The Book Club has had a make-over
It might just be me, but I’d always thought that book clubs were for the later years in life, and more an excuse to go drink tonnes of wine and gossip with your friends than legitimately dissect Anna Karenina. If I’m totally honest, I thought they were a bit uncool. So I was pretty surprised when one of my legitimately cool friends (can wear double denim and puts her hair in one of those buns on the top of her head even when she’s not washing her face) mentioned her book club.
I learned two things from this exchange. Firstly, that I should never try and take the piss out of Cool Friend because she once hung-out with Alexa Chung and I listen to the Archers, and secondly that book clubs are, apparently, back en vogue.
She had a point, really. Talking about books whilst drinking wine does sound pretty great. And I’m not the only one coming around to the idea. Book Club memberships all across the UK have soared. Friendship making website MeetUp.com has over a thousand book clubs in London and the surrounding areas.
Describing what happens at book club (aside from discussing the book, obviously) Poppy says: ‘Something amazing happens when women get together. There’s a magic. A comfort. New friendships are born, new strengths are found and wonderful new communities are formed.’
If you’re interested in trying out a book club, there’s a lot of options. Poppy Loves and MyBookClub.com has groups all over the world, and MeetUp.com has them all over London. There’s a club for pretty much any topic or interest, from historical, to chick lit, including classic literature and even erotica, if you’re so inclined (oo-er). So, what are you waiting for?