Are you trying to read more or just trying to explore different books that are outside your usual reading list? Maybe a book club is the route to take. There are countless types of book clubs around and if you’re in the Asheville area (or anywhere really) you’re likely not too far from one. Finding a club isn’t typically the difficult part of the process but finding the right book club is something that some readers (and introverts) struggle with.
I’m the type of person that likes people, but in small doses and small numbers. So a less populated book club is usually what I look for but there are friends of mine who are happy as can be in a large, chattering group. These extremes and everything in between exist for any wannabe book club members. Remember though, the first rule of book club is you need to enjoy book club.
However, even if you find the size of club you’re looking for, it’s important to get an idea of the group’s dynamic. Is it mainly a social thing where everyone gets together for drinks and talks about everything under the sun or do you have pointed and deep discussions on your assigned reading before breaking and heading your own way? Again, all variations of these exist.
Some people take a club very seriously and others are just happy to be around book nerds no matter if they are staying on point, talking about the reading, or not. Figuring this out is clearly one of the most important steps to take. A group of people, either friends or strangers, can prove to bring you deeper friendships, exciting discussions, insights, or even a better understanding of a book you’re reading.
From using sites like Meetup, Craigslist, or even Facebook can be some starting points but check your local library or bookstores for groups that may meet there on a regular basis. Or, if you can’t find what you are looking for, make a book club of your own!
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