Joining a Book
During the summers of my
childhood, my sister and I would go to the public library and
take out twenty-five books each (the limit per cardholder) and read and
read and read! When we would finish reading all the books, we’d go back
to return them, and then take out another twenty-five each. We would
easily read 50 – 75 books each summer. As I grew older, most
my reading time was spent with textbooks, which are not nearly as fun
to read. Recently, I’ve become crazy about reading for pleasure again.
fall, my best friend Heather mentioned to me that she had been reading
a gripping novel for her book club. She suggested I join her
club, and before I knew it, I was back into the world of reading. I
enjoyed it so much that I joined a second book club last month!
book club is very easy to run. All you need to get started is a few
people who like reading – they could be your friends, relatives,
neighbours, or classmates – and a library card. Here are some of things
I’ve learned about being in a book club.
Most book clubs meet monthly. Of course, you can meet more or less
often to suit the needs of the members. The selection that members will
read each month can be decided by voting on books suggested by members
or by having members take turns choosing the book of the month.
Meetings can be as formal or as casual as you like. In both of the book
clubs I’ve joined, we take turns hosting. Some members like to host in
their own homes while others prefer a public or outdoor location such
as a library or a park. Everybody brings some food, and we share a pot
luck brunch, lunch, or dinner while we chat about the book. One member
usually prints a list of discussion questions for our book from the
Internet and brings it along to guide our discussions.
Many public libraries offer “Book Club Kits”. These kits contain 10
copies of the book, a list of discussion topics or questions, and
information about the author. They can be signed out for six weeks.
Some libraries have hundreds of different Book Club Kits available.
clubs are a great way to motivate yourself to read more, think more
about what you read, and maybe even try reading some books of a genre
that you don’t normally choose. They provide the opportunity
share your ideas, socialize with other book lovers, and make some new
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