Five Reasons To Join A Book Club

According to a recent YouGov Poll the most popular New Year’s resolutions are to eat better and exercise more. How about forgoing joining a gym in the New Year, and consider joining a book club? Here are my five reasons why you should:  

1.    Make new friendships and connections

We moved from London to Tunbridge Wells in 2013, I didn’t know a soul and until I became a Mum making friends was hard! 

Making new friends away from your work desk, or with someone other than a fellow parent you’ve met at a baby class or the school gates can be tough. It can be particularly hard when you move to a new area. Joining a book club is a great way to meet other like-minded people who you perhaps wouldn’t have met otherwise. Starting Reading Between the Wines TW has allowed me to meet so many lovely people and establish some new friendships. I always look forward to having a good natter when we meet up, although admittedly it may not always be about the book!

2.    You get to talk about books

It sounds obvious but I always look forward to hearing our member’s opinions on the latest book we have been reading. It’s always interesting to hear other people’s thoughts on the plot, characters and whether they couldn’t put the book down. This is always a sign of a good book in my opinion and on occasion there is the question whether we have finished the book!

Remember – If you are nervous about turning up to a book club alone for the first time, discussing a book that everyone there has (hopefully) read is the perfect icebreaker! 

 3.    Fall in love with reading again

Life is busy… work, family, errands, DIY, there is always something! This may be a reason why you think you don’t have time to read a book. Ask yourself when was the last time you read a book? If you can’t remember or there is a dusty paperback sitting on your beside table that you still haven’t started, consider joining a book club! With manageable deadlines (in our case we read a book a month) and an incentive to read, joining a book club can give you a push to read and hopefully rekindle a new passion for reading.  

4.    Take some time to do something for yourself 

 Taking time out to read and get lost in a book is not just the only advantage to joining a book club. Carving out some time for yourself is sometimes all you need. As a Mum having some “me time” is an essential part of my self-care. The ritual of getting ready to meet up for an evening with the ladies from my book club, having a good chat and glass of wine or two perks up my week and is always something to look forward to.

5.  Boost your Health and Wellbeing 

In the spirit of improving your health in the New Year, it is a proven fact that reading is good for our mental health. Research suggests that reading for just 30 minutes a week increases our health and wellbeing. It can also aid our sleep and reduce feelings of loneliness. It has even been suggested that those who read books for a short period every day can live on average two years longer than non-readers. In an age where we are attached to our phones, and research suggesting that one in five adults in the UK spend an entire day every week on their phones, perhaps it’s time to reconsider our habits. 

 I hope this article has inspired you to join a book club like Reading Between the Wines TW or perhaps start one yourself! Happy reading!

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Article by Andrea Roberts - Reading between the Wines TW

Hope Marshall