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How To Start A Book Club And Your First Ten Titles

Since starting a book club with some friends, I have renewed my love of reading and it feels wonderful!  Actually its more than just the books, it about people coming together to  share their experience and the fascinating different interpretations and understandings. Some of us might love the book and others can’t wait to get it over with. 😉  I am very lucky to have a great bunch of book club friends.  After we discuss the books we branch off into all sorts of chat. I leave inspired, fresh and looking forward to our next meet!large_book-club-title.png

How to start a book club in six easy steps: 

  1. Find one or more friends to join your book club.  If you are new to an area or do not have friends close by, go to your local library or independent book shop and they will put you in touch with local clubs.  You could also recruit some work collegues and meet up at lunch time.
  2. Agree your first book title.
  3. Agree a date, time and venue one month from the day you start your club to meet up.  We take turns going to each others homes.
  4. Read the book – ‘kinda’ obvious I know, but I have been known not to read the book, but go to the club for the social element 😉
  5. Meet and discuss the book; everyone should have at least one comment, question or observation.
  6. Repeat from step two!

Whenever you read a good book, somewhere in the world a door opens to allow in more light.” 
― Vera Nazarian

What books should you read?

Go to the New Your Times Best Sellers , Man Booker Short List or Richard and Judy’s recommendation.

Here is a list of all the books we have read so far.  We take December off and grab a movie and drinks out instead, our Christmas party if you will. (We take the summer off too.)

  • To Kill A Mocking Bird – Harper Lee
  • The Secret Life Of Bees – Sue Monk Kidd
  • My Beautiful Friend – Elena Ferrante
  • In The Unlikely Event – Judy Blume
  • This Must Be The Place – Maggie Farrell
  • Girl On A Train  – Paula Hawkins
  • The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
  • The Miniaturist – Jesse Burton
  • Spinning Heart – Donal Ryan
  • Spool of Blue Thread – Anne Tyler

What to serve?

It’s nice to offer your guests some savoury bites and sweets treats.  A glass of wine or proseco goes down well too.  I served up a cured meat and cheese board  the last time I hosted book club, it can be put together in advance and easy for everyone to help themselves.

When you learn to read you will be born again…and you will never be quite so alone again.” – Rumer Goddess

I’d love to hear what you are reading right now and any recommendations you might have! Please leave a comment below. Connect with The Simple Owl on social media where I will share a new book every month.

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