You Are Never Too Old to Join a Book Club!

by | Jun 16, 2022 | DATING | 0 comments

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There are people who love chatting about books. Then there are others who have no desire to join a book club. Which are you?

If you believe you are the latter, please continue, gentle reader.

Join a Book Club: You May Just Live Longer

Did you know you might live longer if you join a book club? So says a report by UK researchers. That’s advice I would like to believe! Live longer by reading books and sharing your thoughts with others. I can buy into that!

You Don’t Need to Follow a Celebrity

Oprah Winfrey is quite possibly the highest profile person to encourage book club membership. From 1996 to 2011, she shared her love of reading through her own popular book club and encouraged literacy in every age group. Then in 2012, Oprah announced the launch of Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 in a digital format through her own television network and her e-zine.

However, she’s far from the only celebrity doing this. Emma Watson, Reese Witherspoon and apparently even Kim Kardashian all have their own book clubs, to name a few. But you don’t need to be a celebrity; all you need is the desire to start your own group. Put the word out to your friends and see what interest there is. You may be surprised to discover some of your friends already are members of a book club and you may be invited to join. Problem solved! You might also check with your local library, community centre or neighbourhood bookstore. Often they have their own book clubs or know of local groups.

A Few of the Many Benefits for Older Readers

Some benefits are the opportunity to network and stay engaged with others and to be introduced to some titles you might have never picked up. I was amazed to discover I actually enjoyed reading some genres that I had always avoided. Then there were others I didn’t care for, but that was okay too. Reasons for not liking or finishing a selection can also create lively discussion.

Are there literature genres you have never explored? You may be astonished at how your reading choices expand. It’s never too late!

It’s important to recognize that some seniors feel more comfortable expressing opinions with people their own age. Senior centres are a good place to enquire about book clubs. If your eyesight is presenting problems, there are large print and audiobooks available. Listening is the new reading! If you find yourself in a book club that isn’t satisfying, for whatever reason, you can simply drop out. It’s not a lifetime commitment. But I’m willing to bet that you will find yourself in the midst of a group whose company you enjoy as you all share your love of reading. I’ve met some book clubs that actually began traveling together, too! Another book club now gets together for a meal out once a month, with a hard and fast rule that books may not be discussed! As well as sharing thoughts about books, these clubs can be about making new friendships at a time in your life when there are not so many opportunities. 

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