My last post was about why I love my book club. Since people have asked us about how to set up/run/host a book club, know that there are many options to create a club that works for you. Some groups are very organized and intense, and some (like ours) are a bit less formal in pre-planning and execution.
Here are some ideas to think about, when setting up your own group:
- Consider inviting varied members who are willing to research the book, develop questions and will be involved in the discussions.
- Mix up the genres of books you read.
- How will you make your book selections? My next post will explore this topic, since there are so many resources.
- Choose where/when you will meet. Our group meets at someone’s house at night; others go to a coffee shop, out for lunch, or meet at a local bookstore or library.
- Possibly have some set times, such as 30-60 minutes for catch up, then giving a specific time for the book discussion to start. We started doing this, and this structure helps our meetings run smoother when some people come who have not read the book.
- Decide who you will have a discussion leader for each meeting who will do research on the author bio, background on subject matter, pose pointed discussion questions. Will it be the current host? Hire someone?
- Pair up the book with a movie or tv show. For example, we have read and seen the movies: Chocolat, Wuthering Heights, The Help and A Man Called Ove(the latter two were seen in the theater).
- Decide if you will record a member rating for each book.
- Mix it up! At our December meeting, we choose an easy book with a holiday theme, wear Christmas sweaters, and do a white elephant.
- Enjoy reading and each other!
Now, gather some people, then start reading. And talking.