And just what, you may ask, is The Lazy Person’s Book Group?
Well, if you occasionally long to toss the phrase “My book group…” into casual conversation, but you balk at the notion of regular book club meetings, assigned titles, and/or discussing literature with others, this is your no-fuss alternative.
To participate, simply nod at your screen. Then pick one or more of the books from the suggestion list below, and read it or them at your convenience.
That’s it! All of the benefits of a book group. None of the hassle.
Now that we’ve cleared up the complicated membership requirements, let’s move on to your reading options.
The list below is longish, to give you plenty to choose from; but remember you only need to pick one to be in.
- A book by someone who shares your name. Could be an author with your same last name, or your first name, or, heck, your middle name, or your nickname, or even your codename with the FBI witness protection program. Whatever works for you works for us at Book Group HQ.
- A book that was a childhood favorite of yours but that you haven’t gone back and re-read as an adult. Until now.
- A “hot” book – something that’s showing up on lots of summer book lists and/or that’s getting scads of good reviews. Or, a book that has “hot” somewhere in the title. Or, a book that you forgot about and left in the car in the sun for too long.
- A book written in a century you know next to nothing about.
- A book recommended to you by one of your kids. If you don’t have kids, a book recommended to you by someone else’s kid or kids. Incidentally, my own kids are very opinionated, so if you need some proxy kids for a book recommendation, holler; I’ll send them over and pick them up within three or four days, promise.
- A book about a skill or hobby you’ve always wanted to learn but haven’t gotten around to yet. Doesn’t have to be a how-to or even nonfiction (though it can be if you’d like it to), as long as the book has some connection to your interest.
- A book by a debut novelist.
- A book currently popular with that other kind of book group (you know, the let’s-all-read-the-same-book-and-meet-in-person-to-talk-about-it kind (aka the who’s-bringing-the-corkscrew kind)). This gives you the opportunity to crash one of their meetings: “Hey, my book group read that, too! Pass the Merlot!”
- A book with a color somewhere in the title.
- A book with a connection to Michigan. I know, I know, always with the MichLit agenda. But truly, Michigan has great writing talent, and I like to encourage folks to discover Michigan’s authors if they haven’t already.
- A book written by an octogenarian. Or, a book written about an octogenarian. Or, heck, a book recommended to you by an octogenarian. Or, if you’re an octogenarian, pick any book you want (but maybe make it a short one?).
- A book by a celebrity. (I’m including this option because I secretly want to read Steven Tyler’s autobiography and need an excuse to do so.)
- A book with an intriguing cover.
- A book you’ve openly scoffed at, and/or mercilessly made fun of, but have not actually read. Or, a book you once wrote a paper about for a high school English class but did not actually read. Also acceptable: that book you faked reading for the book group you recently got thrown out of. (In any case, it’s OK to skip the middle 100 pages if they’re just not working for you.)
- A book with the word “beach” or “sand” somewhere in the title.
- A book that’s really, really funny.
- A book that doesn’t fit into any of these categories but that you were planning to read anyway
I'll teach you the secret handshake later, but in the meantime, Welcome to the Group, and Happy Reading!