Whether you’re looking for like-minded literature lovers to discuss the latest bestseller, or simply want to chat over a glass of wine, book clubs are the perfect way to get together with friends and discover new books. Let Monsoon helps you out!
1. Find a great group of people
The ideal size of a book club is between eight and 16 members – this way, there’ll be enough people there if not everyone can make the meet-ups, but not too many to make discussions unwieldy!
2. Decide what sort of books you want to read
Get together with your book club members and think about what you want to read. Wherever you decide to start, remember that it’s worth mixing things up to keep your book club interesting.
3. Set the tone for your book club
How do you want to spend your time together? There’s no right answer here but it’s important to make sure that your members are on the same page!
4. Schedule in book club dates
Next, decide how often you want to meet. Set the schedule and stick to it and make sure that meet-up dates are in everyone’s calendars a few weeks in advance.
5. Pick a book club-friendly venue
Just remember to find a place that a) has enough space for your entire group, b) is convenient for everyone and c) is relatively free of distractions.
6. Get organised
It’s a good idea to appoint someone to get things moving. This person might be responsible for organizing upcoming meetings, sending out reminder texts or e-mails, and shortlisting new books for everyone.
7. Meet up – and discuss!
Gathering questions or discussion points from book club members and online resources.
Writing questions on cards and asking each member to pick out of a hat to answer and then discuss with the rest of the group.
Picking out specific passages from the book and asking members to comment.