How to Start a Book Club

Are you going to see The Hunger Games this week?

My book club just finished the series. 

Needless to say, we loved it.

As I mentioned here I am in a book club.  I have been asked several times how I got involved in this book club and the answer is simple, I started it. If you are interested in being a part of a book club, I highly recommend it.  You can make new friends and you'll read all kinds of books you may never have read. 

Here are some ideas to help you start a  book club :

  • You don't need a lot of people! 
    • Invite a couple of your friends who like to read and have them invite a couple of their friends.  Voila!  You have 6-8 people!

  • Meet at someones home on a weekend night
    • Restaurants are too loud and even if you are having a great time you probably don't want to occupy some poor servers table for five hours. 
    • Drinking wine eating out is expensive.
    • Everyone will have more fun it they can relax.

  • Take turns hosting

  • The hostess cooks dinner everyone else brings wine 

  • Duh, have wine!

  • Try to meet about once a month
    • Decide who is going to host the next book club and the date before you leave.

  • Children are never allowed at Book Club
    • Nursing babies are the only exception.  Breast pumps ALWAYS welcome.

  • Let the hostess pick the book
    • My book club has arrived at this through trial and error.  Let me save you all the trouble!  It is so much easier to allow one person to choose the book.  However, this can be difficult before you really know people.  So you could...
      • Bring some information about three different books to book club and vote for the next selection.
      • Email three or so different selections and get every one's input.
      • Google popular book club books and agree to read the first 5
      • You can figure it out!  You love to read.  You can't be that dumb.

  • Read the book
    • Maybe this isn't important to you but it is to me.  If I've made an effort to read a book I didn't want to read and then I go to book club and someone else only read the first chapter and decided it wasn't for them I am going to be pissed {I'm crazy like that}.
      • There are rare exceptions to this.  Everyone has busy/difficult times and sometimes you just can't read or finish the book.  Do your best.

  • Don't invite new people to book club without asking the original members
    • Can you say drama!  I can.  I've been through it.  Once you've been meeting for awhile ask the other members of your group before you invite any one.

~ My Book Club ~
(unfortunately this picture is missing Heather)

~ Here are some of our favorite books ~
(in no particular order)

Book cover


Are you in a book club?  Have I missed anything?

What is your favorite book?
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