There are many good reasons to join a book club. It is an opportunity to get together with friends once a month. You might learn new, interesting thing about your friends as you are discussing the books and you might learn some new things about yourself. You will find that you will enjoy the books more as you discuss them with friends. And being in a club will encourage you to read more. Also when you are a member of a book club you often read books that you normally would not choose for yourself. Last summer my book club read Bel Canto, by Ann Patchett. This novel has been on the book club shelves forever and has been extremely popular. I never had the desire to read this book. Reading the back cover I read as far as “It is a perfect evening -until a band of gun-wielding terrorists takes the entire party hostage”. I thought no, no, no, this is not the book for me. I do not want to read about terrorists. When one of the members of my club chose the book I thought, well this is okay, it is a popular book club selection so I should read it. I have to say I am so glad that I read the book. It was a story of two different groups of people, upper class people from all over the world, most of them did not speak the same language, and then there were the terrorists many of them young kids coming from very poor situations. This was a novel about the bonds and friendship that grew with these upper class people and the terrorists. As they lived together for many months they grew to like and care about each other. Many hoped the situation might last forever. It was a great book to read and we had one of our best books discussions. I do have to admit the only reason I read the book was because I am a member of a book club.