I am a member of the book club that my wonderful sister-in-law founded. I have never been in a book club before, so the entire experience was new to me. The club has been going strong for a couple years now, and I have to say I love it! We all have very different tastes in the kind of books we like, but we all share this common quirk: we love exploring new things.
Our book club gives all genres and categories a try, and each of us has been surprised at some of the types of books we've liked. It is not unusual for one of us to say: "I never would have picked up this book to read (or buy) but I really enjoyed it, and I'll try more like this."
Even though I'm a writer and I try to read widely, when left to my own devices, I tend to gravitate toward my favorite genres and can get stuck in a reading rut. The book club is a great reminder that story comes in hundreds of different packages and forms, and trying out something new every once in a while can be an awful lot of fun!
How about you? Have you ever joined a book club? Have you ever tried an unfamiliar genre or book and been surprised that you like it?
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