Today’s Book Blogger Hop question is: How many book clubs do you belong to? If you do belong to an in-person book club, do you have meetings in the day or evening? Do you meet at someone’s house or meet at a local restaurant or coffee house?
I am in one book club, and have been for almost eight years—I had to look that up! I would have guessed it was five or six years… But I actually joined just two weeks after I launched this blog, in November of 2010. That was a big month for me.
I set out to look for a book club, and had several flagged on MeetUp. But the first one I went to turned out to be great, and I never looked back. Started as a young adult book group, it somehow took a geeky turn along the way. It’s also had a lot of turnover through the years—I’m now the third-longest standing member, though others have been in for years too.
We meet monthly in the evening, at some public place. Location has changed over the years too—we started at a local café, tried different parks for a while, spent some time meeting at Denny’s and IHOP, have flirted with Panera, and currently meet in the dining area of the local mall. The goal was always to meet somewhere public, relatively quiet, and where food was available but not required, for those who preferred not to get a meal.
We are an extremely laid-back book club. In different seasons of my life I have been more and less dedicated to actually reading the book. I usually come whether I have or not, if that month works out (and it doesn’t always). No one minds much about that. We try to have some book discussion, but conversation ranges too, and often turns to Star Wars somehow. 🙂
Besides the official book club meetings, there are social events and game nights held throughout the month. And in December there’s always a holiday party and book-themed White Elephant gift exchange.
I highly recommend book clubs for people who enjoy reading. For me, it was never about finding books to read (I have no shortage of those!) From the beginning, it was always about meeting like-minded people and having bookish (or geeky) discussions. And I got lucky, because my book club turned out even better for than I ever could have hoped!