I like to think of myself as an old soul that more often then not tries to be hip by keeping up to date on new slang words and social media trends. However, when I’m not being trendy I like to read. A lot.
Oscar Wilde, the author behind The Picture of Dorian Grey, has a great philosophy on reading. He stated that “It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.” I wholeheartedly stand behind that philosophy. Reading can open so many worlds, entwine different cultures, and allow you to make connections that would otherwise go unnoticed. However, those who make the most out of what they read, read because they want to. There is a stark difference between those who read for enjoyment and those who read for necessity. Those who read for pleasure are more open minded and invested in the stories and messages and find themselves connecting with the literature. It’s no secret that reading is powerful, but it’s only as impactful as you make it.
One of the things I did this year was start up a book club and I couldn’t be more happier with the results; here’s a few of the reasons why you should consider starting up a book club or if not, just reading for yourself!
You’ll find comfort in escaping your comfort zone.
- Most book club’s are structured with a recommendation from the group members on which books to read next. What you end up with is a wide variety of genres and a great mixture of literature you may otherwise, never have read. It’s a great way to try reading something different.
You’ll learn new things in a fun way!
- Some of the best books are ones that have some truth to them. Historical fiction books are a great glimpse into history and a lot of crime novels or science fiction introduce real-world math/scientific methods into their chapters.
You’ll gain critical thinking skills.
- One of the things I like most about book club is discussing the book once everyone is done. Not only do I get to meet-up and spend time with friends, but I get to hear more about their opinions, answer questions, and begin to analyze the book on a deeper level. Think of it like high-school English class but without the deadlines and homework.
“Great books help you understand, and they help you feel understood.” – John Green