This is not the first time I have made this argument, but there's a reason why you should start a book club, and why I keep trying to convince you that you should. In fact, I've come up with seven new reasons why you need to start gathering your own group of bibliophiles for bookish meetings, and none are wine related — this time.
Ever since I was in middle school, I've been in one type of book club or another. Whether I was reading the Babysitters Club with my childhood friends, discussing feminist nonfiction with my women-only group in college, or sipping wine and talking twist endings with my fiction-for-fun club, I've gotten a lot out of every different kind of book club I've joined. It wasn't until I started hosting a book club of my own that I realized how fun and powerful they can really be.
When you host your own book club, you're responsible for more than just reading the book and showing up to eat the cheese. You have to organize and run meetings, draft discussion questions, set up a fair way of picking your next reading selection, and make sure there's always wine to satisfy your thirsty members. But when you're organizing your own book club, you can also determine the purpose of the club, help establish its values and expectations, and even steer it towards being something more than just a gathering of book nerds. When it's your own club, it can be whatever you — and you fellow members — want it to be.
Do you think you're ready for a new challenge, but you're still not sure? Here are seven reasons why you should start a book club ASAP. Trust someone who's done it — it's well worth the work in the end.