Why you should join a book club

Now that it’s getting colder outside, it’s the perfect time to curl up on the couch with a warm cup of tea and a great book. Can’t you just picture it?

Who am I kidding, I have a toddler! I haven’t finished a book in forever! But it’s a good dream, right? Even though I haven’t managed to finish any books lately, I still really love going to my monthly book club. I’m really thankful participation isn’t based on finishing the book, or I’d be out of luck! book stack with glasses

Actually, I’m in 2 book clubs. I go to one with toddler in tow and one normally all by myself. When I first moved to France 5 years ago I didn’t know anyone except for my now husband and his friends, and I didn’t speak French at all. After a few weeks, the first book club popped up in my life. I was so thankful to be surrounded by a group of English speaking ladies!!

We meet every month on a Friday night. The hostess rotates within the group and prepares dinner for everyone. We vote on books every 6 months, and whoever proposed the book for that night leads the book discussion. Whether we talk about the book for 10 minutes or over an hour, it’s always a fun and interesting conversation. And for sure we enjoy the evening over several bottles of champagne or wine!

I joined the second book club when it formed about 2 years ago. This co-ed group meets once a month on a week night at a local restaurant. The 2 group creators propose a book each and lead the discussion. We talk about those and any other books people are reading at the moment. I love that the two groups have such different dynamics, even though some of us are in both!

Why you should join a book club:

  • Socializing with other adults
  • Pulls you out of your routine
  • Good food (that you don’t have to share with your kids)
  • Booze!
  • Intellectual book discussion
  • Other random discussions
  • Book suggestions you wouldn’t have heard about otherwise
  • A guarantee that you’ll have at least one night a month for yourself

I used to love book club mostly for the people and the interesting books and discussions. Now I love it because it’s something I choose to participate in, for myself. “No one can drink from an empty well.” I read that quote a while ago, and it stuck with me. We need to take care of ourselves in order to be able to take care of others, whether or not you’re a parent. So whether it’s a book club, a sports club, or any kind of fun organization, give it a shot!

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Are you in a book club? What are your fave books to read? How do you schedule your “me” time? Tell me all about it in the comments!

Why you should join a book club

Why you should join a book club




34 thoughts on “Why you should join a book club

  1. Cathy Neal

    Great post! I love my book club. I think my favorite book club book and one I would never have chosen to read is “Cutting For Stone”

    1. Stephanie Lee Post author

      Rebecca I know what you mean. Reading on a schedule feels like I’m back in high school sometimes. And other times I’m super happy to try out different books. But if one month it’s a tough or boring book, most people don’t finish it. I hope you find one you like!

  2. Terri Steffes

    I am in several book clubs and I agree with you. It is interesting, the books that we hate we have the best conversations around! I hope you find one. They are wonderful!

  3. Julie

    I absolutely love reading and have always thought about joining a book club but am never really sure how to do that! This makes me want to find a way to join a book club!

  4. Robin Rue

    Book clubs are such a great way to find new reads that you might not have thought of on your own. I know that I subscribe to one now and love it.

  5. Debra

    Book Clubs are great and really get me reading when sometimes I normally wouldn’t make time to pick up a book!

  6. Jeanine

    I would love to join a book club. I just wish i had the time to do it, it would be a lot of fun and probably help with a lot of my stress!

  7. Reesa Lewandowski

    I used to read so much and now I barely have time anymore. A book club would be a great way to get me actively reading again!

  8. Caroline

    I love the idea of a book club! Now that I moved home after college, my group of friends and I have a small book club in the sense that we recommend books to each other and then discuss it over wine (but usually more than just books gets discussed!). I definitely wanna join an actual book club though!

  9. Hannah Green

    Book clubs are so lovely. I used to be part of one and as you say, whether we talked for ten minutes or ages about the book, it’s a way to ensure you do something for yourself which is so important.
    I’d recommend: Room, any book by Jodi Picoult, The Snowman by Jo Nesbo and Girl on the train xxx

    1. Stephanie Lee Post author

      I’m so happy you enjoyed your book club! Thanks for the book recommendations. We already discussed Girl on a Train, big hit. We didn’t do Room, but I can’t wait to read it on my own and see the movie! Never heard of Snowman, but I’ll definitely check that one out.

  10. Kendra

    I’ve recently started a book club with 3 other members. I absolutely love to read so that’s one reason I started. First meeting we discussed business, but then we started talking about books we have read this year. Also try clubs on Goodreads.


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