One of the highlights of the month for me is the IST Library Parent Book Club meeting. It’s a lovely time where members get together for coffee and gourmet teas, and lively discussion about our chosen book. Of course we don’t limit our conversation to the book, there’s lots of tips for life in Tianjin too!
Our first book for the 2013-2014 school is Bad Karma, by David Safier. From talking to our members as we catch up after the summer holidays, I find that most everyone found it very entertaining. The book centers around a workaholic TV producer who dies in the first chapter and is reincarnated as an ant. To be able to move up on the reincarnation wheel, she must perform good deeds to accumulate enough good karma to offset the bad karma she earned in her life as a heedless and arrogant human being.
For the IST Library Book Club, we all suggest titles for the next session at each session. We collectively choose one, making sure that it is easily available in China via Chinese online bookstores so that we can get the book in in a timely manner. Books are also often available as ebooks from Amazon or iBooks. Everyone is responsible for paying for their own copy. The library usually purchases a copy to have in our collection as well.
Our discussions are informal. We often use a discussion guide that I’ve downloaded from the Internet. My favorite site for discussion guides is LitLovers.com, a site dedicated to book clubs. The publishing company for the book is also a good place to find discussion guides. Because I have not been able to find a discussion guide for Bad Karma, we’ll use a generic guide from LitLovers.
To join our book club, please register via the widget on the sidebar. This helps us help new members get the book, and it also helps track our success.
Don’t have time to read the book? Come anyway and help chose the next one.
See you on Wednesday!