For The Love Of Book Club - Something Bookish

Recently, a new friend invited me to her very exclusive book club monthly meeting and I’m so inspired to have mine. You’ve heard a lot about book clubs so you might not be as excited as I am about the exclusivity of this club.

We, eight of us, sat on a comfy couch in a member’s apartment one Saturday afternoon. We ate freshly baked chocolate chip cookies and brownies*wink wink*, drank tea, and discussed Circe by Madeline Miller.

As we examined our likes, dislikes, and interpretations of the novel, I was struck by how much I was learning about the other women in the room; one, who I knew from Bookstagram and others, who were new faces. We were talking about our feelings on the storyline, themes, and characters, but we were also sharing our own experiences.

For The Love Of Book Clubs - Something Bookish

We told stories of love and loss. Our values came through when we brought up what we thought the protagonist should’ve done. We took what we learned from the story and explored our own lives. We abandoned small-talk and focused on listening to each other and relating to one another and the book.

I loved spending three hours hearing the thoughts and opinions of other people who shared the same joy of reading, eating cookies, and dissecting relationships! It got me thinking about the places we go to find community and connection with the world outside ourselves. And because I’m not a member of that club, I’ve decided to start mine. Yeah, I was a little jealous.

Currently, I have two book clubs. The Indulgent Bibliophile Book Club is an online book club that was created because many of my followers and clients wanted a book club where we could talk about books and score discounts, which they do. Then, I created The Something Bookish Reader’s Club because I wanted a community of readers who could meet in real life and who I could explore Lagos with.

For The Love Of Book Clubs - Something Bookish

I honestly believe that books clubs are the foundations of true female friendships. Now, I want to start another book club. My very own exclusive book club. I haven’t coined a name yet but I know what and who I want in this club.

I made the first call on Twitter so I’m just going to go into details now.

Things To Know Before Joining This Book Club

The purpose of this book club is to read and enjoy literature! So, if you love books, and you’re ready to discuss them… you’re in the right place.

  • The first rule of book club is: you have to read the book. There will be no excuses. Life happens to us all but some of us like to make sacrifices for the things we love.
  • You have to be available every month to meet up. We will meet in our homes, hotels, restaurants, lounges and even the strip club if we have to. The point is, we must meet up every month.
  • There will be booze. If you don’t drink alcohol, I think you should stop reading.
  • It’s okay if you have a Kindle but this book club prefers physical books and we like to spend on our books. And on our food and drinks.
  • Did I mention that you must read the book?
This is the kind of loyalty and dedication I expect from my book club members

More Details About This Super Exclusive Club

I’m in Lagos. so, for now, it’s only open to Lagosians. This is a girls-only club and we will be reading our way around the world through books written by women. So, expect a very diverse reading list. The entry process is going to be very quirky because of how exclusive this club is going to be. There will be merchandise, you guys. So if you think you have what it takes to be a member, do send me DM or Twitter or Instagram or an email at amynbawa.allah@gmail.com and tell me why you NEED to be with us.

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