I don’t actually know where this week’s discussion idea came from. I suppose it might have been my own change in…position…? regarding book clubs.
That sounded way more dramatic than I meant it to be.
Basically, I joined a book club. That’ll be where this came from.
Anyway, I’m rambling already. I’ll save that for the discussion. Which leads to the question…
Are book clubs still a thing?
Now, obviously I know that book clubs still exist. By “still a thing” I mean something along the lines of…are they still somewhat popular or have they fallen into the oblivion of “uncoolness” (because yep, we bookworms are pros at being cool, am I right?).
The idea is for people to read the same book around the same time, so that they can talk about it after. Pretty simple. Something so simple should work out well for book lovers, right?
Well honestly? I don’t feel like they work that well. Sure, it’s a nice idea. I love the idea of a book club. But in all seriousness, this is what most book clubs go by:
There will be a book of the month. Someone (probably the person that started the club) will choose this book. All members should read that book. By the end of the month, all members will chat about said book.
But for people like me…well, it’s not really practical. I can’t always afford to go out and buy new books, so there may be times I wouldn’t be able to join in. Or maybe a book is chosen that I just really don’t want to read. Or maybe I just don’t have time for another book that I feel…less inclined to read because I didn’t choose it myself.
So that seems to be my inner debate. Loving the idea of a book club, the small community it brings and being able to chat thoroughly about a book without having to give spoiler alerts… versus the hesitant side of me that just fails at TBRs and hates feeling even the slightest bit under pressure to read a book by a certain time, even though it’s perfectly easy to complete.
– That was probably the longest sentence I’ve ever written in my life. Bloomin’ hell.
But I personally feel like this is why book clubs aren’t used as often as they used to. People can’t always get hold of the books. People don’t always have enough time to finish the book within the time frame. People …maybe just don’t want to? That, and the way internet has made bookish discussions like this very one so much easier to stumble across.
That being said, I AM actually part of a book club. Well, three actually, if you count Goodreads groups. BUT I’m only actively taking part in one of them.
Hosted by Zoe @ ReadByZoe (booktube channel), this book club focuses on reading all of Jane Austen’s books. And once that’s done, maybe it will range out to other classics. But for now, we read one Jane Austen book a month – the schedule is all planned out and ready. There’s also movie nights every few weeks with the book club, where Zoe hosts a livestream that shows the movie, and we can live chat through messages.
Now, I didn’t join this book club straight away. The hesitation kicked in…and then I decided to kick it out.
YES, I AM going to be part of this book club for once. Why? Because I’ve been slowly getting into classics more, and have been wanting to read all of Jane Austen’s books anyway. Also, the Wordsworth Classics are only £1.99 each, so buying the books won’t be an issue. I already bought the next two month’s books, I’ll order the rest closer to the time. We recently had a movie night, watching the Pride and Prejudice movie, and I LOVE it. I can’t wait for the next one.
And if this club will make me all the more excited to read classics? Then OF COURSE I’M GOING TO JOIN!
And while I’m very aware that all that may have sounded like one huge promotion for the book club, that wasn’t my intention. I mentioned it because it changed my opinion wholeheartedly. Book clubs are great! They’re just…not all that practical to everybody.
My judgement is this: I don’t take part in book clubs that often, but if the right one comes along and I genuinely think I’ll be able to keep up with the books, then yes, I’m all for it. I mean, I’ve even considered making my own book club before – how crazy would that be?
But I don’t think that many people take part in them any more. At least not actively. I hardly ever see anyone saying “I’m reading this as part of my book club!”
And honestly? I think that’s because the online bookish community is basically one huge book club. We might not be reading the same things at the same time all the time, but there WILL be someone out there to chat to about a certain book if you go looking.
But I also feel like they’re ever so slowly coming back. Like choker necklaces and vinyls, book clubs are making their way back into our world (though…maybe not in such a “cool” way). But take booktubers for example – a lot of them host a book club. And a lot of people are part of them. People love watching live shows of book discussions…it’s like the international way to sit gossiping about fictional people. Amazing, right?
We need more of it in the world.
Now it’s your turn!
Are you part of any book clubs? Why?
Do you think book clubs have died out, or do you think they’re more popular than ever…just online?
What would make you consider joining a club?
Join the discussion in the comments!
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