Book Club/Reading Benefits (according to research)
- Boost Memory and Cognition (Source)
- Increase Social Skills (Source)
- Reduce Stress and Anxiety (Source) (Source)
- Increase Longevity (Source) (Source)
- Improve Your Quality of Life (Source)
Book Club Benefits (according to me)
- A Chance to Discuss Your Recent Reads/Share a Love of Reading
- Connect Socially
- Make New Friends
- Afternoon or Evening Out
- Expand Your Reading Horizons
- Gain New Perspectives
- Help Make Reading a Priority (via a set deadline and group commitment)
If None of the Above has You Convinced:
- Book Clubs usually include snacks/wine!
Since it was my turn to drop off door-to-door treats for a local book club meeting (via Zoom), I went with this reusable glass jar packaging. Each container included: a package of microwave popcorn, cappuccino mix, herbal tea, chocolate, ginger candy and a small energy bar!
My Most Recent Book Club Reads:
“Why so many recent book club reads?” I hear you asking. I’m currently in three book clubs, and I often read ahead. At the height of the pandemic’s lockdown, I was in five different book clubs (all took place online).
I’ve also recently reread Plunge with one of my book clubs. The author, Liesbet Collaert, joined us (via Zoom) to introduce herself and answer questions. Liesbet’s book and her guest appearance were extremely well-received. It turns out that she is a great writer and a fantastic speaker combined!
Sadly, I forgot to take a photo when Liesbet joined us. The above is a previous photo of that same book club group.
Other Books Recently Read:
Although I’m not much of a television/movie watcher, I recently became engrossed in Stanley Tucci’s In Search of Italy and HBO Max’s Julia. Both series influenced my recent reading. I was pleasantly surprised by how easily Julia’s Child’s recipes could be read as a book. The introductions to this anniversary edition provided much history and thought-provoking insight, as did the recipes themselves. If you have a copy on your shelf, I highly recommend giving it a closer look. In the case of Taste, I much preferred the CNN series over the book. (My apologies to Stanley.)
I haven’t (yet) made any recipes from Mastering or Taste, but this reading did inspire me to attempt Julia’s Sole Meunière . Here’s my version of her pan-fried fish. Although it was good, I didn’t quite have the intense reaction to it that Meryl did in Julie and Julia. Perhaps I didn’t use enough butter?!
Travelling Book Updates:
The Little Book of Inner Peace (Copy A) recently landed in Buderim, Australia. It has now officially travelled 14,559 km since leaving Vancouver Island, BC, on February 9, 2022. Over 2,760 of those kilometres (or 28 hours of driving time without traffic) were in Australia alone. More updates to follow.
Speaking of Traveling Books In an early post, I mentioned Book Crossings. On March 11, I left a copy of Julia Cameron’s The Writing Diet on a random table at a Mt. Washington ski lodge. I recently received notice that it was found and commented upon. That made my morning!
What’s been on your bookshelf recently? Are you a member of a book club? If so, what do you believe are its top benefits? Share your post and read others here: