Ultimate Guide to Book Clubs Part 1: Reasons to Join a Book Club

Welcome to my new feature Ultimate Guide to Book Clubs, in which I will do my best to answer all of the questions you may have about joining a book club. Why take part? Where can you find one? What actually happens at a book club meeting? Do you have to be a scholar of high-brow literature to be welcome?

This week I will be sharing my top 7 reasons to join a book club:

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1.Meet like-minded people

Personally, this was the main reason that I joined my book club. None of my friends were really into reading and I wanted some people to talk books with! It’s not all about the books either, we chat about plenty of other things as well and take a genuine interest in each other’s lives.

My book club is made up of a huge range of different backgrounds, ages and occupations but we all have one thing in common – a love of reading.

2. Become more motivated to read

As they say, there’s nothing like a deadline! I am always motivated to read more when my book club meeting is approaching and I want to get the pick of the month finished. I have also buddy-read trickier books such as Les Miserablés with friends from my book club which really helped.

3. Add variety to your reading life

Being in a book club encourages you to read books that you might not normally pick up – and often I have ended up becoming addicted! I now read a much wider variety and I’ve got into entire new genres including non-fiction and poetry.

The books we have read together have removed some of my prejudices surrounding certain genres.

4. Get more out of the books you read

I find that I always remember books better if I’ve read them with my book club; I think about them more as I’m reading them. Listening to new ideas at the meeting can also completely change the way that I think about a story.

5. Improve your confidence

When I first started attending, I used to just quietly listen in the corner most of the time. However, now I’ll happily get involved in debates and stand up for my opinions (and poor Anne Bronte!)

6. Looks good on application forms

I’m really not a fan of doing things just for your CV, but an additional pro of being in a book club is that it does look quite impressive in that menacing hobbies & interests section. It definitely helped with my English Literature university application.

The skills developed at book club without you even realising it, such as confidence, debate and communication, can help to enhance your CV.

7. Blogging material

In-depth discussions about books have helped me to write more detailed book reviews and find new angles to discuss what I’m reading.

Bonus: it’s fun!

My book club is one of my favourite events each month and I look forward to it a great deal. If you’re into reading, whatever the author, genre or interest, there will be a book club for you somewhere out there! Look out for next week’s feature on how to find a book club to join.

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Are you in a book club? What is your favourite thing about it? Let me know in the comments – I would love to hear from you!

4 thoughts on “Ultimate Guide to Book Clubs Part 1: Reasons to Join a Book Club”

  1. Yes!! These are all fantastic, spot-on, reasons to join a book club. Might I (controversially!) suggest that they’re all also great reasons to blog about books! Book blogging for me has been like joining a virtual worldwide book club. I’ve connected with like-minded people from all over, I’m reading more than I ever have in my life before (and having more fun doing it!), I’m reading things I wouldn’t normally think to pick up, and I feel a lot more confident talking about books and giving my opinions in Real Life(TM). So if there’s anyone out there feeling like they’re not ready to take the step of joining a book club, starting a book blog might be a good stepping stone 😉 Thanks so much for sharing, I’m really looking forward to reading the rest of this series!!

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    1. Thank you for the comment Sheree! You’re absolutely right, all of these could also apply to book blogging which is such a wonderful virtual community. I hadn’t thought about it like that before! As you suggest, book blogging can be a great start for someone who is a little nervous about joining a book club. Later on in the series I’ll be tackling some FAQs about book clubs which will include some tips to (hopefully) deal with these nerves 😊

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