Mommy Lit?

The inevitable has happened.  I’ve been asked to start and run a neighborhood book club for some local moms. Some are friends of mine, which makes me interested, but. Here’s my problem.  I’ll confess, book discussion groups seem like work to me.  (Eek!  Can I admit that here?  Well, since they are part of my work, I suppose that’s OK, right?)  So, I’m just not sure that this would be fun for me.

My idea to make it more palatable is to tailor it to the audience – choosing a mix of parenting books for the non-fiction, and “mommy lit” for the fiction.  You know, chick lit and light women’s fiction dealing with motherhood and parenting.  I tend to read a lot of that for fun already, so I have a good amount of titles to choose from.

Naturally, I’d poll the members first to see if that’s the sort of reading they’d be interested in.  But blog readers, what do you think?  Too cliche?  Too easy?



About the Author:

Rebecca Vnuk is the editor for Collection Management and Library Outreach at Booklist. She is also the author of 3 reader’s-advisory nonfiction books: Read On…Women’s Fiction (2009), Women’s Fiction: A Guide to Popular Reading Interests (2014), and Women’s Fiction Authors: A Research Guide (2009). Follow her on Twitter at @Booklist_RVnuk.

7 Comments on "Mommy Lit?"

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  1. I would bet that they will be up for chick lit & light reading about women. Parenting books, childcare, that sort of thing is going to feel like WORK to them. I bet they are looking to escape as much as you are. Go for it. Don’t over think it. Pick books that already have discussion guides that go with them, if you like. But I’ve found that it doesn’t take but one or two questions and before you know it, time is up.

  2.' Heidi says:

    I have a different perspective than Elisabeth, but it will really depend on the group. Don’t sell them short on what they might be interested in tackling. For some of us SAHM’s the book club reading is a real escape to higher level thinking and conversation. I need it to keep my brain stimulated and wouldn’t be caught dead reading chick lit for book club (although I might devour it on my own). Just a contrary opinion.

  3.' Keith says:

    Don’t exclude more literary works. Parenting is already a large part of their lives so it might be nice to read books that differ.

  4.' Carol says:

    When I was a stay-at-home mom, eons ago, we were all college graduates who wanted to use our brains by discussing challenging literature. And, we had a great time doing it. Find out what they want and perhaps ease your burden by sharing, perhaps rotating the leadership as we did.

  5.' Barbara says:

    definitely take the book poll of members. I agree with everyone who commented about parenting books and please don’t sell the moms short. Two of my books club had have all moms but one –me. There was no difference in book selection of the moms as the selection of my book club of professional women friends.

  6.' Becky says:

    I am afraid they may be sick of focusing on parenting and may want to use the book group to read other things. I have a few friends who are in book clubs for just this reason- to read all the stuff they are missing while focusing on their kids. They are looking for an excuse to read about something else. However, I could be completely wrong. I would suggest polling them on what they want to read.

    Oh, and I totally agree with you on the “it feels like work” comment. I run so many book clubs for work that I cannot bear to be in one for fun. I love doing them and have fun with my groups, but it is work.

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