The ‘book club’ aspect has recently been embraced by most of us as part of their social activities often during the weekend. Back in secondary school, students experience book club sessions during their literature classes Reading culture in Kenya. Well, it might not seem like a book club set-up but it is. You get to read as a class or in groups, a given set book then discuss aspects such as characters and themes covered. The same applies to book clubs. You select one read for the month and meet up at your chosen date to discuss it.
Benefits of Book Clubs
- Meeting interesting people
Most book clubs consist of people from different walks of life. Some of us would prefer to form one with their friends to have a sit down with strangers. However, it is advisable to go for the latter. It gives you an opportunity to explore broader horizons of discussions and exchange and you get to still do the same with friends.
- You explore new reads which you would hardly buy
Readers have different preferences when it comes to books. Some people will only stick to a specific genre while others love to explore new ideas. Book clubs will often give you an opportunity to read a book that you would have quickly dismissed at the store or library.
- Better understanding
Reading can either be a private pursuit or done in a group. Reading as a private pursuit can be interesting and challenging at the same time. Some authors will use varying styles that might be difficult to understand. Discussing with other people about the book gives you a better understanding.
- Building your public speaking skills
Back in high school, most of us would be irked if our literature teacher called out your name to read a short passage. It was a flight for some because of poor public speaking skills. In book clubs, you eventually learn to speak to speak your mind confidently because it is an open discussion. People give their opinions and no one is there to judge which one is right or wrong.
Some Popular Book Clubs in Nairobi
- The Pointzero book club- it is hosted at the Pointzero café located at the Nairobi Gallery at the corner of Posta Road and Kenyatta Avenue from 11 am to 2 pm. It is free and happens on the third Saturday of the month. They have a coffee tasting from different restaurants and invite guest authors for a discussion of the books.
- Textbook center book club- they meet on second Saturday of the month at Kenya National Theatre.
- Nairobi 1st Thurs book club- they meet at Gibsons, Koinange Street from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm.