Ever thought about starting a book club? Well, the best time is right here, right now. Book clubs are the perfect pandemic activity to keep you entertained and connected. And in the age of Zoom calls, it’s never been easier to meet up with friends, new and old, throughout the world.
So what are you waiting for? Check out these benefits to starting a book club!
Connect with Friends New and Old
Starting a book club with friends can be a great bonding experience. You can bemoan the fate of certain characters or argue over lusty love triangles. Typically, book clubs meet once every week or month to discuss a chapter or an entire book that the entire group has read. These meeting times are a great way to keep connected with friends on a consistent basis, even if you all have tons going on in your life. Plus, thanks to Zoom, virtual book club meetings make it possible to maintain contact with friends, even if they are in a completely different state or country.
Joining a book club, either locally or online can also be a great way to make new friends. There are plenty of Facebook groups devoted to the art of shared reading and you might be surprised at the get-togethers your local bookstores throw together. Ultimately, you might find yourself bonding with someone new over a shared love of a book.
Discover New Books
A great aspect of book clubs is that you don’t always choose the required reading. Oftentimes, members of the club take turns suggesting which book should be read next. As a result, you might end up loving a book you never could have imagined or never would have picked up on your own. Who knows, you might just find your new favorite author from a book club.
Extra Motivation to Read
Maybe you’re the type of person who finds it hard to finish a book, or even pick one up in the first place. But if you’re looking for motivation to help you turn the next page, book clubs can be a great driving factor. With book clubs, you discuss certain chapters each week and in order to partake in the discussion, you need to have done the reading. So if you’re the type of person who works best with deadlines, these sort of weekly meetings can keep you on track and give you the spark to continue on.
Hear Varying Perspectives
In most cases, reading is a solitary experience. You interpret the characters and events through your own lens and seldom share your perceptions with others. However, with book clubs, you get to hear a variety of opinions. You might be surprised to find that not everyone shares your same love for a certain character or someone might point out a tricky metaphor you might have missed. The point is, when you discuss a book with other readers, it opens your eyes to varying perspectives that you wouldn’t have had otherwise. These new revelations can make a book fresh and exciting all over again.
So, have you heard enough? Call up those friends, hit the bookstore and get to clubbing! Your next book adventure awaits.