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Just a Thought - Book club a real treat
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Magness Library has established a book club. Nope, not for children. It’s for us – adults. Hurray! 

You can join online or by calling the library. In-person meetings will be the first Tuesday of each month at 5 p.m. Our first meeting is July 6. We were given a choice of two books: “The Poet” by Michael Connelly and “A Discovery of Witches” by Deborah Harkness. 

Why join a book club?

Book clubs force you to actually read. Before coming to work at the Southern Standard, I read every night before bed. Now, because it’s what I do all day and every day, I stopped. I miss it. So, off the television goes, and I dedicate at least 30 minutes to reading my book. 

You can make new friends in book clubs, not just the fictional ones on Facebook. I know some of you do not want to hear this, but actual friends are better than Facebook friends. Spending time with people is better than receiving generic likes for your latest picture on Facebook. In-person conversations are better than any comment posted to Facebook. 

A book club can give you a different perspective. I want to hear other people’s viewpoints. I’m used to my opinions upsetting people. While some people can handle the opinions of others, some people cannot. They get all defensive. I get that. Broaden you mind, people. 

A book club broadens your horizons. I’ve selected “The Poet” to read first. Interestingly enough, it’s about a reporter (I can relate to that, but that’s where the similarities end) whose twin brother allegedly committed suicide. As he’s investigating it for an article, he becomes convinced that his brother was murdered by a serial killer. 

Book clubs will improve your own writing skills. Who doesn’t need improvement? If nothing else, maybe it will help with commonly misspelled words. I tend to not correct people. That’s just rude. My opinion of people who delight in correcting others is somewhat low. You know who you are. 

A book club gives you a break amidst the madness of life. Everyone needs a break. My life is definitely mad. It’s filled with work, home (cleaning, yardwork and DIY projects), bill paying and budgets.  With so much going on, I try to make time for socializing. More times than not, those plans fail. Hopefully, once a month will be do-able. 

I’m liking the new programs at Magness Library. They have one called “Blind Date with a Book” that will run through July 14. You’re not allowed to know the name of the book or the author. Only the genre, a very brief description, and the first line of the book. That’s it. Pick one and discover a love for something new. 

If you haven’t checked out Magness Library, its services and its programs, do that. Join the Magness Library Book Club or participate in Blind Date with a Book. 


Standard reporter Lisa Hobbs can be reached at 473-2191.