A few weeks ago I finished the worse book I have ever read in my life. I never want to think about it again but if you are curious to know what it is, then, you can have a look at Books read in 2014, part 2.
Reading this novel made me realise that I was a maniac reader; I can’t stop reading a book even when I am bored to my bones!
It also triggered my thinking about book clubs.
In 2013, I decided to join a book club because I wanted to get back into reading. Before I knew it, I was a member of two book clubs (I registered at the library and was put on a waiting list so I joined the book club in my street. Then, the library contacted me and I decided to give their book club a go.) I have gone from not reading at all to have constantly a book in my hand. I read now about 25 pages every day.
But, lately, I’ve been reconsidering my membership to my book clubs mainly because I don’t get enough time to read in the genres I love which are romantic fantasy and magic realism.
My two book clubs are so different and if I have to choose, I wouldn’t be able to know which one to pick.
At the library, I have met so many amazing ladies. We really do discuss the book for an hour. Everyone interprets the book according to her own experience and what they are going through at this point of their life. So, we always get many interesting and different perspectives on the story.
My street book club is also great. I love the fact that we have like a secret society in my own street! The ladies are so lovely and we do discuss the book, for about 5 minutes, before carrying on about many other interesting subjects, eating cheese and cake and having wine and tea! How can I drop this one!
I’m also a member of a virtual book club called The Pink Fibro (you should totally check it out, it’s open to everyone.) That one has a big advantage: skipping a month if you are not particularly interested in the book.
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Here are some pros and cons of book clubs.
- Making sure that you read at least one book a month;
- Helps getting back into reading and keep reading;
- Makes you discover new authors, new genres, new novels you might never had picked otherwise (I have discovered some of my favourite novels such as The Shadow of The Wind and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society);
- Makes you read widely and open your eyes to new types of writing styles (very inspiring if you are a writer);
- Meet new people and share about your love of books;
- Discovering other point of views and elements in the story you haven’t perceived while reading.
- Read books you don’t like;
- If you are a slow reader like me, you don’t get to read all the books you really want to read;
- You can end up being the only person in your group who read the book. That can be very annoying especially when you haven’t picked the book and you hate it;
- You can also end up going to the book club and not talk at all about the book. That also can be annoying if you were all excited and prepared.
Are you a member of a book club?
What do you think are the pros and cons of being a member of a book club?
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