A book club is a great way to spend some time with friends, meet new people, and connect over drinks, great food, and books. So many times discussing a book will lead people to open up to each other which can build such strong bonds and deeper levels of friendship. A club is a great excuse to schedule time for ourselves and to get time away from our families. That way when we come back we are refreshed and ready to be our best selves for them.
The first thing to do is find members. An ideal size is between 8 and 10 regular book club members. If you can find three or four friends who are interested ask them to bring a guest to the first meeting. Make sure everyone is on your book club email list.
Second, pick a book. There are many ways to choose a book. New York Times best seller list, Amazon recommendations, and book reviews.
Next, plan the first meeting. If you are starting a book club the first meeting should be at your home. This way you can set the tone of the book club. Are you going to meet in the afternoons or nights? Are you going to do just desserts and coffee or a full course meal? Will you serve alcohol or not? Will the hostess prepare the entire meal or will everyone bring something? Will children be invited or are babysitters needed?
Remember that conversation is important. Make sure you have questions about the book prepared to keep the discussion going with no uncomfortable silences. This is especially important if there are a lot of people who don’t know each other well at the party. Having the questions ready is another way to set the tone so others will know what to do for their party.
At the first meeting decide how often you want to meet. Book clubs usually meet about once a month or once every other month but you can choose whatever works for your schedules.
Before the meeting is over make sure you plan your next meeting and have everyone’s email and phone number. Make sure you send a group email the next day thanking everyone for coming and include the meeting time for the next meeting. Make sure you also send a reminder a few days before the next meeting. Sometimes you can even send a few out over the course of the month like, “I just bought the book and can’t wait to read it!” or “I just finished reading the book and am so excited to hear your thoughts!” That way it’ll keep people interested.
Tell me, do any of you belong to a book club? Do you have any tips for how to start or run a successful book club?