For many bookworms, reading isn’t just a solo activity. Many local residents find companionship in a book club. Naperville has more than fifty book clubs.
“It’s just a great way to make great friendships and have a blast,” Becky Anderson, owner of Anderson’s Bookshop said of book clubs. “There’s so much about a book that brings out people & you learn so much from a book.”
One of the newest book clubs in town is the Mother-Daughter Book Club. Anderson started the group to get woman bonding with their family and friends.
Naperville mom, Mary Kelly joined the club with her teenage daughter. “You think you’re talking about the book at first but in reality as you go on throughout the discussion you really start talking about your own life,” said Kelly.
Another book club surrounds one common interest; history. The Naperville History Book Club meets monthly to discuss the latest read about our world’s past.
“They say if you don’t know history, you’re doomed to repeat it and there’s a lot of parallels between older stories and what’s happening now today,” said Elizabeth Smartt, history buff and book club member.
But members say their club isn’t just about talking history.
Charles Johanns, the club’s facilitator, said, “It encourages people to read, which I think is a good thing, broadens their horizons, and I think it provides a great social outlet.”
Booksellers say there’s a book out there for everybody and discussing a book with others can actually take you on a new and exciting journey.
“You’re getting with like-minded people and you’re getting together to discuss something that maybe you wouldn’t have read on your own,” said Anderson. “But it’s broadening your mind, you’re making those brain cells grow.”
And for the tech savvy readers, the Naperville Public Library offers almost a dozen online book clubs. You can visit naperville-lib.org for more information or to join a book club.
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