Do you want a strong and energetic book club? Here are some tips for
1. Invite people who love to read.
2. Know your book!!! Make sure you
know the content of the entire book. You know your group and don't
want offend anybody. If you read the book
10 years ago you may want to review it again. If you are
like me, your standards are higher now and maybe
you've forgotten about some of the unclean content.
3. Set a specific time each month.
Example--2nd Tuesday of every month at 7pm.
4. Limit the number of participants.
book group is stronger with an intimate group (6-10 people). A small
group will promote easy
conversation, unity, and make the host's job less
stressful. If interest is high, it is easy to build more than
group. If you have more than one, you can gather annually for a
book club party!
5. Set requirements for the group.
Example--Members are required to read at least ten books (out of twelve) and
attend at least ten meeting
each year. I don't keep track of this, but
send out requirements once a year. Because we limit the
number of participants, these rules are a must. Without them
the discussion weakens.
6. Decide on logistics.
is set up as follows: Each host is assigned a month. We rotate in
alphabetical order. The host
chooses and introduces her book at the
meeting prior to month of hosting. A host holds the meeting in
home. Other than nursing babies, family members usually scatter.
We have had a tradition of
eating! Many times a host will make themed
food-stuff. For instance, when we read Elder Busche's
(German conversion story) book the host made streusel. We have also eaten English,
and Italian cuisine.
7. Invite guest speakers.
On occasion, we have invited, via phone or in person, book authors to the
8. Set up a Yahoo Group.
the best and easiest way to keep connected. Hosts can send out info
such as discussion
questions or book selections reminders. It's free
Here is the link to set up a yahoo
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