The Joy of Book Clubs

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Are you a bibliophile? Do you imagine being surrounded by a group of book lovers just like you while discussing characters, plots, and twisting climaxes? If that excites you then Book clubs are a  happening space for you.

 

What are Book clubs?

Bell Hooks describes it thus “For most people, what is so painful about reading is that you read something and you don’t have anybody to share it with. In part what the book club opens up is that people can read a book and then have someone else to talk about it with. Then they see that a book can lead to the pleasure of conversation, that the solitary act of reading can actually be a part of the path to communion and community.”

Book clubs are reading groups made up of a number of members who read and discuss books according to agreed-upon reading lists. Depending on the interests of its members, book clubs can read classic and contemporary literary works as well as critique a wide variety of works.  Some book clubs are focused on a certain genre, such as romance or horror. There are even book clubs dedicated to a particular author or series.  By participating in a book club, members engage in the process of analyzing, dissecting, and presenting their views on a literature work.

 

What are the benefits of joining a book club?

Being a member of the Bookclub connects you with a community of critical thinkers and opinionated (but open) individuals which can complement your own views and ideas. This contributes to building a community of critical thinkers, an essential addition to a rational society.

Book clubs can be a monthly or weekly activity and even been recognized as a therapeutic way to disengage from the frantic pace of life. Children’s Book Clubs can foster lifelong learning habits in children, help them develop as people, and give them a sense of belonging thus building their self-confidence.

In spite of book clubs being an age-old tradition dating back to 1800, they are back in fashion with a lot of young people choosing to join book club communities of their choice. With technological advances taking over almost everything, Book Clubs are also adapting to connect to a larger global mass through a digital age.

 

The GLiterARTi Book Club experience

At Gliterarti we are thrilled to offer such a space to passion-spirited readers. The Gliterarti Book club started in 2011 and has been flourishing over since. It also has the distinction of organizing The First-ever Gurgaon Literature and Art festival.

Members share their experience:

 

Gliterarti Book Club gave me an opportunity to learn from others point of view and being a part of a book club makes you appreciate nuances which otherwise you might have not noticed.”       – Sarita shahi, (Education Consultant VIDYA )  

 

“ Being one of the founding members of Gliterati  Book Club has been very beneficial for me in overcoming my ‘retirement blues ‘. The regular literary discussion with Gliterarti Members managed to fill the vacuum created on superannuation from the regular profession and broadened my vision.” – Prof Mohan Gulrajani  

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