I was recently invited to join a book club. I am not sure why I have never been a part of one before, because I love to read but I am so happy that I said yes. It is a small group of women who also love to read and seem to all have eclectic tastes in books. We meet once a month always on a Wednesday evening at the member’s house who was responsible for choosing the book we supposedly read. Dinner is also provided by our hostess. After catching up with everyone’s life and spending some time exchanging weight loss tips, we move from the dining area to the living room and begin discussing the book.
So far I can see some long term advantages of a book club. It exposes you to other genres of books that you may not have considered before. I think we all get stuck in a rut as to the kind of books we read, television programs and movies we watch and the music we listen too. It also gives you a deeper understanding of what you read by hearing a different perspective about the story. A book club also is an opportunity to sharpen your communication skills when you describe for the group what you got out of the book. It also exposes you to different cultures and life experiences of the group you are a part of. Because many of the books that someone chooses for our group to read, I have read in the past, it refreshes my brain to see something in the story that I may have missed before and gives me a deeper understanding of the subject matter.
It has been 4 months since I joined and the 3 books we have read so far have been: The Red Tent;
Under the Banner of Heaven; and A Year of Wonder. The book we are currently reading is, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.
I am very inspired by this group of women who share a love of reading and are exposing me to books that I would not have thought to read on my own.