Feature Friday: The Social Book Club

Do you love to read but don’t have  book club? Do you love to read but don’t love going to book club? Do you need great book recommendations? This is where The Social Book Club comes in. These ladies have started an Instagram book club and it is fabulous. Today Lizzie Davis is sharing some great insight about reading, the book club and the importance of continued learning. Enjoy!

What is the Social Book Club? 

The Social Book Club is where social media meets the old fashioned book club.  We run it entirely through instagram, with the account @thesocialbookclub, and anyone can follow at anytime.  It’s a modern book club for the modern mom.  Instead of reading a book all month and having to get a babysitter to go discuss it once at the end of the month, you can check in with the The Social Book Club at any time — during kids naps, while standing in line at the grocery store, whenever you have a few minutes here and there, just by scrolling through your instagram and reading our posts.  We post a few times a week with interesting quotes or thought provoking questions from our current read, and our followers can respond and engage in the conversation at any time.  It’s a great way to use social media in a unique, productive, and uplifting way.

How did it start? 

We started a couple years ago thinking that a few of our friends who lived in different places might want to join and read along with us.  Shortly after we began we had a few hundred followers, then a few thousand.  It has been such a pleasant surprise to watch it grow and to use social media in such a new way.   There are old friends we’ve re-connected with through the book club, amazing organizations we’ve connected with, and even new real life friendships that have sprung from The Social Book Club!
 What kinds of books do you read? 

We read worthwhile words and books to better us.  We always try to read something that inspires, something that uplifts & something that explores ideas that can stretch our thoughts and hearts.  And of course we love to read the classics.  Memoirs and biographies are among our favorites too, since we believe we have so much to learn from the experiences of others.  Some of our most popular reads have been: Better Than Before by Gretchin Rubin, When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi, Where the Light Gets In by Kimberly Williams Paisley, I Feel Bad About My Neck by Nora Ephron, and Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery.  We are currently reading The Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines.  Come join the discussion @thesocialbookclub.  You can see our monthly book picks by clicking the hashtag #thesocialbookclubmonthlypick.

Why is it so important to make time to read? 

For me, reading for pleasure has become a learned skill that now is so enjoyable it has become my recreation.  I realized a few years after I graduated from college that I was craving more learning but wasn’t in a phase of life where I could go back to school.  As I started forcing myself to read (instead of watch TV or browse the internet) I felt my brain starting to expand in new ways that weren’t always comfortable – kind of like when you first start exercising after taking some time off and your muscles are weak.  But as I stretched those muscles in my brain and they became stronger, I found myself starting to read more and more and more.  Reading became insatiable for me.  There is always a stack of unread books on my nightstand that I am excited to get through, and participating in the The Social Book Club has kept my motivation for reading alive even when my life gets busy.  My intellectual curiosity has grown and you will be hard pressed to find me bored because there is always another good book to read.  Always having a book to read has built my confidence too, because it has made me feel like I always have something interesting to think about on my own, or talk about at the playground with other moms, or at dinner with friends, or at night with my husband.  I believe it has made me a more interesting, curious, and fulfilled person.  It has made the world an interesting and exciting place for me as I read other’s stories and experiences and learn from their knowledge.  I hope that my children see me reading and know that it is something that I highly value, and that we all have a story to tell.
My Grandmother had to drop out of college because her father lost his job in the great depression, and she never had the opportunity to go back to school.  But she made a habit of reading, and she became one of the smartest and most interesting people I have ever known.  She said, “Sometimes I think this is what makes the difference between a good student and a poor one.  Just a little curiosity.  If you have it, cultivate it – hold fast to it.  Never let it go.  If you do not have it – get it.  It is just that simple.  The rewards for intellectual curiosity are many.  The world will always be your pumpkin, full of magic, full of wonder.  You will be interesting to your friends, to your husband, and a joy to your children.  You will have perpetual youth.” (- Marjorie Pay Hinckley)

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