This Is the Year Your Book Club Thrives (& This Little Book Can Help!) by Kirstin Ahearn

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6 years ago

This Is the Year Your Book Club Thrives (& This Little Book Can Help!)

The idea of joining or starting a book club always sounds warm and idyllic, but creating one that thrives is no easy task. Clubs need to decide on members, pick books, have great meetings and discussions, keep everyone motivated – no wonder the failure rate is high! To help book lovers out, authors Suzanne Colley and Kathleen Marsan decided to share some advice from their decades-old book club by writing “Beyond the Book: How to Start or Jumpstart a Book Club.” This guidebook can be used by adults, teens and even children with adult guidance, and includes lots of specifics, real-life success stories and planning worksheets. Some key take-aways:

  • Set rules and expectations (and stick to them).
  • Insist each member recommends multiple books to add to the reading list (include some classics).
  • Meet at a member’s home, or at a tea or coffeehouse, library or town park.
  • Prepare meeting themes, possibly with costumes or special menus.
  • Consider road trips to a place connected to the book (such as a zoo or winery).
  • Be respectful of different opinions.
  • Don’t let a “conversation hog” take over!

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Kirstin Ahearn
This book really is packed with inspirational advice to create a book club that endures! I'm motivated!
Morgan Hawthorne
I have been in a book club for about a year and a half now and it has been so very AMAZING for me. These women have been my support through some very tough times. We talk about social things more than the book some meetings, but that's just because we are now such great friends! I would recommend one to ANYONE!
Kirstin Ahearn
Great to hear! Friendships are one of the best results of a strong book club - nothing better! If you ever think things are getting a little "stale," this book has wonderful (and do-able) suggestions. Worth a look!
Brittany Ballew
I know that such clubs exist in many US cities. The main task is communication of people on literary topics. I know that many people use such meetings to promote their product. I was recently in Torino and saw people who gather such clubs to talk about religious topics. I think it's wrong. Each person has his own opinion and religion is the personal topic of each person. We must beware of such events. Such book clubs can be dangerous. You should use only verified places and communicate only with trusted people. It is connected with acts of terrorism and sects. We do not know the thoughts of the people and the truth of their intentions.

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