Book Club Introduction
I set a goal to read a lot of books this year. Last year I read 30 and I would like to see if I can surpass that by 5-10 books. So far for the year, I've read 20 and I am a little behind if I want to meet a goal of reading 35 or 40. I'm confident I can catch up though, as reading is one of my favorite hobbies and things to do to pass the time, and as the weather changes and I spend more time inside, I'm sure I'll be reading more.
The books I read vary in topic from thriller/ mystery, to 'self-help,' religion, and wellness. Occasionally I will even pick up a science fiction one if my husband wants me to read it.
When I was in naturopathic medical school I envisioned that one day I would have a library in my practice where I would loan out books to patients on various health topics - diets, health conditions, self-help, and even physiology books. But, as I left practice, I realized that this was not going to be an option and thought that a book club on healthy topics might be another great way to share my love of reading and health and wellness.
I haven't decided how it will all look yet, and please, if you have ideas on what you would like to see, reach out to me on the contact page. I have considered…
- Weekly short check-ins on chapters read
- Self-paced weekly guided questions/journaling after reading assigned chapters (but really, who ‘likes’ assignments?)
- Chapters are broken up by week to meet once at the end of the month to discuss the book as a whole
- Weekly blog posts with a summary of key parts that I pulled from the reading – this is my least favorite, because I don’t get to hear from you and what you did or did not like about the reading
Goals for Book Club
- Build a community of health-minded individuals who can connect with and support each other
- Foster discussion around health-related topics so that you can gain tools for your journey to wellness
- Be able to digest information in a way that we can decide 1) if it applies to our lives and 2) if we want to apply it
Criteria for Selecting a Book
I know there are a lot of great books out there on health and wellness. And there are a lot of really, really bad ones. I want to be able to have good discussions about the topics while considering what research says and how it can be applied to our lives. Here are some of the factors I am considering when picking a book
- Reputable author – not necessarily a Ph.D. or MD, but someone who is a leader in their chosen field
- Shorter – Ideally less than 300ish pages. If we are going to read the book in a month I don’t want you to have to read more than 10 pages a day
- Cost – Something that can be checked out from a library or purchased used, or new for a lower price. We probably won’t be doing a lot of ‘new’ hot releases for this reason
So, since this is a new idea it might take a few months/ books to get it all sorted out. We might discover that we hate the book that was selected Or that even 10 pages are too much to read and a book every other month or every quarter is a better option. Or that no one wants to meet virtually to discuss the book. Or that a book a quarter is more of the pace that everyone wants to be on right now.
It is all an experiment.
I am here to help you on your journey.
I am passionate about reading and sharing health information and I hope that you’ll join me on this adventure.
The first book we are going to read is Resilient: How to Grow an Unshakeable Core of Calm, Strength, and Happiness.