Are you running out of activities to do because of social distancing and have to stay home? Are you looking for something to do that will broaden your imagination without leaving your house? Your answer is right here: the virtual book club.
Depending on where you live, libraries and public spaces may be limited or closed due to the pandemic. But taking a favorite pastime such as reading and blending it with modern day technology may be the solution you need. Now is the perfect time to join a virtual book club!
1. There are no limits to your imagination.
Books are magnificent tools for your imagination. In “The Importance of Books” by Katie Sweeney, she writes that “Books have the power to transport us to different worlds, real or imagined… Books have the unique ability to help us find commonalities with people from drastically different backgrounds.” That’s probably why a good book resonates within your essence. There’s an instinct that people have to start a discussion about a recently read book.
2. You are a part of a community and you’re able to connect with others.
Chances are that you’re not alone in the desire to voice your opinions about a favorite book. Or perhaps you have been too shy to consider the possibility of a book club. A common fear you may have is that somebody else doesn’t share your opinion on a book.
Opinions fall all over the spectrum, but a virtual book club can provide you with a sense of community, no matter what sentiments you or your peers may have towards a book. It’s usually that sense of fellowship that people seek overall.
Mike Monteiro, the co-founder of Quarantine Book Club, summed it up best in his article, “10 Virtual Book Clubs You Can Join Now- And How to Start Your Own”. Monteiro said, “It’s like the book is an excuse for people to connect and look at other people.” Sometimes the book itself is not the focus.
3. You can do it from the comfort of your home.
Could you imagine yourself snuggled on your couch or sipping a glass of wine while discussing a book with people virtually? It’s slowly becoming the reality of 2020, and it’s truly a win-win situation for you.
You can remain safe and healthy within your comfort zone. What place could be better for you other than home? You can have your favorite book in front of you or a completely new one, and discuss it with other people who are just as excited as you are. And the best part is that they, too, are also connecting with you from the comfort of their own homes.
Alright, I’m in! But where do I start?
Virtual book clubs have become the trend of 2020 and so many new clubs have sprouted over the internet quickly. The most popular clubs include Goodreads, Our Shared Shelf by actress Emma Watson, Oprah’s Book Club 2.0, New Adult Book Club, and the Andrew Luck Book Club.
Simply doing a Google search can bring up plenty options for you. Some groups select a book for everyone to read, and that’s usually how virtual book clubs work. However, there are also “Silent Book Clubs,” which Andrew R. Chow describes as chapters who “meet, read whatever book they’ve brought for an hour silently, and then share what they’ve learned.”
The preference ultimately remains in your hands. Do your research online and open a world of imagination, community and discussion!