Book clubs assist the solitary, individual reader develop a habit of in-depth reading, rather than skim-reading. By belonging to a group, you build relationships through not only shared learning, but shared ideas and concepts. The club discussions provide a way to expand your thinking and make the person aware of different perspectives when the group is reading the same materials. The book club is a way to force yourself out of the habit of just reading your interests and explore different genres that ordinarily you would not read. By engaging in the different areas, you expand your thinking and views that will apply to your work, your play, and your intellect.
In my doctorate studies, one of the more critical factors of learning, both for my business and the leadership classes were the discussions. The mind often loses recent information if it is not used. One of the memory retention tricks is to have several discussions in which you use the data. The same with vocabulary building. Every day, I try to utilize either information or new words in conversations or in my writing. There are several ways to embed the information into your brain by using the information in a practical sense. With each class, the information was disseminated through presentations, writings, and foremost, the discussion groups. My classmates were from diverse backgrounds. The students, many from different countries and cultures ((Nigeria, the Netherlands, Switzerland, France, England, and the United States) gave lively discussions from varied views on our assigned readings, which provided exposure to ideas far from my developed views. Among my classmates were Attorneys, Restaurant Owners, Nurses, Business Owners, CEOs, Educators, and Physicians.
Mark Zuckerberg lists 25 books outside of his work focus every January to make a public commitment to expand his reading. Patrick Stewart committed to reading one sonnet a day from Shakespeare on YouTube (see my Facebook) to share his focus on learning. Oprah has a book club shared through her “O” magazine to encourage her fans to read outside their comfort range. They feel if they announce their goals publicly, they are more accountable to pursue the goal. Another method of accountability is joining or establishing a book club.
Book Clubs in Sacramento
Meet up has several book clubs in the Northern California area. Booze and Books is a club with 2,742 readers in the Sacramento area. They meet once a week for a beverage and conversation concerning the book choice for that time. This week the book is A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf. The chosen book may last over several weeks. The Roseville Women’s Bookclub is currently reading A Good Marriager by Kimberly McCreight. A third group out of hundreds is the Geeks Who Read Who meets monthly to discuss their chosen books. Their August book is Not Now, Not Ever, and A Lot of People are Saying. You could check out the meetup groups in your area, or start a group of your own.
I have a book club starting In January and will meet monthly on Zoom. If you would like to join, send a message, and I will send you the details. If you feel book clubs are not for you, then make a pubic commitment to read ten books over the next year, from all different genres. By making the commitment public, then it forces you to choose wisely and keeps you on track.
One of my scheduled postings will describe how to set up a reading club. You may want to start one with your co-workers, your neighbors, or post and have random picked members.
There will be a future posting will talk about the Garden Gate Reflection Book Club coming in January.