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  • Writer's pictureVoraka Magazine


Updated: Jul 16, 2023

Book clubs are a great way to share your love of reading with others and engage in lively discussions about books. Starting a book club can seem daunting, but with these 5 tips and tricks, you can create a successful book club that will bring people together and fosters a love of literature.

Define the purpose of your book club

Before you start your book club, it's important to define its purpose. Are you looking to meet new people and make friends who share your love of reading? Are you interested in discussing specific themes or genres? Are you hoping to read books that challenge you or expand your horizons? Once you have a clear understanding of what you want your book club to achieve, you can use this as a guide when selecting books and planning discussions.

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Choose your members wisely

One of the most important aspects of starting a book club is choosing the right members. Look for people who share your love of reading, but also those who have diverse perspectives and interests. A variety of backgrounds and opinions will lead to more engaging discussions. Consider creating a membership application or questionnaire to help identify potential members who share your goals for the book club.

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Determine your meeting schedule and format

Decide on a regular meeting schedule that works for everyone in the group. Most book clubs meet once a month, but you may find that a bi-weekly or quarterly schedule works better for your group. Also, decide on the format of your meetings. Will you meet in person or virtually? Will you have snacks or drinks? Will you have a set agenda or allow for more free-form discussions? Having a consistent format for each meeting will help members feel more comfortable and engaged.

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Select your first book and future selections

Selecting the first book is crucial for setting the tone of your book club. Consider selecting a book that is widely read, but also fits the purpose and goals of your book club. You may also want to choose a book that sparks conversation and debate. Once you've selected your first book, have members suggest books for future meetings. You can create a list of potential books and vote on the next selection at each meeting.

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Foster engaging discussions

The heart of any book club is the discussion. Encourage members to come prepared with questions, comments, and insights about the book. You may want to assign different members to lead the discussion each month or have a rotating moderator. To keep the discussion engaging, consider using icebreakers or discussion prompts to kick off the conversation. Also, be open to different opinions and perspectives, and encourage respectful dialogue and debate.

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Starting a book club can be a fun and rewarding experience. By defining your purpose, choosing your members wisely, determining your meeting schedule and format, selecting engaging books, and fostering lively discussions, you can create a book club that will bring people together and fosters a love of literature.


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