Book It is a feature on The Candid Cover that discusses books and ideas for book clubs and parties.
Book clubs are the best way to celebrate books and get together with fellow book lovers. What better way to combine books and friends in a fun and social setting? While it may seem like a simple way to connect, there are a few things to consider and plan to make your book club a rocking success!
- Decide on your members.
The people that you choose for your club should be ones that are truly interested in reading and discussing books. You can solicit friends, family members, co-workers and friends of friends. If you are still looking for members, your library may be a place to post a flyer and seek out some new faces.
- Choose the venue.
There are so many places that book clubs can take place. Your group can meet at one person’s home or it can rotate to everyone’s house. Some other interesting locations can include restaurants, coffee shops or bookstores. Your group can even choose locations based on the themes of your book selections. If choosing a more contemporary location, it is best to check it out beforehand to ensure that it will be a spot conducive to conversation with minimal distractions.
- How often to meet.
Depending on schedules and how long it takes everyone to read the books, your group will need to decide whether to meet once a month or even every 6 weeks. A good rule of thumb is to choose a common day and time that fits best for everyone and try to stick to this schedule. For instance the first Friday evening of every month, as most people in the group are free at that time. It is also an easy way to remember when the next meeting is if it is always at the same time.
- Picking the books.
This is probably the most difficult task when forming a book club. In my experience, it is best to have the host choose the book. When choosing a book, it is imperative that the book is one that has been read and enjoyed by the host and will appeal to the group. As time goes on, you will get a feeling for which types of books your group will enjoy. There are also many lists to browse online if you need a little help with your choice.
- The Format.
Just like choosing your venue, the format of your club can be simple or more complex. Your group may decide to have an informal chat or be more discussion oriented. There are many discussion guides online that are available that can make the discussion process easier. Your group can also bring a few questions each to the meeting to generate even more discussion.
What are your experiences with book clubs?