I know that everyone has been talking about Goodreads lately. Half the people want to leave.. half the people want to stay. This post is not about that... I assure you. This is about all those book clubs you see on goodreads. Oh you know the ones.. there are like thousands of them. I happen to run two groups on there and have run them since 2007. I moderate The Young Adult Book Club and the Stephen King Fans group.
Honestly lately I have seen such a drop in participation. I work really hard in the Young Adult Book Club. I read along every month. I work on getting authors to stop by for Q&As (even though there hasn't been an author stop by for a while now). I think that in the Young Adult group there are maybe 2-10 people out of 6648 members who actually comment in the book club discussions. And those people aren't even reading along they are the ones who have already read the book and then maybe comment. I take the time to read the book and come up with 5-6 discussion questions which I think makes my group a little different then the tons of others on goodreads who just put the title of the book and then everyone discusses from that. This group even takes volunteer discussion leaders from the members who might want to read a book for one month and then discuss it. Sometimes though I have felt bad for people who have volunteered for this if there aren't that many people participating in the discussions.
The King group is much more active. This month we are reading Doctor Sleep and there are plenty of people reading along. 5834 members in that group I think people stay pretty talkative. Each month in both groups around the 20th I take the time to set up the polls to vote on the next book of the month send out a group email to announce the poll and the challenges in the group and any other news. Funny how many people vote in the polls. Quite a few more then actually read a long with the group.
I am curious.. how many of you are actually apart of a book club on goodreads? Do you ever actually participate in the group reads? What would make you actually want to participate... or would you just rather read what you want and maybe comment if the group happens to be reading a book you have already read? I have been questioning participating in the Young Adult Group anymore. I always thought it was very important for the moderator to read along each month to encourage participants but it seems like I am discussing the book with myself.