Reading is a relaxing and rewarding hobby, transporting you to different times and places all over the world with rich and interesting stories. Sharing this hobby with like-minded people and friends around you can make the experience even more rewarding. Here are a few quick tips on how to start your own book club.
Find a Good Location to Meet
Depending on where most of the potential members of your book club live, you’ll need to find somewhere to meet up when it comes time to discuss and talk about the book you’ve read and choose the next one. Libraries are a good option, as are members’ living rooms if they’re big enough or the book club isn’t too big. Common rooms and common areas in retirement communities are also a good option. You want somewhere comfortable, well-lit, and big enough for the group to be comfortable when they meet.
Send Out Your Invites
Once you’ve found a venue, decide on the date and time of the first meeting, arrange it with the venue if you need to, and then send out the invites. At this stage, you don’t even need to have selected a first book to read but having a theme might help. For example, you might send out invites and say that the book genre for the next book will be classic literature, with the intention of the group choosing a renowned volume like the hilarious Catch 22 by Joseph Heller.
Use Your Local Library
The local library is a great resource for book clubs. Many libraries, particularly those with connected branches can be quite accommodating to book clubs by getting extra copies for loan if a book is selected by the members for reading. If the book club members are all living in one of the local retirement communities in CT, they may even be willing to drop off some copies and collect them afterward.
Think About Formats
These days, no matter your age, it’s not all about a physically printed book. We enjoy books in many different formats, like on a digital e-ink display reader, in audiobook format, and in different printed formats like large text. When choosing books to feature in your book club, try and find options that have all these options available to choose from. It might mean that niche or special interest books might not be available, but your book club members will thank the group for considering their format of choice for reading.
Food brings people together and snacks and a book club go together hand in hand. Unless the venue doesn’t allow it, consider having a fund donated to by members to provide snacks to each meeting of the book club. You can even theme these snacks based on the book if it’s from a particular region or part of the world that boasts distinct snacks.
Most important of all, don’t make it complicated. You’re there to enjoy reading, books and each other’s thoughts and opinions on what you’re reading. Make sure that is what takes centre stage in your book club.