It might seem like everyone is in a book club. Many of these groups are populated by moms, and there are plenty of good reasons for this. Yes, it’s fun, but there is much more to it than simple entertainment. Book clubs can provide a necessary outlet for moms. Here are the top reasons why any mom that enjoys reading needs to find a book club:
1) Social Interactions with Adults
Every mother is a working mother, whether or not she holds down a job outside of the home. Book clubs give moms a place to be more than just Mommy or her professional self.
2) A Break
The demands of parenthood are unending. A book is a welcome break from the daily routine. For most readers, discussing the book with others is the best part (hence why book clubs are so popular). For moms, the discussion allows her to extend that hiatus from reality. She has a chance to relax and decompress… which will ultimately make her a better mom.
3) A Chance to Meet New People
Locally based clubs have the added bonus of being logistically friendly; other clubs are built around specific genres. No matter how it forms, very few people go in knowing all the members. This gives the individuals a chance to meet others with similar interests, laying the foundation for lasting friendships.
4) Girl Time
Connections with other women are critical, yet friendships are often neglected because busy moms lack the time. Regular book club meetings require moms to make the time for socializing. While much of the conversation of any group of moms can be child-focused, a book club automatically provides other fodder for conversation.
5) Try Something New
Many groups will rotate which member selects the book for that month’s assignment. Since different people will have different tastes, the monthly selection might not be everyone’s favorite genre. Yet since all members complete the book, it forces members to step outside their comfort zones… and potentially discover their love of something brand new.
For most clubs, food is a necessity. Some clubs work a culinary theme around the book. For moms, this is one of the few meals that she will get to enjoy uninterrupted. Wine and/or desserts are additional bonuses.
To my BCBs – thank you for everything.