Are you a lover of books? Whether you have stacks of books on your coffee table or never leave the house without an electronic reader, book clubs are a great way to share the joy of reading with fellow book lovers, discover unknown authors and genuinely enjoy new and old friendships. Take advantage of the awesome deals offered by Groupon coupons and select from the huge assortment of totes available from Old Navy and keep your collection of favorite books and authors close at hand. Totes are also a handy way to carry your great discoveries from your local library. This is a great way to reference your favorites and share with members of a book club.
How do you start a book club? It’s really quite simple. Make a list of a dozen like-minded readers, select a book, select a date and open your home to your first book club evening. Book clubs can be organized any number of ways. Generally the hosts are rotated each month with members volunteering their homes and providing snacks and beverages for guests. Members make suggestions for books each month. Keep a running list of titles that the club has enjoyed for future reference. Encourage members to recommend a variety y of genres. One month could be dedicated to historical fiction; another moth could be reserved for biographies or reader’s choice or local authors.
Often book club evenings begin with an approximately an hour of social time followed with an ‘around the room’ thumbs up or thumbs down on the reader’s opinion of the story, characters and overall quality of the month’s selection. Respect everyone opinion. Member’s reactions to books will be based on their own life experiences and reading history. You’ll gain insight and differing perspectives on each book and author. If you are able to enjoy selections from local authors, invite them to present and read from their book at one of your book club gatherings. Emerging authors are generally eager to engage with their readers. Best of luck to you and your fellow readers in developing a book club that will bring years of reading pleasure and wonderful friendships.