Did you belong to a Scholastic Book Club when you were in grade school? Those book clubs probably helped introduce you to the joys of reading and all the adventures you could have by losing yourself in a good book.
What about now? Are you reading as much as you would like? If not, maybe it’s time to think about joining a book club. If you don’t have access to a book club in your area, why not consider joining a virtual book club via the internet?
There are a lot of benefits to online book clubs. First and foremost is you never have to leave the comfort of your home! And, if you’re “meeting” at home, you’ll save on the cost of transportation, food, and drinks, and you can even meet in your pajamas.
But, more importantly, becoming part of an online book club gives you the opportunity to connect with a whole new community, some with diverse backgrounds and reading interests. You’ll make new friends who will introduce you to new books you might not have considered to be a good read.
What’s in it for you?
Besides meeting new friends, joining an online book club gives you a reason to read more and on a more consistent basis. Discussing the wider themes of the books your club chooses to read as well as the development and changes in the characters can give you new perspectives on reading, in general, and could really help you get more out of the books you read.
Because the members of a book club take turns selecting or recommending the books that the club reads, you’ll get introduced to new genres, new authors, and new styles of writing.
And, as an added bonus, if you’re a writer or think you’d like to become one, belonging to a book club is a great way to sharpen your writing skills. Not only will you get a better idea of what readers are enjoying, but you’ll also learn how to analyze a variety of literary themes, characters, settings, and the plot lines of other authors which could prove to be very helpful if you’re planning on launching your own writing career.
Share your favorites
Joining an online book club is a great way to expand your social circle. It can give you a chance to gain new insights into other cultures and the kind of books that appeal to a diverse group of people.
You’ll also get the opportunity to share your favorite books with others and introduce the members of your book club to some of the newest novelists and their debut novels.