With a world full of readers I haven’t met many who are actually involved in a book club! While I am an avid reader, I joined my first book club in March. We meet once a month at local restaurants and each month one member decides what book/ series we read before the next meeting. While I am new, because of this book club, I have read 9 books (3 different series) since March!
I tend to read pretty fast when I am really into a book, so I’ll read the two books assigned and try and slide in another book of my choosing. My book club is unique, I am the only non-family member in the club (LOL) and we also do community service and 5k’s etc.! My goal for 2017 was to be more involved in the community and meet new people so this club was perfect for me.
For my lovely followers who may be interested in book clubs, here are a few places around your community that help you find fellow book lovers to connect with!
So Meet up is heaven sent! It is an app that connects people who share similar activities together to meet and network, or do an activity together that you enjoy. When I first moved to Nashville I took advantage of Meet up and met some wonderful people there! There are literally a dozen different book clubs just in my community and they all range from thriller read book clubs to classic literature books, to even just all women book clubs! I would encourage you to check your local Meetup and see what they have to offer and while you are there, don’t just stop at book clubs, consider seeing if any of your other hobbies are on there; meeting and connecting with people is fun!
You all know that I am promoting bookstores 😁, so this is definitely on my list as well. A lot of local bookstores have book clubs to encourage locals to come and read and of course buy their books! I for one didn’t know this existed until I visited my local book store but was excited to see this was an option for the community. My local bookstore even had a section dedicated to reads for “off season” book club meetings so that you can stay fresh and not get bored when your book club is taking a break. Also, check out the bookstore’s bulletin board at the front of the store, a lot of community book clubs may be promoting their book club, you would be surprised!
Start Your Own!
I know this may be scary but for the avid readers, I am sure a lot of people ask what your favorite reads are and you are able to spit them out like something crazy! Why not start a small group and encourage people to start reading as well! Due to my reading I have encouraged quite a few of my friends and even my husband to start reading and I know I am not alone! I know a lot of book clubs get a reputation of being a place in which people come together and talk and it is more socializing them discussing the book and I for one hate that! Therefore I for one am considering starting a virtual/ local book club for all my book lovers who actually want to discuss the book! I would still meet locally for any of my Nashville book babies (and yes honey there will be food, what’s a book club if you can’t eat!) but I would also create a way for people who are not local to chime in and join us! So I would love to get feedback, would anyone be willing to join a virtual book club with me?