What is a Book Club & Why You Should Join One
A book club is a group of people who meet to discuss and review books. For instance, I am a member of the Indy Mompreneurs Book Club and we meet up to discuss entrepreneurial related books! Book clubs have a long history and even some fame! The big question is WHY should you join one? My answer to this question is always the same, “Well, why not?!” I realize though, that you may need a more in-depth answer. Therefore, I have compiled a list of 6 great benefits to joining a book club!
The first, as well as my favorite, benefit to joining a Book Club is companionship. You get the opportunity to socialize around a common interest. Let’s be honest, us moms need to socialize with other adults more often! For instance, Tracy Mumford (MPRnews) has found that “some clubs are intensely literary, some strictly online, some mystery, some themed, some more Chardonnay than Charles Dickens.” No matter what interests you, there is a club for you!
Expand Your Literary Range
Joining a Book Club gives you the chance to discover books that you would have never choose on your own. Honestly, you’ll never truly know if you like something until you try it. I was never one to voluntarily read self-help, motivational, entrepreneurial type books. I was afraid of being bored to tears and it putting me to sleep! So, I would end up not finishing it. Oddly though, with the book club I am in, I have found to actually enjoy those types of books!
Provide Motivation and Encouragement
However, there may be times that you do find a book particularly challenging or your life gets pretty busy. Your book club is there to help motivate you and encourage you to get through it. You get to know each other and support each other. This is where you really see fellowship and community come into play with book clubs.
Promote a Deeper Understanding
Have you ever read a book more than once? Have you ever thought, “how did I miss this?!” This is why discussions are so helpful. They can cultivate a deeper understanding of the book. They can also bring up points that you may have missed during your own/first read through.
Learn to Read Critically
According to the University of Toronto, “critical reading is a more active way of reading. It is a deeper and more complex engagement with a text. It is a process of analyzing, interpreting and, sometimes, evaluating. When we read critically, we use our critical thinking skills to question both the text and our own reading of it.” For a more in-depth look at critical reading click here.
Enhance Your Communication Skills
If you are anything like me, public speaking, speeches, group discussions, and even a one-on-one conversation is difficult. Once you read something that sparks an interest in you, words can’t help but to spill out! The more you share your opinions with the group the better your communication gets!
With the first few books our Book Club has read, I have grown so much personally and professionally as a result! As you can see there are so many amazing benefits to joining a book club! Can’t find one? MAKE ONE!! Start your own book club and run with it! Do you know of more benefits to joining a book club? Comment them below! Have your own book club or belong to one? Let us know! We’d love to hear from you!