‘We should read to give our souls a chance to luxuriate.’
– Henry Miller
Books are incredibly powerful. No matter our age, whether we’re six years old or entering our twilight years, we can’t help but be drawn to their transformative and transportive effects. No other form of storytelling is quite the same. Books can be absorbed over hours, days and weeks; they consume us as much as we consume them, and alter our mood and thoughts with more efficiency than any prescribed medication.
We at BASScare are great lovers of books and know how therapeutic and beneficial they can be. We have an extensive range at our Canterbury Centre Library for you to peruse in your own time, and you can even join our Book Club to discuss the finer points of literature.
Books open us to new horizons and different viewpoints. The great thing about a book club is that we are exposed to books we may never have pulled down off the shelf ourselves. Often, this is how we find some of our most cherished and thought-provoking reads. Talking about and discussing books with others leads to discoveries, characters and places we otherwise would never have encountered.
A book club is like any club; it’s a great way to socialise and meet people. The BASScare book club meets [when does it meet?] and you’ll find people there who enjoy similar things – reading and discussing books! These clubs are useful tools in the fight against loneliness and isolation, and can be a soothing balm in an age where everything seems to be done online.
We all know books aren’t just about entertainment – they can teach us a lot about the world around us. Book clubs can be places in which we learn things about history through to current events, all in a safe, informal environment. No grades, no judgment. Also, discussing ideas and events sparks our memories into action and can help us better retain information.
Books clubs are places of opinion. We all have our own ideas and thoughts on books, and the group environment of the book club requires us to talk, listen, discuss and disagree without resorting to emotional arguments. We have to be respectful and tactful. For those nervous about speaking in front of groups (who isn’t?), the informal nature of book clubs is a great opportunity to overcome these fears.
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