I’ve recently joined a book club. It’s something I’ve been thinking about doing for a while but never really got round to, so when a teacher at my daughters’ old pre-school invited me along to join her book club, I decided to give it a go.
The first meeting was a bit odd as I was the new girl; I felt a bit out of my comfort zone, but everyone was very friendly and made me feel welcome. I’ve had two meetings now and I’ve really enjoyed them. Here’s 7 good reasons to join a book club:
1. You get to talk about books! Seems so obvious, but if like me, you love reading, then a book club is a good excuse to sit around and talk about books! It’s great to have something to talk about other than children or what the husband has and hasn’t done. I love it when a good book stays with you for a while, and I find it infuriating if a book has nagging questions or unfinished business, so being in a book club where you’re all reading the same book is a great way to share your feelings or get to the bottom of those niggling issues with everyone else.
2. You get to read books that you normally would never have chosen. Someone in our group chose the book A Kiss Before Dying for our second read. I was marginally disappointed as it didn’t really appeal to me and I only knew that it was vaguely the story for a Matt Dillon film which has had poor reviews. I ended up reading the book in 4 days flat and had trouble putting it down; it was so gripping and had me totally hooked! It’s quite refreshing to have someone else pick a book which you may never have considered.
3. You get to meet new people. Going to a book club is a great way to meet new people and you know that you will have at least one thing in common with those people – books! I’ve only been to a couple of meetings so far, but we spend a good deal of time talking about other things before we get on to discussing the book that we’ve all been reading. It’s a lovely way to meet other local people. I’ve already spotted one person in our group who seems to share the same sense of sarcastic humour as me and it was interesting to talk to another lady whose family went through a very similar school drama to our family.
4. You get to drink wine. Our book club is held in the evenings in a pub which means it would be rude not to have a drink. Even if you’re meeting at someone else’s house, I’ve heard that alcohol is often involved with book clubs. Drinking wine, chatting and talking about books sounds like heaven to me! And if your book club is during the day, then surely this is a good excuse to eat cake!
5. It gets you out of the house. Sometimes after a busy day and a horrible bedtime with the kids, it can be easy to slump on the sofa and watch rubbish TV. Having a regular commitment like an exercise class, book club or any other hobby can seem like a real pain and an effort to go to, but actually making yourself get out can work wonders and make you feel relaxed and refreshed.
6. It forces you to read by a deadline. I’ve got piles of books by my bedside table and more downloaded to my Kindle waiting to be read. But when you’re given a book to read at book club, you know that you’ve got to finish reading it by a certain deadline which means that it’s a great excuse to avoid the housework and all other obligations until you’ve got your book finished.
7. You get into discussions and debates. I’ve only been to two meetings, but I did find it interesting to listen to other people’s views, particularly when one lady completely disagreed with the rest of us about a book that we had all loved and she had hated. We all agreed in jest that she was probably wrong, but it was entertaining and fascinating to find out what other people are thinking.
Are you in a book club? Do you enjoy it? Let me know if there’s anything else that I’ve missed from this list!