I think a book club would be great but it takes me so long to read a book since I only read about an hour a day. I am game though if you want.
Our brussel sprouts were very disappointing this year too. This is the first bad year we've had with them. Maybe because it was so dry and hot? I don't really know why they were so bad this year.
I have never read the authors you've mentioned. I will have to give them a try.