Page Turners: Books, movies, online voting -- Danbury Women's Book Club does it all
She thought it might be a good way to meet people through an activity she enjoyed, but having never been in a book club before she was concerned she might
feel too restricted by having to read the club's selections instead of her own.
Happily, she decided to take a chance. Dias found the club she ultimately joined by checking out www.meetup.com.
The Danbury Women's Book Club was started in May 2007. Dias joined in November 2007 and is co-coordinator for the club with Deborah DiNicola.
The club has a full roster of 10 members. They use Yahoo! Groups to vote on book selections and RSVP for their monthly meetings.
"The members are all females in probably their 30s to 50s," Dias said. "Most are moms, except for me."
Two members hail from Brewster,
N.Y., and the rest live in Danbury or Brookfield.
They meet at a cafe each month year- round, and according to Dias have a good attendance rate.
Some other activities this club does include going to the movies when there's a film made from a book they've read or just a film most of them might be interested in seeing. They started going to the movies in December 2007 and have gone to five or six a year since then. Some of the films they've seen include: "The Kite Runner," "Atonement," "The Other Boleyn Girl" and "Frost/Nixon."
"We'll usually go for coffee after and talk about the movie," Dias said.
Combining books and movies comes through in another activity this club enjoys. Members bestow awards in various categories based on Academy Award categories, but the nominees come from their book selections.
"We've started doing this every six months, because once a year gets to be too much," Dias said.
Categories include Best Male Character, Best Female Character, Best Book, Best Setting, Best Ensemble, Most Believable Story Line, and so forth.
Recent winners have included "Those Who Save Us," by Jenna Blum, for both the Best Book and Best Ensemble. "Revolutionary Road," by Richard Yates, won Best Setting and Most Disappointing Book. "We Need to Talk About Kevin," by Lionel Shriver, won Most Dysfunctional Story.
They vote online and the results are discussed at the next club meeting.
Club members also vote for each month's book selection. At the November meeting, a member picking for January will give Dias three choices. Dias will conduct the vote online and by early December members will know what book will be discussed at the new year's first meeting.
What about Dias' initial concerns about joining a book club? Not to worry, things have turned out fine.
"It's helped me read more. Now I'm averaging two books a month, where before it might have been only one
book every couple of months," Dias
"It's nice to meet people interested in reading. We read a range of genres. We have different life experiences -- it makes discussions interesting."
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