“If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.”
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Although I’ve always enjoyed reading, I didn’t always find time to read. After a friend asked me to join her book club, I wondered if I would be able to make time to read a book a month.
I usually write every day, but I am not so consistent with reading. Knowing I am accountable to read at least the current selection keeps me reading regularly. I typically finish right before the next meeting by reading a bit at a time (usually 15 − 30 minutes or so each day). I’ve also tried audiobooks which allows more flexibility when I am limited on time.
After a few novels, I realized that I could read a book a month and even find time for an additional book for that month. I also felt I was getting so much more out of this commitment.
Discussing books is wonderful because you get to see how others think and what appeals to them. Many times we don’t agree about what worked in the story, but I learn so much about what readers enjoy and seek out in their books.
When selecting books, we are lucky to have a local library that provides sets of 10 books per title specifically for book clubs. There is a long list of books we can choose from, and I enjoy getting a new book that is usually a title I would not have chosen. Variety is fun!
As a writer, I’m developing my communication skills as part of my book club experience. I’ve gained insight about craft and style, so I’ve been inspired to work on my own stories.
The book club members truly love reading and share their favorite books and authors. I’m never without a recommended list of books I am eager to read!
Have you ever thought about joining a book club?
Are you in a book club now?