Finding people who share the love of reading is a marvelous thing. You might want to discuss or debate on certain ideologies and concepts you have both found in your reading materials. The more people you meet and the more diverse their personalities, the more of the world you will actually experience and understand.
Joining a book club amplifies this experience. This is where book-lovers gather to discuss what they have read about so that they can share a unique world they have caught a glimpse of with everyone who wants to listen. While there are some people who welcome this gathering as a productive opportunity, there are still those who might shun gathering and meeting up with strangers. I know some book-lovers who tend to enjoy their readings in private and who are uncomfortable in social gatherings.
To help you decide on whether to join or not to join in a book club, the following are some perks of being an actual member of such group.
Meet New People
When you join a book club, you get to be with other people other than yourself. You have a chance to mingle with other people who enjoy the same worthwhile hobby as you do. In meeting with the different members of the club, you get to be exposed on the diversity of personalities and their unique characteristics. You will be surprised to get some fresh and interesting insights regarding topics you have only read about that some people do know about like the back of their hand. You also get to share your personality with the other members and you can take part in theirs. Your view of the world widens as you encounter different people.
Read New Material
We all have preferences or tastes. These preferences influence us in what we like and enjoy reading about. This makes us susceptible to isolation because of our own biases. Being an active member of a book club can address this concern. Members share their reading material with the group and gives out key points about the book that definitely made them appreciate it better. You have a chance to be informed and convinced of new topics to read about that can eventually help you become closer to your personal goal of improvement or understanding.
There are some suggestive books that may need more than a single mind in order to be appreciated. Book club members can raise a specific title that they would like to be discussed within the group. The more members who participate in the topic, the more viewpoints and insights you will be aware of. This oftentimes leads to a better understanding of a material that may have not made an impact on you but have done so after participating or listening in a lively and active discussion on the matter.
Bond with Fellow Readers
Man is a social animal. Whatever our personalities are, it is inevitable that almost every one of us actually depend on someone else for our survival. Sometimes, you might just want to chat with fellow book club members just about anything under the sun. This way, you are exchanging ideas freely and at the same time develop a healthier disposition and outlook in life. Rather than to always be alone and reading, it may be better to read and chat with those who you feel connected with.
Just try it out for yourself. Choose a book club near your home or your workplace and be surprised about the variety of minds you have yet to be aware about and learn from. This may prove to be a stepping stone for a whole new reading experience.