As someone who has lived in three cities in the last four years, I value a good book club.
It’s like this: you show up in a new town, ready and willing to make new friends–but where to find them? I’ve had a few manufactured friendships; someone I know happens to know someone in the place I’m moving to. The key to conjuring a friendship out of thin air is to have an activity act as a buffer, bonus points if it’s a group activity. Church groups and bar trivia teams have provided me with plenty of acquaintances.
The best results have come from book clubs. It makes sense; friends generally have common interests. At book club, we are generally all into reading, food, and wine. In every book club I’ve been a part of, that’s been about all that we had in common.
I love it! The variety of tastes and differences in personality are so exciting. One person is into Austen, one into mystery/thrillers, and I’m the nerd reading Jurassic Park again. I never thought I’d like the ultra-feminine classics, but my book club has convinced me.
Today, I’m headed into Tokyo with my dad and my baby to explore some more. We’ll write more soon!