There’s a lot of smartie pants in the DC area, so it’s fair to reason that there are a lot of book clubs. Finding the right book club, however, might take more than one try. My advice: don’t give up! It’s like a good therapist–it’s got to be the right fit or you’re not going to want to go and it’s not going to be a good experience.
I went to a book club a couple years ago that met at a restaurant. The members were not very friendly to me UNTIL I mentioned that I had driven from Virginia (the meeting was in Maryland). Turns out two people lived sort of near me and took the Metro to the meeting, so they asked if I could give them a ride. So after this terrible book club meeting I had to drive to two separate houses to drop off these two rude strangers. Obviously, I never went back. But with that said, there’s plenty of great book clubs and it’s a potentially great way to meet new friends. Here’s some places to look for groups:
- Reader’s Circle is a national website. You just type in your zip code and it comes up with loads of DC area groups. I emailed one group awhile back and never heard back, but hopefully that’s not a common occurrence.
- I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I love Meetup.com, which has a separate section just for book clubs. I found a book club on here once and it was going pretty well but then I think the group disbanded. Either that or they just stopped inviting me.
- l’Alliance Française de Washington is a French cultural center and it has a European Book Club that discusses European literature in English. It costs $5 to attend but–get this–the next meeting is sold out! How does a book club sell out? It actually makes me want to go to a future meeting so that I can see what all the fuss is about. If I do go, I’ll report back.
- Most book stores have book clubs. The iconic store Politics and Prose, for example, had loads of different book groups, but so do chains like Barnes & Noble.