5 Misconceptions About Joining a Book Club

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5 Misconceptions About Joining a Book Club

I’ve been in several book clubs with different formats; one focused solely on the book, in another we talked little about the book but had some great meals. And then there’s BooknBrunch, an event that brings the literary and community aspects together in one tidy package, and in my opinion, the best of both worlds!

Let’s explore some book club myths.

  1. It’s only bored housewives with time on their hands. I’ve met some of the most interesting people; a French diplomat, a corporate lawyer, a writer and magazine editor; and in addition to exploring their thoughts on the book, I gained some insight into their lives and what drives their beliefs, and sometimes influences mine.
  1. Chick-lit and crime novels are all we read. One of my main reasons for joining a book club was to read something I wouldn’t normally pick up. Yes, there has been the odd chick-flick type story,  but I’ve also been introduced to some classic fiction and non-fiction. I don’t like them all, but you don’t have to and reading one book can lead to another. Who’d have thought that reading A House in the Sky (Amanda Lindhout) would result in me buying a copy of the Quran?
  1. We hole up in dark and dusty venues. I’ve been to so many beautiful homes and eaten in numerous restaurants and cafes that I probably can’t remember them all, but I can remember my favourites where the venue was welcoming and the wonderful food prepared with passion and love.
  1. We discuss the book and dash. For me, it’s all about communication and networking. The book is the focal point, but there are so many more enlightening discussions to be had and friendships made.
  2. “We all loved the book”. I have had some amazingly in-depth discussions when I have really detested the book. The objective is healthy debate and it’s exciting when people have diverse views that make the lively discussion so much richer.

If you have ever wanted to try out a book club, I recommend seeing what BooknBrunch has scheduled by visiting their events page. I’m sure you will enjoy it!


Jacqui Hodges

With 30 years of general management experience in the global insurance industry and having lived in 4 countries, Jacqui now spends her time between London and New York where she continues to pursue her passion for writing, food, books and travel.

A Reiki practitioner, yogi and huge animal advocate, her home isn’t complete without a furbaby or three. In addition to being a BooknBrunch contributor, she writes for  industry publications.

Favourite book: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.
Favourite brunch dish: avocado toast with tomato and chilli


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