Today I went to a book grp in a bookstore !!!!! wow been going a few years and we read a wide variety of books although i am not over keen on been given a time limit or being told what to read !!!!
Today we were beginning to read The great Gatsby I was one of the few people who had not read the book but this did not bother me as it would be fresh the leader of grp then asked ” what would the ingredients be in an American novel and a few people mentioned a small town and making it big , after bit of discussion , i was asked what i thought , err nothing a few more people came to join us and we took a quick break ” so what do u think then lou ” again nothing , i hate this kind of thing , if if i had something to say surely i would say , in the past i have bought up this questions and asking people direct ,as puts people on the spot , the person leading the grp has told me in the past that she is aware of people if not spoken but sometimes it is nice just to listen and to be honest if throughly involved in the story does not matter wether it is american British or from Timbuctoo !!
I understand how difficult how difficult it can be , when running reading grp to let all people join in as some people may want to say something but don’t feel confident to say or just happy to listen , i tend to panic more than most if asked directly think this could be cos aspergic and also as kid was an elective mute , this used to upset other people more than me that did not speak , but as one who knows what it is like to be extremely quiet and today relatively chatty i would always say just live and let live , dont worry too much if a kid is not speaking and if a person is not joining in as much as usual , also leave alone a person will always speak if got something to say !!!!