I joined my local library’s YA book club in April 2015, and have looked forward to it
every month since. I am a homebody who never ventures outside much (at all), so this was a great discovery for my life. I was really nervous before turning up, because I didn’t know how actual book clubs ran. Here’s a post for all the shy bookworms out there that wish to know more, and to see if it’s something that you’d join!
If you’re anything like me c. 2015, you probably assume book clubs are for old ladies. I’m here to detest that. YA Fiction is growing a large community by the minute, which represents many teens (and some adults!) have an increased interest in reading.
What if you want to talk about this book and you want others to read the book? Go join a book club. If there isn’t a local YA book club in your town; make your own. Paste posters promoting your club at school, and host it at a public area like under a distinct tree in your town square or a conference room at the library. If that isn’t your thing; suggest a YA Book Club to your local librarians.
If you’re too shy and don’t want to meet strangers, you could always host a blog and create your own virtual book club, or join a Goodreads reading group! I have made a page on my blog with online Book Club recommendations. There’s plenty of teens out there who want to talk about books as much as you do.
So besides finding where you can actually join or start a new community, there’s assumptions you may have about what goes on at a book club meeting. From my experience, I have learned that not everybody has to read the same book. Sure, many book clubs run that way, but my book club just lets us rave about whatever we’ve read this month, and ask others about their current reads.
You’re also going to have chats about things that aren’t book related. And that’s fun, too, to an extent. Some people prefer a strict ‘book only’, but my local librarians like to ask us about other things going on, because they care about the teen’s interests. Many of them are homeschooled and don’t get the same experiences others in traditional schooling systems experience. You can venture into related content, like a movie adaption too.
You don’t always have to enjoy the book.
One of my favourite things to do is go to my book club and just vent it out. Talk about what didn’t work in the story, the confusing plot lines, and/or contradictory characters, which are great for everybody to join in on the conversation, despite those who haven’t read the book.
It was daunting the first time I spoke in a circle to a bunch of strangers. But once they laughed and asked me questions, it got easier each time returning. Until you’re the one making jokes and welcoming a new comer.
I hope you’ve enjoyed my book talk about book clubs!