Five Ideas to Help You Start a Book Club in Your Area

Do you love reading, but hate having no one to share great books with? Why not start a book club? You may be thinking, “That sounds like a lot of work!,” but really it isn’t. Here are five ideas to help you get started with minimal effort.

  1. Ask your friends. 

It’s easiest to start with the people who are most like you, right? So ask all your best friends and see if they’d be interested in a book club meeting once a month. You can talk about the details, but maybe suggest one book that you know everyone will be interested in to start, and then vote on the next book after that first meeting. Maybe people will want to do it more frequently, depending on your reading speeds.


  1. Ask your neighbors.

Since you live so close, it’s easy to set up a time and place every 2 weeks or every month to get together for a book club. Just knock on your neighbor’s doors (hopefully you’ve met them before) and ask if they’d like to start a book club. The best part about this idea is that you all come from somewhat different backgrounds and have different tastes, so you can expand your horizons.

  1. Start one at work.

For some of us, we’re at work more than we’re at home. Why not combine business and pleasure (during appropriate break time)? You can ask your closest coworkers if they’d be interested in meeting during lunch break or just after work at a close restaurant to have a book club. Encourage people to read books during their breaks, and you can discuss much more in between sessions since you see each other every work day! You may get more enjoy out of job this way, and you’ll definitely see an improvement in your interactions with your coworkers.

  1. Church or other organizations. 

Do you go to church, or are you a PTA member? If you’re part of a community like this, you can always introduce the idea of a book club. The best part about this idea is that people are already like-minded, and love community interaction. This could be a great way to expand your circle of friends, and build a stronger support system around yourself. You’d be surprised how many people sign up just because they want to meet more people.


  1. Ask your library. 

Sometimes, all you have to do is ask. Your local library may have been considering starting a book club, but they don’t have enough people showing interest. So ask them. Even if they weren’t considering it, ask if you could start a book club (that they could advertise for). You can pick the first book, see who shows up, and then vote on the next book. This will gain traction over time, as more people sign up through the library. Odds are the library will run it, so you don’t have to.