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Book Club Ideas

Suggestions for Starting a Group and Keeping it Strong


Book clubs don't run themselves. Successful groups select good books, have interesting discussions and foster community. Here are some ideas to keep your book club a fun and interesting place to be.

How to Start a Book Club

Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons by Lorna Landvik
Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons - A Story about Women Who Start a Book Club - Ballantine Books
If you are not a member of a book club yet, but would like to be, you may need some ideas for starting a group. If you are deciding whether to look for a book club that already exists or start your own, check out this step by step article on how to start a book club.

Book Club Reading Recommendations

'The Help' by Kathryn Stockett
The Help by Kathryn Stockett - One of Many Great Possible Selections - Penguin
Choosing a book can be hard, especially when the members of your group have different tastes. Here are lists of good books for book clubs of every type -- from literary to laid back.

Scheduling Ideas

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan - Schedule a Chinese Dinner to Discuss this Book - Random House
Wonder how often your book club should meet and for how long? Should you have food? Who should host? Here are some scheduling ideas to keep the stress off any one member.

How to Lead a Discussion

Bossypants by Tina Fey
How to Discuss 'Bossypants' without Being Bossy - Little, Brown
How do you keep your book club from becoming a social club? You want to discuss the book, but need help getting the conversation going. Here are some tips for leading a discussion about a book.

Share Your Ideas & Learn from Others

If you are a member of a book club, share your ideas. You can also read stories from other book clubs. Book clubs are about community, so sharing and receiving ideas and recommendations is a great way to make your group flourish.
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