Off-topic Tuesday: Bookclubs

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I’ve always wanted to be a part of a book club and be almost ‘forced’ to read a book in a certain amount time and then have an opinion on it.  It would take me back to my high school days, when I found Jane Austen and fell in love with her writing.  But to me, it wasn’t cool to be someone  who read or at least that is what I thought back then. So I played dumb and didn’t read.  Until I began to miss reading and finding those stories that get into the book so much that by the time the ending come around, you are crying because you don’t want the story to ever end.  You have felt like you are a member of that family or you have taken on traits like the heroine.  Whatever is the reason you fell in the love the book, is the same reason you can’t stop thinking of the book or need a good night of tears to let out all the emotions you now how all because of one thing, a great, well written book.

Recently, I read a book in 4 nights and have been craving the need to talk with someone about the book and to discuss how they viewed the book, the same why that I did or was it completely different from me.  The name of the book is “The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins. it’s a very easy read but at the same time very intense with how you don’t know if she is alive or dead.  I love books like that you really don’t know who the killer is till the end.

Reading has its way of taking  me out of the present mind-set ie: being in pain all the time, and allow me to become one with the character and not have to worry about if  it is time to take my next pill, is today going to be worse than yesterday and so on.  Anything that can make you “forget” that there is pain going on in your life is a good thing. There are some great online book clubs that don’t even require you to leave your home.  Here is a list of online book clubs:

  • Book Crossing
  • Book Glutton
  • The Copia
  • Goodreads
  • Shelfari
  • Library Thing
  • Bustle Book Club
  • Women’s Lives Club
  • RW Book Club
  • Oprah’s Book club

 

And here is few reasons as to why to join a in-home book club.

  1. You get a chance to talk about books
  2. You read books you might never read
  3. There are reading deadlines
  4. There’s food and books
  5. There’s wine and book
  6. You’ll find an emotional support group
  7. You’ll meet new book lovers
  8. You can participate in literary debates
  9. You get to force others to read your favorite book
  10. It’s fun

I especially like number 9!  This is just another way to get you to socialize with other book readers and gets your mind off of the pain you have felt that day.  If any of you are on Goodreads, you can find me there too. Im under my full name Lisa Finks.  Find me there and lets read a book together!

 

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