Discussion Post: The Benefits of Joining a Book Club
There are so many benefits to joining a book club… and sharing a handful of these benefits is the purpose of today’s discussion post. A few months ago, I joined an online community and started reading along with Ezeekat’s book club on Fable.
Now more than ever, it is easy to join in! The effect of COVID-19 is that a lot of these previously in-person events went virtual. As someone who lives in a relatively small community, I have been unable to find a reading group locally. However, my brief experience of the online book club I have joined has been an enjoyable one. In this discussion post, I discuss a few of the benefits I have already enjoyed being a part of this group!
Accountability to read
One of the perks I don’t necessarily need as much, but will benefit other people greatly, is having accountability to pick up a book. I already read on a regular basis anyway. However, even for somebody who picks up books a lot, having a set read to pick up in a month and a conversation to take part in is motivation to get stuck in.
If you are someone who doesn’t read all that much, then having a deadline or a date in order to submit feedback by, can be the nudge in the right direction! What can be especially useful about platforms like Fable is that a book club host can prompt readers to offer feedback by chapter or section. That way, if you don’t get all the way through the book, you can still have your say. It’s also at your convenience, and however far you get!
At the same time, it’s okay to skip a month. I really wasn’t interested in last month’s book selection. So, I made the decision not to try and force myself through it and discussed that briefly in my March TBR post. And that was fine! There were no repercussions or callouts for making that decision. Ultimately, we want to read because it is something we enjoy… not because it is a chore we must endure.
Not every book will be for you, and there is no shame in choosing not to pick it up.
Reading out of comfort zone
Book clubs come in all shapes and sizes. Whether you choose to join one that focuses on a set genre, or even author, or go for something significantly broader, there is one out there for you.
Ultimately, the kind of group you decide to join will affect the book selections you are given. The broader the topic, the more adventurous I would recommend you being with your reading. I have favourite genres, but ultimately, I will pick almost anything up and give it a go. In fact, the main reason I wanted to join a book club is to help me read out of my comfort zone!
The book club I am part of at the moment tends to stick to books with a fantastical element. Readers of my blog will know that fantasy is by far my favourite genre. However, the books chosen (at least so far) often have other elements to the storyline. Some may have sci-fi elements, or a lean more into romance than I would choose to pick up myself.
Just because those are the nature of books being chosen at the moment, that’s not to say that won’t change in future. That is also the beauty of a book club. They can evolve over time… especially depending on the people that make up the group!
That leads me on nicely to my final point in this discussion post. There are lots of readers out there, and if you can immerse yourself in a community of like-minded people, and you can’t go far wrong. Especially with the power of going online, you can reach out to far more people than you could ever hope to meet in person.
Everybody who reads a book does so from a unique perspective. Everybody will have their own perception of the events based on who they are, and their experiences. No person, therefore, reads a book in the exact same way. For that reason, it’s great to be able to reach out to those people and discuss their alternate views.
Group size and setting can vary significantly, so I am sure you can find a community that works for you.
If you’re an avid reader and/or part of a book club, I’d love to know more! This is a discussion post after all! Do you meet in person, or online? If you aren’t part of a book club yet, is it something you would be interested in?