Have you heard of Silent Book Clubs? Billed as an introvert’s happy hour … the official silent book club began in 2012. I’m not sure why it took me six years to discover this bibliophile dream, but I am now obsessed.
I first learned about the concept this spring when a friend saw a meeting advertised at the local library. The concept is simple – and brilliant!
Participants show up with a book they are currently reading. The meeting opens with personal introductions and a brief description of their book (and perhaps why it is of interest). This typically takes about 20 or 30 minutes, depending on the number of participants.
The next portion of the meeting is reserved for quiet reading time. Everyone reads the book they brought – and if held at a local coffee shop or pub – simultaneously enjoys a hot or cold beverage. This lasts anywhere from 30 to 45 minutes.
At the end of silent reading, everyone gathers together one final time to share what they read and/or if they are still engaged in the story.
I love so many aspects of this “club”:
- I can read what I want and not feel as though I must “study” before the meeting in order to contribute intelligently to the conversation.
- I do not have to read at a certain pace (in other words, cram the night before to finish the book).
- I add new books to my TBR list because others are invested in the books they brought.
- Once we start talking about other books – and comparing our current read to something similar – even more books are added. I love ALL the books!
- I am silently socializing – no need to worry about petty small talk.
- I am part of a local as well as an online community. I feel like I belong…
- The community is open – there is no need to close the group to a select few because we are all reading independently of one another.
I’m sure I can think other benefits if given the time, but this will do for now.
I’m curious … are you a part of a book club, silent or otherwise? What is your favorite aspect of this kind of community?
It’s been a while since I posted in the Sunday Salon. It’s not because I’m not reading (and after discovering the silent book club – my reading time has multiplied). In fact, I’m well ahead of my 2018 GoodReads reading challenge goal (44 out of 52 completed).
However, I haven’t made time to share my progress because… I have a new online home. While reading is still a major part of my life (and always will be) I decided to branch out from a book review blog to a lifestyle blog. Welcome to Molly’s Cozy Book Nook.
In this space, I will continue to share my reading life and writing adventures. But I will also blog about other interests I am pursuing now that I am (mostly) retired.
Lately, I’ve blogged about:
- Julia Cameron’s book for midlife creatives: It’s Never Too Late to Begin Again. I am working my way through the twelve chapters of the book – one chapter per week. This past week I focused on Reigniting a Sense of Honesty.
- Paris in July: one of my favorite summer blogging themes. This week I wrote about Giverny: Monet’s Home.
- Totoro Family Recipes is also making an occasional appearance. This week I experimented with Cora’s recipe for Taralli: Italian Bagel Bites.
I know from reading Bryan’s blog that two read-athons are scheduled for the end of the month. While I would love to participate in both, our family vacation to the lake will occupy my time the last weekend of July. I’m sure I will read sometime while away, but I cannot commit to a 24-hour marathon. Somehow, I don’t think the grandchildren would understand.
However, I am looking forward to the #24in48 readathon next weekend (July 21-22). I am a bit out of practice for these kinds of events, so I will set a goal of reading six hours over the course of the weekend. Baby steps, I know. But perhaps I can work my way up to twelve hours the next time and then the full 24-hour stint by 2019.
How about your summer reading plans? Do you plan to participate in one of these reading challenges?