I first joined a book club about a year and a half ago. I’ve always loved to read, and I was looking for something to do outside of playdates. I was also looking for a new way to make friends. When I saw someone in our neighborhood was starting a book club, I added my name to the email list.
Even though I don’t make every meeting, (kids get sick, hubby has to work late,) I am so glad I joined. I have found so many benefits to joining a book club, and I wanted to share them with you.
The Benefits of Book Club
OK. This one is obvious, but without book club, I’m not sure I would read a new, challenging book each month. Sometimes at the end of the day, it’s just easier to flip on the TV. But, with book club keeping me motivated, I read at least one book a month.
Plus, they are usually not books I would have picked for myself. We’ve read historical fiction, non-fiction, and even some best-sellers. I normally stick to chick-lit when I’m reading for pleasure, so it’s really nice to push myself out of my comfort zone and learn something new.
Through my book club, I’ve made some great friends. Even though we all may be at different stages of our lives, I’ve met a great group of women. They are intelligent, funny, and all very welcoming. It’s hard to put yourself out there and make friends once you reach a certain point in your life, and this book club has made it easier for me.
I’ve had playdates, gone to parties, and even watched our kids play T-ball on the same team with ladies from the book club.
I get to talk with actual adults about things other than my kids. Of course, we do discuss our families and personal stuff too, but we do actually discuss the book first (at least most of the time.) It’s really nice to have a conversation without being interrupted by someone wanting their sippy cup or hanging on my leg.
Yes, reading is fun. Conversation too. But, there’s also wine. And snacks. Did I mention wine?
Join or Start Your Own
So, how can you find a book club in your area? I found mine through a website called Nextdoor. It’s a free site that I’ve mentioned before. It basically maps out your neighborhood, and let’s you meet your neighbors in a safe, easy way. All you need to do is:
- Enter your address to see if there is a neighborhood set up
- If yes, just join
- If no, create your own site by naming your neighborhood, selecting the borders, and then inviting your neighbors to join. The site will send them postcards with how to join for free.
- You can then post about your book club in the events section, and even invite neighboring communities.
You can sign up through my affiliate link HERE, and if you create a new neighborhood, we both earn $25 Amazon gift cards. Sweet.
I also wanted to share some of the books that I’ve read with my book club. You can purchase any through my Amazon affiliate links, by clicking on the picture. Many of the books are also available at your local library.
Have you thought about joining a book club? Are you part of one already? What books have your read lately?