How To Start Your Own Book Club

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As a reader and book lover, you may have thought of inviting some friends over to enjoy a day of reading and relaxing. What could be better than a few good books, pleasant company and hours spent discussing your favourite stories and authors? On the other hand, you may have been busy and feel guilty about neglecting your reading. Why not join a book club or better yet, start your own? Here are some tips that may come in handy.

Books and genres

Decide on what type of books to read you want to introduce. Will you focus on heavy, literary novels and authors such as Tolstoy or do you prefer light beach reads instead? Perhaps you could have a mixture of these. If you want to keep up with mainstream literature and bestsellers, do some web searches or glance through magazines to come up with the best non fiction books to read. Popular genres include science fiction, historical, romance, mystery and fantasy. For heavier reads pick up non-fiction, biographies, poetry and classics. Share your choices with your reading group to make sure they approve as well.

Members and size

Not sure whom to invite? Start out with a few close friends who are bookworms. After a couple of meetings, ask them to invite a few interested friends to join. The size of your book club will increase gradually. The smaller and more intimate the group is, the better, though a larger group can provide more input as well. Another point is to make sure your circle shares the same taste in books and have similar reading styles. This will allow you to come up with the most interesting books to read which you will all enjoy. Many will grow bored and drop out if they don’t like your picks, so make sure you draw in people who share your tastes.

Where to meet and when

Once you’ve chosen your members, you’ll need to fix a place to meet, as well as a convenient time. Try to settle on a specific date and time when everyone will be free. A few places you could conduct your meetings include at yours or a member’s home or at libraries, cafes and restaurants. Most book clubs meet once a month but this really depends on the length of time members will take to finish a book. Once you’ve started your book club, keep in touch by sending regular reminders on meetings. You can eventually come up with a name for your club as well!

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