After reading a novel by Rachel Bertsche titled “MWF Seeking BFF My Yearlong Search for a New Best Friend,” I started to have a real obsession with the idea of joining a book club. In the book, Rachel sets out to find a new best friend in a city where she doesn’t know many people. One way she goes about doing this is by joining multiple book clubs. Spoiler: she makes a lot of successful friendships through these book clubs!

The idea of joining (or even starting) a book club seems like a great way to enjoy literature and meet people at the same time. It’s difficult to make good friends in your twenties, so why not try to be a part of a group of people that you know has similar interests to you already?  And let’s be honest, what doesn’t sound appealing about gathering with individuals to discuss your latest read?

Another great reason to join a book club is that it will give you a short break from the rest of your life. Life can be stressful and when our minds can’t escape from our day-to-day stresses, it isn’t healthy. Reading a book allows you to focus on something other than your life. You can easily get caught up in the world of your novel and expand your imagination. Then you can head off to book club and talk about all your favorite characters with people who can relate!

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It’s easy to find a book club to join with the help of your local library. They can help set you up with a group to join, or if you want you can create your own club. If you let the librarians know what book you would like to use for your book club, they can set aside multiple copies for you to use. You can usually even submit a list of names of people who will be part of the club and have the books reserved for them.

If you aren’t interested in meeting new people but you do love to read, you can join a virtual book club. Over the summer I read Jennifer Close’s “Girls In White Dresses” as part of the Lauren Conrad Book Club. Readers answered a series of questions midway through the book and discussed in a forum what they felt about the book. By the designated end date, Lauren Conrad hosted a live chat where readers could discuss the book in full.  It was a fun way to connect with people without devoting too much time to an extracurricular activity!

If you love reading, want to meet new people, or simply want to expand your book collection, find the book club that seems perfect for you!

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Have you ever been a part of a book club? What books did you read? Let us know in the comments!

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