This is my response to last weeks class where we held our own book clubs / socratic seminars.
Book club day in SI 643 is a lot of fun and it was a good way to start of the second leg of this semester. All of the groups in our book club did a great job leading through their picks and everyone seemed willing to discuss and keep the club moving on point. This was only my third or so exposure to participating in a book club and it was my very first one where I was expected to not only participate but also to lead one based on questions I come up with.
Although I enjoyed having a partner for this project, I feel that having a partner brings with it some challenges. I am not sure if it is a case of being better prepared or determining one leader and one back-up but I know I felt at times like I wasn’t sure if I was stepping on my partners toes by talking too much, or too little or what. This was definitely a good experience though as I have never had to come up with questions for a book club. That may be one of the hardest parts because questions that you think are amazing turn out to not receive the same type of discussion as you thought and vice-versa. This probably changes depending on the group you are with and the readings you have though.
Overall, even though I didn’t enjoy reading every book club pick, I did enjoy seeing the different perspectives on running a book club. I also really enjoyed hearing viewpoints on certain stories. Many people had very different interpretations than I did for some of the stories which is great because it gives me a framework to think about when I go back and reread these same stories. Overall I really enjoyed this week and congrats go to everyone! I’m sure your bookclubs were great!