For most people, book clubs are associated with the latest fiction bestseller, or even chick lit and books that make you want to cry your eyes out for days. While this may be what other people like, there are a couple of reasons why you should branch out and try reading something a little harder hitting. Here are a few reasons why you should read non-fiction with your book club.
While most of us read to be entertained, and that’s great, there is also a place for reading to educate us. When you read non-fiction with your book club, you’re essentially giving each other the chance to absorb new information, discuss it, and put what you’ve learned into practice. It’s also a unique way to learn about different cultures, peoples, and times that you wouldn’t have had access to prior. A book club should read non-fiction because it makes everyone smarter!
Nothing is more boring that reading the same type of book over and over for the rest of your life. What if you pick up a non-fiction book and it changes your life the same way a fiction novel did? What if you learn something about the person in your book club who recommended the book? What if you learn something that helps you help others? You’re going to have wider horizons and wider eyes when you read non-fiction, and your book club members will too.
Why follow the crowd? Just because all of the other book clubs you know of are reading Oprah’s latest pick doesn’t mean you have to. Swim upstream, go against the flow, and do something entirely different. Pick people who are not really mainstream, or who want to learn something new. You’ll stand out, and you’ll have more to offer to a discussion that isn’t about the latest vampire romance novel.
Have you ever read a fiction novel with your book club and had about a bajillion different interpretations of the same event? With non-fiction, there is a lot less interpretation involved, and a lot more open discussion about the facts presented. While there is a ton to be said about the importance of interpreting fiction and symbolism, it’s nice to have a clear cut discussion that is based in fact and where everyone involved has the same resources.
Tons of Topics
If you’re reading fiction, eventually you will notice trends in just about every book – a love triangle, an epic journey, a loss, a love, etc. While these books are all somewhat different in their own right, non-fiction presents a different story every single time. Even when you know the general topic, what you get out of non-fiction is more than “a moral to the story.” You’re getting a unique perspective of events as they actually occurred, and ways to apply those events in your own life. The non-fiction well never runs dry, and you’ll have plenty of topics to choose from.