Love to read but feel like you have a hard time picking up a book these days let alone finishing one? Joining a book club can help you reconnect with your love for the written word all the while connecting with others that share your passion for print.
Essentially a book club is a group of people that get together to discuss the same book. Generally a book club will meet at the end of the month to discuss the book in question. This gives you one month to obtain a copy of the book and read it. The book club may be hosted at different member’s homes each month or you may choose to meet at a certain venue, such as a library or coffee shop. There are no real rules about what you discuss, who gets to choose the book and so forth, but you can make it as formal or informal as you’d like. Some book clubs will have set questions to answer or topics to discuss while others will allow you to snowball.
What to Expect from a Book Club
The tone of the book club will depend on a number of things including the people in it, the type of books you chose and the structure. You may find that discussing the book comes second to drinking wine and making jokes or you may find that you would prefer a club that gets down to business, highlighting the various themes, tones, characters and metaphors in the book.
You may go around in a circle and have a chance to tell what you liked and disliked about the book. When reading the book, keep a pen or highlighter handy just in case anything pops up that intrigues you or that you don’t understand (provided the book is not borrowed from the library!).
Most book club meetings will be an hour or so long and usually the host will supply snacks such as nibbles and wine or coffee. However, again, there is no right or wrong way to organize a book club. You may have a book club pool where every person contributes $20 per month towards food and drinks, or you may choose to meet at a restaurant and discuss the book over dinner.
How to Get Involved
- Finding book clubs in your area can be a little tricky as they are not always advertised. Try Meet Up, an online community that advertises different meetings in your area. You will be able to get the names of a few different clubs in your area and hopefully find one that is the right fit.
- There are online book clubs as well which may help you reconnect with your love for books. Check out Our Book Club or The Big Book Club to get started.
- Another option is to start your own book club. All you really need is a few other friends that enjoy reading and would be able to get away from the house once a month to discuss the book. If you have two other friends that are keen, then you are halfway there.