The perks of being a book nerd
By Nadia on October 4th, 2012
I am a book nerd. This is not a recent revelation; for as long as I can remember, I’ve loved reading. I used to reread my favorite books, usually skipping to my favorite parts (I still do this on occasion.) I was even in a book club growing up. I remember our first meeting and discussing Tangerine by Edward Bloor in my backyard when I was in 7th grade. (Today I’m in two book clubs. Yes, I am indeed a book nerd.)
I bring this up because October is National Reading Group month! Being in a book club when I was 12 helped me expand my reading horizons as we read a wide range of books, including Among the Hidden (the first of Margaret Peterson Haddix’s Shadow of the Children series), The Color of Water by James McBride and The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. But beyond reading and discussing books outside of our literature classes, there is something invaluable about a book group: the relationships you build. Being in a book club requires trust and respect. You need to be able to talk about your thoughts and feeling about the book without feeling uncomfortable, which makes it a great way for friends and families to bond. Two of my close friends were in the book club with me when I was in middle school and we continue to be good friends today (in fact, one of them is in my book club now!)
So grab some friends and family, a great book, and start your own reading group! You can start a new reading tradition with a Mother-Daughter Book Club, where mothers and daughters can read together and find two featured books and a discussion guide each month. Bonus: Every month there is a sweepstakes they can enter to have one of the authors join a Skype chat with their book club!
Are you in a book club? What do you like best about being a member? Let us know in the comments!