Book clubs are wonderful ways to delve even deeper into fascinating stories and create strong bonds with other literature lovers. If you’re looking to start your own book club, use this as a guideline and start your monthly meetings off with a bang.
If you wanted to learn how to host your own book club, you will need a few tips and tricks that I have found to help you along the path to preparation. Book clubs are fun, great ways to share your love of reading and inspirational to lead you to your next chosen good read.
Let’s lavishly live life out loud and take a peek at how to hose your own book club, so you can begin sharing your fabulous reading finds with others that share the passion for a good read!
How To Host Your Own Book Club
Before you begin you will need to find members, choose your book of the month, prepare some light eats, provide a rule for the group to follow, and make sure to keep your dates flexible so that members can participate. Here’s a little more detail on each of the tips to help you along.
Talk to friends and family you think might be interested in getting away once a month to discuss some amazing literature. You’ll need a group of at least five to ensure the conversation remains flowing.
If you need to find a larger group of people, consider using a meetup website where like-minded folks can find each other and form groups. Post your listing for a book club (or you may find one that’s already thriving in your city) and reach out. What better way to meet new people and make new friends than using the words of some of the world’s best writers?
Choosing Your Book of the Month
There are so many ways you can choose the book for your club. Here’s an easy way to make sure everyone’s interests are reflected and explored: at the first meeting, spend a few minutes having each attendee write a list of books they are interested in reading.
Put these suggestions together into a list and map out the next few months to make it easy on everyone and give all your members a heads up on the books they’ll need to purchase.
Some Light Eats
If you’re planning on serving food at your book club, focus on light fare that can easily be held while walking around and mingling, or finger foods that can be munched on with no effort during the book discussion. Easy to prepare snacks like frozen appetizers from Trader Joe’s and a couple of bottles of wine can easily do the trick.
You can also order something unusual like chocolate covered strawberries. For some of us, hosting in our home might mean a lot more work than we were anticipating.
If this is the case, consider hosting your book club at a different restaurant or bar each meeting. This way, your attendees can order what they want, and the stress of preparing your home for guests is done away with.
You’ll want to choose a venue that’s quiet enough for discussion, but bustling enough that you won’t bother any other patrons. Try and theme the restaurant to the book you’re discussing.
A Parisian love story? Head to a local, quaint café with outdoor seating. This adds an entirely new element to the story. If you do decide to use a restaurant, make sure you call ahead and get a reservation.
Enforce a No Technology Rule
It’s easy to get distracted by our phones lighting up and silly notifications, so as a group, discuss a no technology rule. Have everyone commit to keeping their phones on silent and kept away in their bags to ensure the conversation flows without outside interruption.
You can even throw your smartphones into a basket at the beginning of the meeting to help attendees fight temptation, but some may find the idea of handing over their cell phone a bit too intrusive, so tread lightly with this idea.
Most book clubs set a common date each month and plan to meet then, but this system doesn’t work in our favor as life events and stresses get in the way. Instead of using a rigid schedule, find a way to be more flexible with your meetup dates to ensure the majority of your members can make it.
Use a site like Cozi that offers calendars that all can see. You’ll get the best turnout at your book club each month.
Just because you’re hosting the book club doesn’t mean you have to also serve as the discussion leader. Each meeting, elect a different discussion host to help facilitate discussion, with questions prepared by group members or found online (some books have them in the back, which makes it easy on all of us).
You can ask for volunteers or draw names from a hat to choose the next discussion leader for the next meeting. This way each person will have one session where they have to do their homework and prepare a bit beforehand, splitting the work between the group.
Plan your very own book club and create a social and education outlet that will enrich your life more than you might have ever imagined.
Food keeps it interesting, flexible dates keeps everyone coming, and of course, working just with books rather than allowing technology to interfere is always a plus. Dust those book covers off from the great reads, and lavishly live life out loud as you now know how to host your own book club!