Book Group Expands Your Mind

Well played, Mindbridge Book Group. Well played.

The Mindbridge Book Group sets me up to read things that I would not normally pick for myself. I cannot pretend to be fond of all the selections that my science fiction peers choose for me, but they have opened my brain to reading some things that I would not read. For instance,

Cath: I don’t read high fantasy. I am so done with medieval fantasy. I can’t imagine a single fantasy I would ever want to read again.

Book Group: Well, how’s about this book called The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch.

Cath: I’ll look at it. I’ll read it. I’ll hate it…Hey, this is pretty good, really. Scott Lynch, huh?

Or this one

Cath: Why would I ever consider reading this book about time travelers changing the history of the Civil War? Come on!

Book Group: But this is a seminal writer of SF/F.

Cath: *grumble* Okay. I’ll read this dumb old Civil War book…Hey, this Turtledove guy can write, can’t he?


So. We do have to get outside of our comfort zone every once in a while. Sure, there have been some book club books I’ve not been wild about, and I won’t talk about those here, but suffice it to say that usually the book club gives me at least a few new books and authors to appreciate every year. Shout out to you, fellow hunters of dog-eared paper backs. You should see my copy of Bright Eyes. It’s vintage.

Author: Catherine Schaff-Stump

Catherine Schaff-Stump writes fiction for children and young adults. Her most recent book, The Vessel of Ra, is the first book in the Klaereon Scroll series. She is currently working on its sequel, as well as penning the middle grade adventures of Abigail Rath, monster hunter.

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