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Why I Decided To Start A Book Club

Updated: May 15

When life was already busy enough, I decided to start my own book club, because nothing says sexy like a book club, right?

I love books. For me, feeling the risen ink as I slide my fingers across the pages of an old book is up there with sex. However enjoying something and actually finding the time to do it don't always go hand in hand. I'll let you decide if I'm still talking about reading.

This predicament is predominately what led to the creation of Gennavieve's Book Club, a free to join Facebook group offering a new reading and group discussion each month. Plus a little inspiration and library porn along the way.

In true Gennavieve style, I decided to add this to my plate at a time when my plate was already quite full. This wasn't any ordinary plate either, picture one of those big, fancy restaurant plates that come out looking like they misplaced majority of your meal. Except my plate was full. Very full.

So why did I do it? Why did I start a venture that would produce no income and take up more time I didn't have?


Let's break it down real simple:

I didn't have time to read, at least that was the story I was telling myself. It made no difference if I hit my reading targets or not.

What I was missing was accountability. Clearly I wasn't holding myself accountable, so I turned to the public for support.

What you focus on expands, so if I'm focusing on starting a book club with the goal of reading a new book each month, which I then need to recap for others, guess what I'm finding time to do! Sex! No, wait. Read!

The result? The books are read each month, I'm happier for turning something that was previously an 'if I get time' task into a 'high priority' one and my awesome fellow bookworms are along for the ride, offering suggestions and experiences along the way.

Moral of the story - If you are struggling with a task or project, restructure it from a 'want' to a 'need'. You'll be surprised at what vanishes from your plate to make room.

If you want to read more, or already find the time but could use some recommendations and conversation to enhance your reading experience, join us!

Tell me your favourite book in the comments and let's see how many I've read!

Yours in balance,


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