Book clubs are a great way to get together with friends. You may want to start a book club for the social aspect, or you may be looking for a deep and meaningful conversation about your favorite books. Regardless of the reason, a book club is a great way to enjoy the hobby of reading with friends and peers.
Build Your Guest List
The first step in starting your own book club is to compile your guest list. Go through your contacts or use online resources to find like-minded individuals to join your book club. You may consider using apps like Meetup to find people who are interested in joining your book club. Using email is a great way to invite your guests.
Determine the Genre of Focus
Once you have determined who and how you are going to invite your guests, you will need to settle on a theme for the group. There are many different areas to consider. It can be a mystery book club or a romance novel book club. The topic options are plentiful. Decide what genres you want to focus on to provide the group with a sense of direction.
Set Your Group Meeting Time
Next, you will need to find the time that works best for the majority of the group members. You may have to take a number of different schedules into consideration when coming up with a time. Certain people may not be available until after work or on the weekends. You will also need to determine on what day of the week you will meet.
Determine How Frequently You Will Meet
After you have set a time and weekday that work you will have to decide how frequently you are going to meet as a group. Depending on the group, a variety of different meeting frequencies could work too. It is important to all be reading at the same pace for your discussions.
Be certain of the expectations for meeting frequency, and how much you will read before each meeting are set. Some groups may read a chapter each week and meet weekly to discuss. Others may prefer to read the whole book over the course of a month and then get together and talk about it. Find what works best for your group.
Set Your Location
Next, you must pick a meeting spot that will work for the group. Some groups might choose to meet at a coffee shop or library. Other groups have each member take a turn hosting.
Host Your First Meeting
Lastly, it is time to host your first meeting. You can use the first meeting to get acquainted and pick your first book. You can also select the first book prior to the meeting, whatever works for your group. Again, it is important to make sure the expectations are set so everyone is on the same page.
Book clubs are a great way to get together with friends and peers! Anyone who is an avid reader might enjoy starting their own book club. Sharing different ideas and opinions can enrich the reading experience.