I’ve never met a blogger who hates to read. You may be out there, but we’ve never crossed paths. I’ve noticed a lot of book clubs popping up recently on blogs, and its no mystery why. People who write usually love to read. In fact, it’s been studied by real scientists that reading can help improve your writing.

When you read books, a lot happens to your brain. You start thinking more critically about your own writing, your moods change, and your writing can even start to emulate the writing style of the author you’re currently reading! We’re all little plagiarists!

Reading a great book is like spending the week with someone. Pretty soon you start to see changes in your mannerisms that reflect their personality. The way you speak starts to change, and you start to use phrases or words you don’t normally use. (Please tell me I’m not the only one this happens to?).

I think that’s one of the reasons people connect so well over discussing a good book. When you read, you experience something completely in your own head- then there’s this whole other group of people who totally get it. It’s like they’ve been in your head the whole time! What a great way to make connections, am I right?

So this week’s community building challenge is to join a book club! I’ve started a list of some book clubs that I know of, if you have any to add to this list, let us know in the comments!

1. A Beautiful Mess Book Club: This one is great because it’s really active, and I’ve seen a variety of different genres so far, but it’s mostly fiction. October’s book is The Great Gatsby!

2. Lauren Conrad holds a book club that’s teeming with new people to meet! This month’s book is The Fault in Our Stars

3. The Glitter Collective just started a book club for female bloggers & entrepreneurs (right up my alley!) This mont’s book is #GIRLBOSS

4. Bree from the christian blog Imperfect Vessel is holding a seasonal book study, this season’s book is Let’s All Be Brave: Living Life with Everything You Have

Other Ideas:

1. Start your own book club! If you have a decent following, and readers who share your interests, they might be interested in joining. It’s such a great way to get the conversation flowing on your blog, and connect more personally with your readers.

2. If you’re not confident in your book-club-building abilities just yet, why not try doing a few book reviews, and encouraging conversation in the post. Pick something popular that people are likely to have already read, so they will be able to contribute to the conversation. Then, if you see a lot of interaction, gauge their interest to see if they’d be interested in joining a book club on your site!

3. Use social media to find people who’ve read the book you’re reviewing, and start discussions with them. See if they belong to book clubs, or if they’d be interested in starting one

4. Do a blog tour book club- have a different blogger host the discussions. This will help them promote their blogs, as well as give you access to a whole new audience to meet, and connect with!

The whole point is meeting new people who share similar interests with you, and book clubs are a great way to do that! So this week’s blog community building challenge is to join a book club! I wasn’t able to find many non-fiction book clubs… maybe something I’ll have to start here? I’m definitely a non-fiction reader-I don’t know if there are a lot of us?

If I missed any book clubs, please leave a link to them in the comments below!

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