Benefits of being in a Book Club
I joined a book club early last year. It started with a conversation of facebook, a watsapp group then the first book review at Java. It’s an awesome book club with unique members who I may never have met if it weren’t for the book club. The book club went beyond the shared interest in books and soon, friendships were formed. These are women and men(there are 3 in the group) that I can talk to about (almost) anything. We have been there for each other through the laughter and the tears and of course through some awesome books. Honestly, they are the coolest people that I know. Our book club is called, The Literary Gems.
So why should you join a book club:
“Book clubs are totally dope – like English class if you were allowed to read only books that you actually like and snack and sip while discussing them.”
― Sam Maggs,
1. The Friendships: As I have already mentioned, I got to meet new people and form beautiful friendships through the book club.
2. More Reading: Being in a book club has definitely helped me read more especially in preparation for book reviews. I also have to be more conscious of the books that I read. Each time I read a book, I have to think about the plot and the characters. Sometimes I smile as I read because I already know what certain members of the group will say about certain characters 🙂
3. The Discussions: As a reader, Many are the times that you come across a great book that you just want to talk about. The good thing about being in a book club is that you all have a shared interest in books and so can discuss books all day long. It’s always interesting to find a book that everyone is excited about. I love talking about books and so I am grateful that I found people who enjoy the same thing.
“None of us had any experience with literary societies, so we made our own rules: we took turns speaking about the books we’d read. At the start, we tried to be calm and objective, but that soon fell away, and the purpose of the speaker was to goad the listeners into wanting to read the book themselves. Once two members had read the same book, they could argue, which was our great delight. We read books, talked books, argued over books, and became dearer and dearer to one another.”
― Mary Ann Shaffer
4. Interesting books: Well I think that a book club can help you find out very remarkable books that you probably wouldn’t have found on your own. Some of the interesting books that my club has read include;
- A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaleed Hosseini
- Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
- Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi
- The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
5. Challenging Books: I do not read science fiction, slow or complex books. I love reading books that have simple and fast story-lines. However, the beauty of being in a book club is that you get challenged to read books out of your comfort zone. Some of the challenging books that we have read include:
- Adultery by Paulo Coelho– I did not like the protagonist. I didn’t understand her, I thought she was irrational and would have quit reading the book if it weren’t recommended by the book club. Well, I’m glad I was pushed to read it because that is one book less from my unfinished books pile
- Moon Tiger By Penelope Lively– This is my only ‘ Digehota’ book. I didn’t even try. Something about the English and the complexity of it and plus I was doing my exams but maybe someday I will get to it.
- 11/23/63 by Stephen King– This book has aspects of Time Travel so it’s not something that I would have picked on my own but I am glad that the book club picked it. I also learned an interesting phrase, the past is obsolete!
6. Discovering new places: Okay, I must admit, I always get excited about the meeting places. They are always new places for me. We met at some Java that I have never been to. Another discussion was held at a quaint restaurant called Reata. This month we are meeting at Habesha. It’s been an adventure not just about reading and discussing books but also discovering delightful new places.
“What’s the point of having a book club if you don’t get to eat brownies and drink wine?”
― Jami Attenberg,
Cheers to the Literary Gems for the wonderful books, discussions and the friendships.