Book clubs can be a great way to socialize with people who share common interests with you. They can also give you insight into reading that you may not gain on your own. Finding a book club can be a difficult task, however, if you don't know where to start.
To find a book club that you can really enjoy, you first need to decide what sort of book club interests you the most. Usually, book clubs are sorted by book genre, giving members a more enjoyable reading experience. If you love a good mystery, for example, then you should try to find a book club which focuses on the mystery genre.
The next factor to consider is cost. Many book clubs are free, especially those hosted by a local library or the YMCA. When you join a free book club it will be your responsibility to purchase the books and you'll receive no group discounts. Many other book clubs, on the other hand, are hosted by book publishers or other groups which can donate a set number of free books per year or can offer a discount on purchases. These clubs usually charge a membership fee that varies between $20 and $100 per year. Deciding which type of book club is best for you is very important.
There are plenty of great resources in your area that can give you access to local book clubs. For example, your local library or community center can usually tell you when book clubs meet. These are the most popular places to find book clubs in your area. You'll usually have especially good luck at libraries near you because libraries frequently host book clubs weekly. You can also try checking out your local newspaper or even starting one yourself. Online book clubs are becoming especially popular lately because they let you connect and socialize with people all over the world, including authors you enjoy. Online book clubs also give you freedom and the chance to participate in something you may not otherwise have time for.
Once you find a book club you think you'll enjoy being a member of, speak with the host and arrange to attend a meeting. This will give you a good chance to get a feel for the book club and decide whether the club is right for you. Make sure you introduce yourself to the group and try to join in on the discussion. One of the best things about book clubs is the social atmosphere.