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Book clubs have given me so much in the last few years. As you saw in my first post in this series, I love them. They provide me with so much and I could honestly rave on and on about their merits. But, I’ll spare you.
Instead– here are 5 reasons you should join a book club.
1 – You have a wonderful excuse to take time for yourself.
Whether you are participating in person or remotely, a book club is a great excuse to make time for yourself. Grab a cup of tea, settle in, and take some time to read. After all! This is for book club. Schedule time on your calendar for book club and don’t let others take it over. Get away from the kids, or the mess, or the chores or whatever– take some time for you. After all, your book club should be an escape. To me, they are always the highlights of my month.
2- You will read things you never would have picked up.
But seriously, I have picked up books I never would have considered reading. When I started this journey, I read almost exclusively fantasy and historical fiction. Now I read books in almost every genre, and I love them. Authors I’ve never heard of are some of my favorites. I found a passion for YA, for essays (ESSAYS?!), and for audiobooks. Now I am open to reading whatever someone puts in front of me, as long as they are open to my critique. That said…
3 – Some books are begging to be discussed and dissected.
There is nothing better than a good book debate. The great thing is that everyone has different opinions. Thanks to these discussions, I’ve learned to see the world in a different way. conversations might start about the book, but they will eventually venture into related themes in the world. I’ve heard stories of people’s lives and learned more about the human condition through these discussions than any where else.
Plus, books evoke emotional responses from people. You want to share you love for that ‘ship, or your disgust at those dumb decisions or why that character was portrayed that way. Books parallel our lives and we relate to them. In fact, I have one book club I host where someone cries almost every time because we are discussing some seriously painful things. I am a better person for these discussions.
4 – You will learn to read critically.
I’m not saying that you will suddenly become a literary savant and spout of deep analyses of what the book club just read. Maybe? I mean that you’ll be paying attention to what you read. You’ll find themes are easier to see, you will better understand what make “good” writing, and you’ll learn what you love. This is an easily transferable skill. Suddenly, you’ll be more eloquent in your work emails and presentations. You’ll find themes and writing techniques popping out in the news articles you are reading. Heck- you might even start searching for different news sources! Why? Because of book club.
5 – You will make new friends.
This, in my opinion, is one of the best things about book clubs. In the past year, I have developed and expanded friendships in ways I never expected. I honestly think that people want to spend more time with me because they know I am willing to share my opinions and listen to theirs.
Book clubs foster strong relationships. There is food, lively discussion, and respect. You learn to debate and to listen to everyone’s opinion in their turn. The respect provided through book club discussion fosters friendships. These conversations will let you get to know your book club members better and better– they will be become people you can rely on. In fact, my book club friends are some of the best friends I’ve ever had. Whether they were my friends before the book club was formed or not, they are amazing people. I wouldn’t trade them for the world.
What do you think?
- What are other reasons you have joined book clubs?
- What do you get out of being a part of a book club?
- Do you disagree with any of my opinions?