Do you Book Club?

Good morning everyone!

Hope you all had a great weekend and a not so bad Monday.

I’m sure everyone has heard about the Wizarding World Book Club at this stage but in case you haven’t Pottermore is launching an official Harry Potter book club in June. I’m sure there are a bunch of these on Goodreads already but it’s really cool to have an official international one.

I avoided book clubs for years because I don’t like being told what to read but I always loved the idea of a book club (I’m also a big ol’ introvert and avoid social situations). I was one of those people who joined Goodreads groups, lurked for a little bit and then never returned. Occasionally I would comment in the introductions thread and not a peep after that. Last year I joined a group whose name alone sang to my soul, My Vampire Book Obsession. It was so easy to chat with people and everyone loved the same books as me. I had found my online book family! (and I absolutely love you guys!!) I loved it so much I eventually became a mod and now torment people with reading challenges (you guys love it, don’t try to deny it). Once the books were the right genre I found I didn’t mind being told what to read. I ended up increasing my reading from 2 or 3 books a month to 2 or 3 books a week! (I’m a slow reader so that is a huge increase)

But what about real life book clubs? I always figured it was a waste of time since there doesn’t seem to be anyone around that reads the same books as me (and I’m a big ol’ introvert). Book clubs seem to focus on literary fiction and bestsellers which I have nothing against and do read just not very often. But I figured, of the ten books I usually read each month making one a book club read isn’t that daunting. So I joined a local book club last month and met some really nice people. The book was something I would never have picked myself but I ended up enjoying it (Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld) and we had a really great chat about books. I guess I shouldn’t have been so narrow-minded about the whole thing. I’m really glad I joined, it was fun and the people there were really friendly.

Goodreads groups allow you to chat every day with people as obsessed with reading as you are and in your genre. But real life book clubs have their benefits too. Like getting an introvert out of her house!

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7 thoughts on “Do you Book Club?

  1. I belong to two book clubs in real life and I love them. First, I work from home so they force me to get out of the house, but they also require me to read books that I wouldn’t normally pick up! So, for example, my local indie did The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill as the August book club which isn’t a book I would read because it’s middle grade and I feel conditioned not to read it.

    Previous books also included Neil Gaiman, and a novel about the life of a five-star chef. Then another one that I belong to varies their selections each month. Last month was YA and this month is romance. Next month is nonfiction. I am surprised how much I have to say about books when I get in the same room with a bunch of people who also read the book and enjoyed it to varying degrees.

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  2. I have joined 2 book clubs recently. For the first one the selection was When Breath Becomes Air. I wouldn’t have ever read that on my own, as I generally shy away from NF and completely anything related to medicine 😬. But it was really good and I’m glad I read it. It was so nice to be in a conversation with people who all read the same book and all have different POV’s based on different life experiences. My second book club is tonight and for that the selection is Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock. Again not something I would usually pick up on my own. But I really like it. I’m almost done lol I work better under pressure 😫 Anyway I love book clubs because I love talking about books and I love being with people who read 😻😻😻


      1. Omg exactly! That is why my blog is called yeah, I read bc people are always like ugh you read, with a stink face 😫 last night was awesome we met at a restaurant and I had a couple drinks and we talked about forgive me, Leonard Peacock.

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  3. I’m in two book clubs just now – each are completely different. Different personalities, vibes, ‘rules’ and different kinds of books. I left a fabulous one behind when I left Glasgow. I was a member for 10 years and we only read books by women. The other members rocked!
    Each club is so different I reckon you have to try a couple to find your niche.

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