I’m seeing more and more book clubs popping up. Many take place online, but it’s fun to discuss a book in person. Having a face-to-face discussion allows you to really express your feelings about a particular book. And when a good discussion gets going, it can be exhilarating!
Here are some tips and guidelines to help you start your own book club right here in Campbell.
Ask your friends or members of other organizations you belong to if they are interested. The or might know others who want to form a club.
Large or small? Larger clubs can be difficult to organize, but a variety of perspectives can create lively discussions. Smaller clubs allow each member to contribute more in-depth analysis.
Write up rules that you can present and open for discussion at your first meeting. These can include where, when and how long you’ll meet. A coffee shop or someone’s home works well. Hold a meeting at least once a month. Most clubs meet for one to one and a half hours.
The group should have a facilitator. If you aren’t comfortable with that role, ask for a volunteer.
Designate someone to email meeting reminders to members. If you’re meeting at members’ homes, you can rotate houses and everyone can take turns bringing a simple snack or beverage.
Members can suggest which book to read, and then vote. Make sure to choose books that are easily available. The bestseller list is a good source, as well as the library’s “what to read” page.
To get the discussion going, email questions to members before the meeting. Many books include discussion questions. Everyone can also bring their own questions. The questions should generate answers other than “yes” or “no.” Don’t necessarily rein in sidetracked discussions. Those are often the most interesting! The facilitator should make sure each member has a chance to comment.
Organization, rules, etc., help, but the main thing to remember is why you’re there—to share your love of books.
Happy reading…and discussing!