In December 2015, I came across a post on Facebook that announced the first get-together of a brand-new Belgian YA book club. Even though I really wanted to go, the book club was a 2,5 hour train ride away and the thought of meeting so many new people was pretty scary. (Yeah, yeah, this bookdragon isn’t all that fearsome in the end.) I ended up taking the plunge anyway and it’s one of the best choices I ever made.
Since then, I travel to the other side of Belgium every other month and still love every meet-up we do. And there are four reasons for that…
Reason 1: Meet awesome people
The best part of joining a book club is that you meet people that have exactly the same interest in books as you do. (Yes, that’s obvious, give me a sec.) And when you meet people that love reading as much as you do, you always have something to talk about and you will instantly connect. I went from stranger to BFF in three meet-ups and can’t imagine my life without this bunch of awesome people. We’re even recently started travelling together!
Reason 2: Read different books
I don’t know about you, but I kind of get stuck in the same kind of books when I’m looking for something new to read. Joining a book club is godsend if you want to read out of your comfort zone once in a while. Even if that means reading a book once in a while that’s really not for you…
Reason 3: Analyze your reading
This is absolutely not a good reason if one of you’re suddenly turned against one of your favorite books, but usually it’s a very good thing to better think about what your reading.
Reason 4: Get to know new books
We start every meet-up with an introduction round where we say who we are and what we’re reading at the moment. That’s really the best way to hear if a certain book is indeed worth reading and to receive some new recommendations.
Reason 5: Awesome surprises
My book club leader is determined to throw in a surprise now and then. So we’ve had skype sessions with authors, a sleepover and so much more! I know not everyone has a leader like I do, but I’m sure there are book clubs out there who do the same.
Are you in a book club? Why? Let me know in the comments!