[Book Talk] Why I'm a Terrible Book Clubber

17:52 Cilla P 8 Comments


I love the idea of book clubs. So many times I put down a book needing to squeal with someone about a plot twist or a particular moment, and couldn't think of anyone! Having a book club seems like the answer to that. Plus, meeting other bookworms and discussing books - it sounds like my favourite kind of past time. As the title of this post hints, though, the reality doesn't quite match the idea for me.



I have been in a book club twice, and I hit the same roadblock both times: I'm terrible at reading to a schedule! I'm a slow reader to begin with, so having to read one book in a fortnight or a month can be a bit of a chore. It may be easier if I'm keen to read the book to begin with, but even when I'm enthusiastic about a book, I'm still slow.

And there's another thing: I tend to clam up when a lot of people are talking, and when most of those people are strangers to me. I don't know exactly what it is about - fear of judgment, probably - but I imagine it would be much easier for me to have a book club with people I know at least a little bit or through mutual friends. I imagine that's rarely the case with book clubs, though if you have one like that, you're lucky!

I think, rather than a book club, I'm much better with a book buddy. The timing could still be an issue, but at least the timeframe is more relaxed (in my experience anyway). At the end of the day, it's always nice to have other people to chat about books with, no matter the form!

Let's talk!
Are you in a book club? If not, would you like to be?
What has been your experience of book clubs/book buddies? 
Do you have a preference between the two?

8 comments:

  1. I used to be in a ton of virtual book clubs on Goodreads, but I left them because I was terrible at reading the books. I either didn’t acquire the book in time, or I was too busy to read it. I guess I’m just not made for book clubs.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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    1. Glad to know I'm not the only one! :D I've never done virtual book clubs but I imagine I wouldn't be any better at them than physical ones.

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  2. I feel like I'm the slowest reader on the planet a lot of the time! I'm so glad I'm not alone; I see on GR and Twitter how fast some lucky people read and feel jealous! :D I'm also not that great at reading according to a schedule, mainly b/c of my slow reading. I have a hard time with read-a-thons, but I try my best! LOL! A reading buddy sounds like fun! I've never tried that route! Happy reading! :D

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    1. You are definitely not alone in that! Hope you get to try buddy reading in the future! I think it could really go either way, just as it is with anything, but it's fun when it turns out well. :D

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  3. I read quickly, but I agree that doing it on a schedule doesn't work all that well for me. I have only tried to do the book club thing once, and it wasn't all that successful.

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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    1. It'll be nice to have an unscheduled book club, but I suppose that will make discussion difficult...

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  4. OMG YES I relate to this so much!! I think the major hindrance for me is definitely going in with no one else I know really well - a lot of my friends aren't huge on books anymore. That being said - time is also difficult. It can be really hard to read books on a schedule for me as well - in between uni, work, blogging and friends, it's difficult to schedule reading as well! I'm more of a "read-it-all-in-one-night" kind of girl :'))

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    1. *highfives* I wish I had more friends who read too! But it does make me appreciate the ones I do have a lot more :D

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