy, pregnancy, details of where the main characters got their wealth — and expanded my knowledge of the book and time period.
Don’t be afraid that you don’t have enough expertise to contribute to a book club.
You don’t have to be an English professor to contribute your views and ideas.
If you want to prepare ahead of time, jot down a few notes and questions as you are reading.
These don’t have to be brilliant statements; they will be useful in prompting your memory during discussion.
I use a piece of notebook paper as my bookmark to make this easy.
One more benefit of book discussion? It’s fun. So join us next week on Tuesday at The Spot to discuss John Green’s phenomenal “The Fault in Our Stars.”
Bring a friend, bring a neighbor, bring a family member.
Lit Lounge will also meet at The Spot from 7 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 26, to discuss “Me Before You” by Jojo Moyes. If there is enough interest, we hope to make this series a monthly occurrence.
The library also has a book club that meets once a month on the second Monday at the library.
Library Book Club has been going for over a year. Go to ffpubliclibrary.org/bookclub for more information.
The Spot is located at 220 West Lincoln Ave.
Katelyn Boyer is the Adult Services Librarian at the Fergus Falls Public Library.