It’s no surprise that books clubs are all the rage right now. In recent years, it's become clear that Oprah is not the only celebrity with a taste for reading. Emma Watson, Reese Witherspoon and Rachel Syme have all started book clubs that you can participate in digitally, right now, from your bed. Seriously, it's that easy.
Reading promotes empathy and understanding, and book clubs are great places to find community and get exposed to authors and books you might not have picked up on your own. It’s great for readers who get nervous when talking to people they might not know very well, because you can always just talk about the book. Besides that, most books clubs are accompanied by food and drinks. It's really just a win-win situation.
While there are book clubs out there that fall into the "wine and moms" situation (nothing wrong with that!), other books clubs use literature and a love of reading as a tool for social and political activism. Many book clubs have now decided to pair reading with philanthropic work. A community of readers has the potential to impact many others, and these groups are using the mighty power of book-lovers in innovative, amazing ways.