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Anyone Heard of 'Silent Reading'?

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Since retiring i have pushed myself to finding things to do and clubs to join, determined not to sit alone indoors.

My latest venture, tonight actually, is a Silent Reading group. After arrival you have half hour to mingle and chat, one hour of silent reading then another hour to socialise.

I am looking forward to it and wondered if anyone else has heard of it or attended one?

Lynibis
3 weeks ago
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sallylester1

I must say I haven't. Not sure I could stay quite for an hour 😅. I hope you have a lovely time 😊 please let us know how you get on.

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Lynibis

sallylester1 I will. I have a good book on the go so i am sure I can get immersed and stay quiet lol.

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Kitty10

No...just silent reading to myself .works every time. Don't need other people to socialse with about my thoughts

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Lynibis

Kitty10 ok. It's a thing I thought I would try as I said above I need to join as many clubs etc as possible rather than become a sad old lady sitting alone at home, but of course I also read alone too.

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MrsCraig

I've never heard of it before, it sounds interesting. I hope you enjoy yourself. It's always good to try something new.

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jms19

Not heard of this before but think it’s a great idea. Hope you enjoy it

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Pjran

Never heard of this as a group but I suppose it’s an ice breaker asking what everyone’s reading.

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tumblespots

I have never been to one of these but I think it could be nice to talk to someone else about whichever book you are all reading - assuming you are reading the same book?

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Lynibis

tumblespots I am pretty sure you read anything you have on the go, so a bit different to a book club as such. Not sure I would like a book club where you are told what to read as there are so many genres that would not appeal to me and I would see it as a waste of the time I have left!🤣🤣

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tumblespots

Lynibis I get that, I am the same and only want to read certain types of book, mostly psychological thrillers these days but I have favourites that I reread at least once a year too.

I understand about 'the time I have left!' too, there is a wonderful line in one of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotels (No1, I think) when Maggie Smiths character says 'she doesn't even buy green bananas'! 🤣🤣

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Lynibis

tumblespots lol, I don't remember that line but have watched both films, they were charming and a good departure from my normal historical films and series.

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tumblespots

Lynibis It's when she is in the hospital bed talking about getting the hip op, she says 'At my age, I don't plan that far ahead. I don't even buy green bananas'.

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Jerseydrew

Never heard of this. Whatever floats your boat. Not for me.

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JLouM

I’ve heard of book clubs where you discuss what you are reading but not where you actually go to read. Not sure how that would work really but interested how you get on.

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Lynibis

JLouM I think it is like any other club with a shared interest really as it is held in a cafe and you can mingle and make new friends over a common love of books.

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Lynibis

Well in the end I didn't go. I had been fighting a headache all day and went to an afternoon club forgetting it was live music so didn't help with the headache. I then got stuck in traffic jams and road works on way home and my 20 minute journey took 45 minutes and I just could not face rushing out again within the hour. However, I will go to the April one on 30th and come back and update.

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MelissaLee1

Sounds great.Right up my street.I would join one if I had one nearby although I

wouldn't really want a full hour at the close.

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Lynibis

MelissaLee1 I think I misread that, it seems to be 30 minutes each side of the reading but as it's a cafe you may be able to stay a bit longer if they are not eager to close. Have you looked up Silent Reading online? I think it is a big thing in America so there may be more over here.

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MelissaLee1

Lynibis 30 mins aside with optional extra sounds better by far .I read about silent reading a few months ago sadly nothing running up my end yet.

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TheChimp

Is this a wind up?

It's like the alpaca yoga that was on TV this week.

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Lynibis

TheChimp I am in favour of anything that gets people out and mixing, especially if older and alone. I love books and often feel frustrated at not being able to share my enjoyment of a particular author or book. If you're not into reading it may seem strange but is no different to philatelists, bakers, crafters etc. getting together.

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TheChimp

Lynibis I just don't get it. Why don't you just do the silent reading at home and use the hour in the group to drink wine or just have a cup of tea and a piece of Victoria sponge?

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Lynibis

TheChimp ha ha will do that as well but also like to feel part of the human race and who knows, I might meet a toy boy😂😂😂

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TheChimp

Lynibis Ooo! A toy boy?

You wouldn't have any time for silent reading then, would you? 😉

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