By Amanda Cowherd
Mason Times staff writer
Avid book readers attended a book club in Mason despite living in cities miles away
On Wednesday, Feb. 19, nine women attended the club, which was hosted by Bestsellers Bookstore and Coffee Co. owner Jamie Robinson. Robinson started the club four years ago.
Anyone is welcome to participate in book club and partake in the coffee and chocolate chip cookies. Though the club is based in Mason, it has members from Dansville, Okemos and Leslie.
Robinson likes reading books from local authors. Three-year member Evelyn Burgess from Mason said we need to keep authors in Michigan.
The latest book read by the club was “The Life List” by Lori Nelson Spielman, a Michigan native who plans to attend a future meeting.
Robinson, who leads the meetings as long as she has had time to read the book, said it’s not hard to keep the conversation going, even if it’s a bad book. They critique it, read background about it and sometimes have a call-in with the author. All genres are welcomed: romance, comedy, nonfiction and more.
After giving their opinions of the book, the book lovers started chatting about other novels they read during the month. With the Michigan cold keeping many people inside, it was good reading weather.
The discussion led one newcomer, Leigh Ferenci from Leslie, to buy five books after the meeting. Ferenci said that if “The Life List” hadn’t been assigned, she wouldn’t have read past the first few pages, but she ended up enjoying it. Robinson said that’s one of the great things about the club: there are many voracious readers bringing new book ideas.
“If it’s a good book, I wake up thinking about the book, so you just start reading again,” Robinson said.
It’s not necessary to buy the paperback book being read by the club—although Robinson does offer a 20 percent book club discount.
“I think bookstores and libraries should promote each other, and we try to do that here in Mason,” Robinson said.
The Mason Public Library is right around the corner from Bestsellers.
Each month’s book is announced on the Bestsellers Bookstore website, and book club takes place the third Wednesday of every month at 6:15 p.m. Both women and men are invited to stop by to discuss the next book, “June Bug” by Chris Fabry.