- How do I start a book club?
Start by asking anyone you see frequently (friends, family, neighbors, coworkers, etc.) if they’re interested in reading and starting a book club. Odds are, someone will say yes. Once they do, decide on a book to read, give it a good time frame (probably a month), and then schedule a time to meet and discuss. The more you do it, the more people will join. If nobody wants to start a book club with you, join one that already exists at your local library, recreation center, or even online. There are over 100,000 well-established book clubs in the US, so odds are you can find one in your area.
- What should we read in our book club?
That’s a difficult question because it really depends on who is in your club. Do you have mostly older women? Young adults? Couples? Scholars? Housewives? Whoever is in your book club, let them decide what they want to read by providing a few options, and then letting people vote. Or let people pitch ideas and then vote on those ideas. Don’t ever just bring one single book option and tell people they have to read it – that’s how you lose members and your book club goes flop.
- What do I do if everyone in my book club only wants to read chick lit?
This is a common misconception people have about book clubs. While some book clubs do read only popular fiction mostly written for women, that’s not all of them. And if you join a group that reads only this kind of book, why not propose reading something a little different? The worst that can happen is they say “No,” and you either read what everyone votes on or you find a new book club. I recommend looking at what books a group has read in the past before jumping right in – sometimes it’s just not the right fit.
- How do I get my husband to join my book club?
Why not have everyone in your book club invite their spouse one night and see how it goes? Even if your spouse is on the fence about wanting to join, getting everyone together for one night would be a fun, refreshing experience for everyone involved. You can have food and refreshments, and may sneak in a couple of discussions about books you’ve read, what kind of books your spouse wants to read, and maybe even get him or her to pick a book that they’d like to discuss with the club later.
- Is a book club expensive?
While there may be a few book clubs that have “member dues,” especially if you have to rent space to hold the meetings, most book clubs are free. Even the books can be free if you rent them from the local library or borrow them from someone else. You don’t ever have to spend money you’re not comfortable with to join a club – there are plenty of free ones!