A few weeks ago, I shared how I regularly go on book dates in a blog post. It wasn’t easy to confess how I love them, as I usually encounter gasps of surprise and… pity, but I figured that if I can’t admit it here, I’ll never be able to share them. I really enjoy going out to a pub and have a coffee or a glass of wine while I read undisturbed for a couple of hours. It’s freaking Heaven.
Not long after that post went live, I discovered a glorious thing called Silent Book Clubs and Slow Reading Clubs. It’s basically the same thing that I’ve been doing, only you meet up with like-minded individuals and you all sit down quietly and read a self-chosen book. Count. Me. In.
Unfortunately I quickly discovered that silent book clubs have not yet hit the European main land and after hours of searching, I had yet to find one in Belgium. Thanks to the help of a friend (and me crying in the Facebook group of my book club about the horrors of not finding a Belgian chapter), I came across the Slow Reading Club Leuven. THAT’S AROUND THE CORNER FROM WHERE I WORK.
They gather every month in a pub-bookstore combo (isn’t that already awesome) and sit together with a drink to read for an hour. Even for me, it was initially a little weird to sit together and silently read, but after 10 minutes I totally forgot the fact that there were other people there. And I have never read so intensely in my life.
In the mean time, I’m still doing my regular book date sessions. Every Sunday morning, I walk into a bar at 10AM and set myself down to read for 2 to 3 hours. I’m basically now calming them my solo silent book clubs, but who knows, they may just become an official silent book club if other people ever express interest to join me…
What do you think of these silent book clubs? Do you think you’ll ever join one? Let me know in the comments!