So, I frequently get asked questions about why I go to book club every month. So, I thought I would do a post answering all the questions I’ve been asked so far.
Why do you go to a book club when you’ve got so many books? (Asked by a non-reader)
I’ve always wanted to join a book club. I’ve always loved the idea of reading a book in a group and then sharing your thoughts about it in person. I also love the idea of meeting new people who share a passion for reading
unlike you .
I may have loads of books, but at book club I get discover new authors and genres that I wouldn’t normally read, and the books I own are ones that I wanted to buy and read for myself.
How long have you been going to a book club?
It’s been 7 months since I’ve joined my current book club, and I look forward to it every month.
How do you get time to read all your books and book club books?
I make time to read my book club reads. If it’s a smallish book I usually start reading it about 2 weeks before our next meeting. If it’s a bigger book or one that I know I’ll struggle with then I start it the same week as we get it. Sometimes I even download the audiobook if I can to help me along.
How do you find the perfect book club?
Well I’d tried a few before finding my book club. Below some things I suggest you do.
Check out the book club first if you can.
Make sure it’s somewhere you can get to easily. Then try to find out what types of books the club like reading to make sure they read a variety and not the same genre every time. There may be a few titles or genres that you may not normally read but it’s good to try reading new things.
Think about whether you want to be in a serious full on study group style book club or a book club which is more of a social gathering.
Book Clubs can vary in styles and some book clubs can be very intense, in the sense that they take reviewing and discussing their books very seriously and take an approach and they almost analyse every sentence or chapter.
On the other hand, there are some book clubs that are chilled out and are more of a social gathering where they meet up, have a little chat and then discuss the book they have read over a cup of tea or coffee and a few biscuits.
Personally, I like book clubs that are relaxed and consist of both a social gathering as well as discussing the book that we’ve finished reading.
Make sure you get on with the people at the book club
Sometimes a book club may have everything you’re looking for but it may not have the right group of people, the only way to do this is to attend at least one or two meetings. If you’re like me you’ll know if you’re going to get on with the group from your first meeting.
I have personal experience of this. I found a perfect book club at one of my local libraries, it was held at the perfect location, on the right day and time, but when I got there I met the most grumpiest and rudest individual who put me off the club and I never went back. In fact she was so rude that I never even stayed for the first meeting. When I got there the first thing she said was, can you move this table has is reserved for our book club. I tried to explain to her I was there to join their group, and the librarian told me to wait here, but she insisted that it wasn’t for me and that they didn’t have any spaces left to take new people.
If you think you’ve found your perfect book club don’t forget to ask some questions. Here are a list of questions I asked my friend before attending my first book club meeting.
- How long do you meet for?
- What types of books do you read?
- What sort of things do you talk about relating to the book?
- What if I can’t finish a book in time?
- What if I can’t come to the meeting at the last minute?
- What are the other members like?
My final piece of advise is
Leave as soon as possible if you’re not enjoying yourself
If you don’t like a book club leave as early as possible, don’t keep going back. The worst thing you can do is keep going back and forcing yourself to take part in something you’re not enjoying.
I hope this is useful to anyone looking to join a local book club, and wish you luck in finding the perfect book club.
Also If you’re interested in joining a book club but are unable to attend a local one don’t worry there are many other ways you can join. Keep an eye out as I will be posting a whole post about the different book club options that I have found.
Let me know if your part of a local book club, and how you found it. Loved to hear all about it.
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