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Why You Should Join A Book Club

Why Join A Book Club?

 
When life gets hectic and deadlines loom, reading can be one of the first things to fall off the radar. Especially reading for pleasure.

I am a self-proclaimed book geek. Ever since I was a child I’ve devoured books. In my opinion, there is nothing (AT ALL) more satisfying than spending a rainy day curled up with a page-turner.

Oddly enough, until recently I’ve not been a part of an organized reading effort. I had no idea what I was missing.

Reasons To Join A Book Club

Why You Should Join A Book Club

It’s a break from everyday life.

Books and book clubs can pull you up out of your world when life gets tough. (And it always gets tough.) Joining a book club is both an escape and a journey into something rich and wonderful. It is a chance to lose yourself.

My book club truly keeps me sane; it’s the circle on my calendar, often the light at the end of a very long tunnel.

To stretch your reading muscles.

Reading books for nothing more than their entertainment value, is a joy unto itself.

Why You Should Join A Book Club

(IMHO) Books you read in a structured setting tend to offer you more variety as well as lead you a bit out of your comfort zone. I know that I personally read more carefully (and thoughtfully) in a club setting because I know that I’ll be expected to contribute to the discussion at large.

Intellectual stimulation.

Admit it – the last time you debated the finer points of anything was in college. How often in our everyday life are we actually pushed to think (and speak) outside of our comfort zones?

Exactly.

Each new read is a chance for us to learn more about ourselves, as well as society at large. Book club members don’t always agree on everything, which makes the discussions that much spicier and memorable.

Its fun!

It’s not just about books, you know. There’s wine. And snacks. And friendship. And camaraderie. Taking the time to enjoy yourself and have some fun with people who love to read is rewarding. It also helps inspire and recharge your creative juices. Also, there is usually wine. (Did I mention that yet?)

I’ve benefitted in so many ways from being a member of my book clubs (yes, I am involved in more than one) both intellectually and personally. The exposure to the diverse types of literature and life viewpoints I wouldn’t have encountered otherwise, has truly helped me grow.

Want a peek into some of the great reads I’ve tackled so far this year? I have a Pinterest board devoted to to the subject. (I’ll be adding to it throughout the rest of 2015, so check back often.)

Blogger. Marketer. Deadline juggler. Flibbertigibbet. A fan of all things glitter and girly, Jen’s passions include gabbing with girlfriends, running marathons, sipping (okay, gulping) cocktails and waxing poetic about the tortured soul of Professor Snape. Rarely found without her nose in a book (or her iPhone), she acknowledges that her level of geekery might not be for everyone. Consider yourself warned. Her ultimate goal in life is to be a professional wanderer of the internet or Amy Poehler’s BFF. (Both totally accomplishable, of course.)

Comments (8)

  • I would love to join a book club. Very few of my friends read for pleasure as I do. The problem I usually run into is that it eventually becomes inactive and the ones that are active read genres that I’m just not that interested in.

    Still, these are all very good points!

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  • I joined a book club years ago after a breakup of a longterm relationship. I’m so grateful to the people in that book club. They made getting through a hard time so much easier. I made new friends and many of them I’m still in touch with today even though I’ve since moved to a new city. I also read some great books I might not have otherwise been exposed to. So, I agree: yay, book clubs!

    Found you through SITS sharefest. 🙂

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  • I’ve never done a book club – I want to join!!!

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    • We’ll be giving more details as we pull it together, but you should totally join!

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