WHY I LOVE BEING IN A BOOK CLUB 📚
I lucked out early in my time in DC when I went to play Scrabble with some random people and one of them ended up becoming a good friend and inviting me to her book club. It's full of smart people (and there are guys in it too!!) and we have great discussions.
- •We always have excellent wine and cheeseThis is vital.
- •It introduces me to new booksIn my book club, we all throw titles into the ring then all vote. Sometimes the books are totally new to me, and that's great.
- •It nudges me to read - and finish - books I haven't got around to yetBooks I've been meaning to get around to forever move up my to-be-read pile, and books that could have dragged on for months get polished off much more quickly.
- •It helps me understand plotEver get to the end of a book and think - wait, what? I do, all the time.That's why it's nice to surround myself with smart people who can explain things to me.
- •It helps me not to feel as idiotic for not getting a plot as I might otherwiseChances are half the other people in the group will be like, yeah, I didn't get it either.
- •It helps me process my emotions about the bookI often don't know how I feel about a thing until I've talked it through. But you can't really talk through a book quite a effectively with people who haven't read it.
- •It gives me a different perspective on the bookOften someone will pick up on theme or symbolism that I just haven't seen. Or they interpret an ending differently or have more or less empathy for a character than I do. It's interesting to round out my understanding of the book that way.
- •It makes reading a less-good book worthwhileThere have been many times when I haven't been thrilled with a book we've read, but then the discussion is so lively and informative that I come to be thankful I've spent my time on reading it
- •Bookish people are my people!I don't think it's any coincidence that some of my favourite DC friends are the members of my book club.