Whether you are new to the weird capital of Texas or you’re a home brewed Austinite, getting to know new people can always be a challenge. There are only so many people you can meet in bars and laundromats. The ante needs to be upped. Where are all the charming, intelligent people, you ask? Well, I have the answer.
Book clubs! What better place to meet like-minded people in the city and what’s more, you can dust out the old bookshelves, stretch out in the cool shade and pick up the invaluable habit of reading all over again. All this requires is a little investment of your time.
Here are a few book clubs around Austin that meet regularly:
- Beer and Cookies is a relatively large group of 487 readers who meet regularly to read all genres of books. They have read books like Malcolm Gladwell‘s Outliers: The Story to Success, The Elephant Vanishes : Stories by Haruki Murakami, a Japanese writer and Drown by Junot Diaz, writer of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. View a complete list of their upcoming meetings and books here.
- Food and Politics Book Club is a smaller group of about 65 members and as their name suggests, they read authors who focus on food and the political issues of our time. For more information about their next meeting and other details, click here.
- The Jane Austen-ish Book Club is a group of about 93 Austen fans who read her work as well as related authors from the period and following it. The last meeting was a discussion of Austen’s Northanger Abbey and was attended by 12 members. For more information, click here.
I love reading Jane Austen novels. I want to join a group that loves to discuss and have fun at the same time.
Pat Scherbing, member of The Jane Austen-ish Book Club.
Reading and meeting people are both fun and beneficial activities that will cost you nothing. In fact, reading is said to improve your health in several studies. Most of the books read in book clubs are available for free or a minimal charge at the Austin Public Library. You can browse through their online catalog to narrow your search when you go to check out a book.
To browse for book clubs to suit your particular interests, check out the Austin Public Library’s suggestions.
If you are still too shy to approach a club, realize that you may just meet a kindred soul at one of these. Take a cue and some inspiration from the film, The Jane Austen Book Club.
Post by Simrat Sharma