Filipino Friday 4: Books and Friends

''Are you a part of a book club? If yes, what made you join one? What’s your favorite activity that you have with them? If you’re not a part of one, will you consider joining one? Why or why not?''
Before creating this blog, I was already part of an online book club. It's cool to reach out to somebody who also share the same passion of reading. Even if I can only do it online, it's still a favorable choice than having no one to talk to about my recent adventures with a novel. Online book clubs come with each member's whim, style, and preferences as hosted by specific server or platform. There's the Sci Fi Group (my favorite group of them all), Flips Flipping Pages, and A to Z Reading Challenge Group at Shelfari. There's The Filipino Group at Goodreads (where my status is supra delinquent) and recently, Read Philippines.

99% of the time I lurk and sometimes I share and discuss. Sometimes, I'm a big nuisance to all. For my past memberships, I miss those no-holds barred discussions and impromptu exchanges and recommendations between members regardless of educational background, career, or nationality. I also miss the endless debate between members that became very amusing in the end. Having a book club opens up your eyes to new worlds that you've never been and also you learn something priceless from other people. Though I've never joined a face-to-face discussion, it's a worthwhile experience even to learn online a tip or two from someone who is an experienced and accomplished reader.

If you've never been a member of a book club, I suggest you try joining one and enjoy the full experience while it last. People may come and go but you'll find your book stash endlessly expanding; you will spend time and resources (I'm talking from a plain reader's perspective here, no monkey business involved) and end up needing for more. But the point here is, you are able to live at the moment. And probably help another lonely and helpless reader too. Like this lurker below.

Online discussion is enough bro. Because I bite!


  1. Hello, narj! I'll check out that sci-fi online group at Shelfari. The discussions must be really interesting!

    1. Hi Peter! The members there are long-time sci fi readers spanning generations from vintage to classic up to the cyberpunk era. Most of them are authors. Happy hunting!


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