My book club has been meeting for over fifteen years. Sometimes we talk about the book. Sometimes we talk about husbands (its a women’s group), children, jobs, world events, local events, weight loss, old boyfriends, menopause, divorces, old friends…We don’t even have a requirement to read the book. We drink wine and eat chocolate and cheese. But we are old friends and we have the least formal type of “bookclub.”
The women in the group who belong to other bookclubs have different formats. Some are required to report on the book (a friend belongs to a “topic” club. Each month two members present on a topic that interests them). My mother in laws book club all read different books about the same topic, then talks about the topic.