Sometimes it is the books you least expect which cause the best discussions.
This week my book club met to discuss Raynor Winn’s The Salt Path – her account of walking the South West Coast Path with her husband Moth after they not only lost both their home and livelihood but Moth was also diagnosed with a terminal illness. I read a great many glowing reviews when it first came out and everyone I have ever spoken to has absolutely loved it. That was the first reason I thought we wouldn’t have a great discussion – when all of us love a book we have very little to say.
The second reason was that the only other time we have read a non-fiction book we really struggled to talk about it. We couldn’t dissect the plot because it was true and it was one of those books about which nobody had any very strong feelings. We all enjoyed it but nobody loved it or hated it. It turns out that as a group we need strong feelings to get a decent discussion!
As I said though, books can surprise you. I have to admit that I didn’t love The Salt Path but I didn’t dislike it either. However, the book group as a whole had a lot of strong opinions. There was a really good turn out and what ended up being an excellent discussion. People had a lot to say!
It was one of the best meetings we have ever had and was exactly why I wanted to join in the first place. There is nothing like talking about books with other people who love them as much as you do.