Have you ever thought about joining a book club? I have been thinking about it for years as I am an avid reader. But I wasn’t really sure what it was all about and how you go about getting in a club. Turns out I had to start one myself, and I am so glad I did.
I first went to my local library to see if there was any information or postings there. There wasn’t, so I spoke with a librarian who informed me that it is really tricky to find a book club—you have to be invited to join. My mother in law has been in one for years that started with her University program. I am not as intellectual as she, so I had no University group to look up. What I did have however, was a large group of moms that I knew, from school, play dates etc., so I started there.
I emailed a large number of them to see if anyone would be interested in joining a book club. I got back a huge response. Once I actually whittled it down to the people who would commit, about 12 of us, we chose a date and our first book.
At our first meeting we set the parameters for the group based on everyone’s suggestions. We meet four times a year, everyone takes turn at hosting and also at mediating. The mediating is really easy, all you have to do is either take the questions from the back of the book, or simply Google the book as most authors post questions for book clubs.
At the first meeting I asked that everyone bring a few suggestions as to what books they would like to read as a group. Then we voted by writing out top picks on a piece of paper and having a blind vote. We established who wanted to host the consecutive meetings, and who would mediate as someone does have to keep track of this information and email it out everyone once in awhile.
We have been together as a group for almost two years now and I really love it. We have really had some fun evenings with a theme for decoration and food that is inspired by the book. My friend Nancy, turned her house into a circus for “Water for Elephants’ we had candy apples, popcorn etc… I hosted “The Red Tent” and hung scarves, burned candles and we ate pomegranate’s and olives and of course plenty of wine (that seems to be a theme as well at our book clubs). We have also incorporated a few books that have a movie coming out, after we have discussed the book we see the movie as well. Its great to hear everyone opinion on a book, I am always surprised when people don’t love a book that I do, but I enjoy hearing their g reasons why.
So if you have ever wanted to join a book club simply start one. I have attached a few of our top books that we have enjoyed discussing. Have fun and enjoy reading.
The Red Tent
Water for Elephants
Three Cups of Tea
The Secret Life of Bees
Book Of Negroes