As of right now, I am a junior in college and we recently finished some group projects. For ours, we went chose to create a banned book club. Based on this, I wanted to share the benefits of book clubs as well as new and technical ways to join or create a book club!
When being a part of a book club, usually a group of people get together to discuss a book they assigned as a group. Depending on how big the club is, meetings can be long or short. In our project, we met two days out of the week because we had to get our project done before the deadline. In another book club I am in, we only meet once a month. Usually with meeting once a month, we finish the book within that month. One major benefit of a book club is that it allows for multiple opinions to be shared about a book. It can also help readers see viewpoints of the book that they might not have thought about. It allows for readers to analyze a book in a way that does not feel like they are analyzing. Book clubs can also help readers clarify things they might not have understood when they were reading.
As I said before, book clubs are when a group of people get together to discuss a book. When people usually think about this, they probably think about people sitting in comfy chairs in a quiet room just talking. Something that has been growing in popularity is online book clubs. There are numerous websites online that offer membership into online book clubs but the most popular one that I know of it Goodreads. On Goodreads, most of the community page is filled with thousands of book clubs that are just based on genres, authors, where the members live like states, and so many more. It is almost guaranteed that a reader can find a book club they can be an active member of.
With the online book clubs, meetings are not necessarily set but the members are allowed to start writing comments once the month starts. This is done in a forums tab on the book clubs webpage. Other members are allowed to comment back and forth with each other but the book club usually has set rules about what can and can not be said in these comments. These are usually things like no discrimination and no foul language. This is great because it allows people from around the world to connect with each other through a website. This allows for a variety of readers thus providing a variety of unique opinions. I personally prefer online book clubs because I like being able to work at my own pace and not be set to have to go to a meeting.
Here is an example of what online book clubs on Goodreads.
Overall, I hope that by reading this post you see how book clubs can be helpful for readers and nonreaders. Also, if you did not know about online book clubs, I hope I’ve influenced you to at least check them out and hopefully join one!