Book clubs and groups are a great way to learn about new books and share your love of reading with others. I have a local book group I attend occasionally, and I am also a part of several groups on Goodreads. I'll admit that I'm not the most regular attendant at these groups, but I still enjoy being a part of them, and often I read the books even if I can't make it to the meetings.
Book groups offer several great advantages. If you find a group you fit well with, you have a network of other enthusiastic readers who understand your love of books and can help you find new books to read. Hopefully, you'll enjoy most of these books, but it will also challenge you to step out of your book-box and try some things you may not have otherwise. You'll likely be surprised from time to time.
Interestingly enough, a book group can open up new opportunities for
you. I've come across several authors who are willing to do
free skype chats with book groups (something they won't do for you
personally, but will do for a whole group). You can even ask for review
copies of books and may get them sometimes for free (assuming you are
actually willing to write the reviews). I recently sent out free advance
ebooks of a novel I'm currently writing (In An Instant) to a book group
who offered to read it and give me their feedback. I greatly appreciate
this as an author.
You'll also have a group to discuss the book with who can help you see it from new and interesting perspectives. This is fun and will help you understand things you may have missed initially. You'll bring those expanded perspectives to every book and interaction you face in the future.
And, book groups are a great way to get out and do something a little different from time to time. If reading is something you enjoy, or would like to get into a little more, I highly recommend finding a book group that shares your tastes and interests.
Are you a member of a book group?
What are you're thoughts on book groups?