For many years I wanted to join a book club. The idea of meeting a lot of like minded people to talk about books was wonderful but I was hampered by two things. Firstly, there weren’t any near me and secondly I was hesitant about committing myself to reading books I didn’t like. Not that I expected to hate them all – I just knew there would be some I didn’t.
However, when there was an opportunity to set one up at work I jumped at the chance. I am so glad I did! Yes, there have been books I really did not like but there have been others that I loved – even some that I would not have picked up if left to myself.
I have also genuinely enjoyed the discussions and it is great to be able to have them with a group of people who love books just as much as me. Besides, I’ve learnt that if I really hate a book I don’t have to finish it. That makes an interesting discussion too.