In 2012, we had no idea that this lark of an idea would spark a global movement. The concept was simple: gather with fellow book lovers, enjoy the company of others without the pressure of conversation, and lose yourself in the pages of a good book. Today Silent Book Club has grown into a worldwide phenomenon, with more than 500 chapters in 50 countries across 6 continents.
Some chapters meet monthly, while others meet weekly. But regardless of the setting, frequency, or format (in person! online! both!), the core purpose of Silent Book Club remains the same: to provide a space for people to come together and enjoy the simple pleasure of reading.
Over the years, Silent Book Club has hosted a wide range of events and programs. From virtual author talks during the pandemic to reading retreats, book-to-movie screenings, book playlists, indie bookstore crawls, SBC swag and "blind date with a book" nights, Silent Book Club is always embracing new ways to celebrate the joy of reading.
But at its heart, Silent Book Club is about more than just reading. It's about creating a sense of community and belonging. It's about providing a space where people can feel comfortable being themselves, without the need for pretense or small talk.
To our volunteer organizers who host Silent Book Club in their hometowns, we extend our heartfelt gratitude. Your dedication and generosity have made Silent Book Club the global success it is today. (Also, Mandy’s viral video helped…)
To the book lovers who have read with us over the years, and the folks who just found us last week, THANK YOU! As a small token of our appreciation, we're offering 15% off at the Silent Book Shop with discount code SBC500 now through December 15.
As we celebrate the milestone of passing 500 chapters, we look forward to continuing to grow and connect with book lovers around the world. So grab your favorite book, find a Silent Book Club near you, and join us in celebrating the power of reading to bring people together.
Guinevere & Laura