Readers in a cafe window.

Introverts UNITE With New Silent Book Clubs!

Do your friends not understand your hours of silence? Are they then confused by hysterical laughing or crying when you’re reading? Well, then you need new friends.


And here is a cool new way to get one: a trend called Silent Book Clubs (SBC). SBCs are a way for members to gather in a space, and silently read whatever book they want for however long they want.


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They don’t have to follow a structured schedule and don’t have to read a particular book. You could show up halfway through Everybody Poops and no one would blink an eye. People join because they can discuss the books they love without the agenda of a typical book club.


This phenomenon started in 2012 by Guinevere de la Mare, author of the book “I’d Rather Be Reading.” SBC were started because de la Mare was having trouble getting reading done in her house since she became a mom.


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“With an infant or a toddler, to be able to sit in your house and read a book, it’s a luxury and a privilege you just don’t get,” she says in an interview with LitHub. “I needed to grant myself time on the calendar to give myself permission to do nothing but read.”


Her founding principle was the desire to read in a group without having the obligation of reading to a certain chapter or page. She wanted the freedom to choose her own books while still being able to discuss them as a group. The ability to discuss books before and after the clubs meet is what ultimately separates them from the solitude of a library.


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She started the club with friends in San Francisco meeting in cafes. When she moved to Brooklyn, the SBC went bi-coastal. They were encouraging others to try the idea on their own and eventually sprouted into the now 40 chapters of SBCs.


“What’s great about the chapters themselves is that every one is unique to its community, its location, and its host,” de la Mare says to LitHub. “Because it’s entirely run by volunteers, every host has a say about what Silent Book Club looks like to them.”

Now you can find chapters all over the states. There is one in Des Moines, Iowa, one in Madison, Wisconsin, and even some overseas in the UK. Don’t see one near you? Open your own chapter!


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