7.20.2015

5 Tips for Hosting the Perfect Book Club

Are you a book lover? If you spent any time with me, it probably wouldn't take you long to realize that I LOVE to read. Give me a good book and I am the happiest girl in the world. 

That being said, I'm also a big fan of book clubs. It's such a great opportunity to read a good book and then have an excuse to get together with girlfriends to drink wine, eat snacks, and geek out!

Book Club

In my opinion, there are some key ingredients to hosting the perfect book club. 

1. A solid group of friends. Be sure your book club is a group of gals that you know! Of course it's always fun to invite new people, but the group should know each other well enough to feel comfortable voicing their opinion about the book! This will keep the discussion going.

2. A book (obviously). Now, let's just be real. Book clubs won't always read GREAT books, but that is part of the fun. If you hate it, it gives you something to whine about over wine at your monthly meeting! However, try to choose versatile books! Stalk Goodreads for recommendations ahead of time! Here's a fun game for choosing a book: the host wraps a few books in wrapping paper and the gal that brings the best snack or beverage of the night gets to choose from among those books! That will be the book the group will read over the next month! If you don't own the books, feel free to have them draw a piece of paper out of a hat!

3. SNACKS & drinks. Book clubs couldn't sustain themselves if there weren't copious amounts of food and drink. Suggest each member of the book club bring a snack or beverage to contribute! Brownie points for bringing cheese. Or is that just me? Jump on pinterest and try something new!

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4. Decide ahead of time what the format of the meeting will be. Do you want to answer specific questions or just have an open-ended discussion? Talk with your group ahead of time so that you can be prepared to accommodate the style they prefer!

5. Suggest people still come even if they didn't finish the book. If you're anything like me, reading isn't my favorite part of the book club. It's the lady time and discussion. Even if someone didn't read the book, they should still come be a part of the fun!

What might you add? Are you part of a book club?

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32 comments :

  1. I think my favorite part of book club is bitching about the books I don't like!

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  2. HAHAHA totally. I also really like when there are conflicting opinions on the book because sometimes I change my mind about certain parts of the book based on that discussion.

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  3. Such great tips! I was in a book club and hated the books being chosen and wasn't super good friends with most of the girls so I finally stopped going. I've don't online clubs before too, but it's just totally missing the social aspect. I'd love to find or start a club with a couple other friends who I know love reading the same kinds of books as I do!! Gotta get on that

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  4. This sounds like so much fun! I would totally attend your book club. I mean snacks, girl talk, and great discussions, I would read for that!

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  5. If only we lived closer! I would even read JP ;)

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  6. Hahaha you're funny. Sometimes the group is a BIG motivation for me to read!

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  7. Yeah, it can be hard if you're not into the books and don't know the people really well. We are all so busy so it's a good time for us all to get together, and if we ended up hating the book we all just end up socializing hahaha

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  8. Yes, well I was usually the only one who hated the books (that's why I quit!!). But this fall, I want to start a club with a couple good friends. Anyone could come, but I think the 3 of us have similar tastes in books and it would just be a fun thing. Another goal of mine! :)

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  9. Christine, your comment had me dying laughing!! HA! There are a few books that the girls that I have book club with disagree with me on and the author just totally makes my blood boil with how she screwed this one up and they love getting me going because they say its funny i get so crazy about it...lol. Cassie, I do the same thing about changing my opinion ... sometimes...lol.

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  10. Oh see, I knew there was a reason I liked you! Ha! Book clubs are THE best! I wish we lived closer so we could do one together. :) You know what would be cool....a blogger book club and we could google hangout to discuss!! :)

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  11. How can we make this happen?

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  12. Might be a while until I can! I'm already committed to one and I'm barely able to get that book read in time sometimes hahaha fail

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  13. "Brownie points for bringing cheese" <-- 100 times yes!

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  14. I would love to find a book club to join or even start one! Your snacks look delicious!

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  15. I love Between the Lines, but it doesn't have that in person interaction with it. I would love to find or start a book club for that reason. Figuring out the books is fun too! But I think the face to face interaction would be even better.

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  16. Ooooh what fun! This speaks volumes to my bookworm heart. I'm not a part of a book club but I can see how it would be so fun :)

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  17. I've always wanted to be a part of a book club! Drinking wine, eating and chatting with friends sounds like a blast. I wonder how to find one here :-p

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  18. It would be so fun to do over Google Hangout or something! I have a hard time participating in more than one book club, it's been so hard for me to keep up with between the lines too because I order books from the library and sometimes they're on hold forever :(

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  19. You totally should! I'd love a blogger google hangout book club once my current book club is over or slows down!

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  20. Ooooh you definitely should! I love mine!

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  21. Start one with some ladies from church! That would be fun!

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  22. I've always wanted to find a book club to join. Haven't been able to yet!

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  23. I need to join a book club asap! The joy of discovering new books and discussing the story with other book lovers. Oh what fun. And snacks. Oh snacks. I would probably be the girl bringing in cheese, Pâté , crackers or a bubbly. Cheers!

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  24. With snacks like that, you're always invited to my book club! haha

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  25. That cheese assortment is amazing. When I lived in LA, a group of girls I didn't know very well invited me to their "Book Club" - I wasn't really interested in reading new books at the time but also really wanted to meet new people after having just moved to a new place so I went. And to my surprise, I learned that Book Club was really Wine & Cheese Club... I don't think we ever did read any books haha!

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  26. Hahahah doesn't sound all bad to me!

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