When we think of a book club, most of us tend to picture a group of people, books in hand, sitting comfortably around a coffee table adorned with snacks and wine. These book clubs usually take place in the homes of people we know, close friends with whom we share a mutual love of all things bookish. Whilst these book clubs are great fun, we have seen in recent years new varieties of book clubs emerging – some more unconventional than others. If you’re looking for ways to spice up your monthly book club, check out these fun and unique book club variations:
Silent Book Club:
Silent book clubs exist all around the world, but have gained recent attention in Australia due to the STFU Reading Society’s monthly silent reading party that is hosted in the Fitzroy Gardens, Melbourne. The book club has only a few rules: you can read whatever book you please – but you have to read in complete silence. This is a book club not focussed on discussion and debate, but on companionship and solidarity – the comfort of reading with others, and the importance of taking time out of busy lives to slow down and read.
Walking Book Club:
Walking book clubs operate just like a regular book club – except, as the name suggests, the bookish discussion takes place outside, with members walking and talking at the same time.
These book clubs are great because they not only focus on the mental and social aspects but also add physical exercise to the list of benefits. If you’re looking for great book recommendations and discussions, and wouldn’t mind amping up your fitness at the same time, perhaps it’s time to join a walking book club.
Knitting Book Club:
Knitting book clubs are on the rise, and strive to combine two passions and hobbies – reading and knitting. Both activities that stimulate the mind, knitting book clubs are a great way to make sure you are really exercising your mind, all the while walking away with a great new scarf or whoolen jumper…
Digital Book Club:
The rise of social media and online forums has also changed the face of book clubs. Digital book clubs are much more accessible, allowing people who are otherwise in able to attend a physical book club, to still be a part of a book-loving community and share their thoughts, opinions, and views. The Better Reading Monthly Book Club, live-streamed on our Facebook page on the last Wednesday of every month, is an example of a digital book club.
If you’ve heard of any interesting new book club trends, we would love to hear them!