by First Mate Keira, guest blogger

Love books? Have friends that love them too or want to find new book-loving friends? Start a book club! Here are ten tips to ensure your book club gets off the ground and is a lot of fun!

  1. Pick Good Books. You should suggest books for your book club that are either award winning, highly recommended, or well known favorites. This guarantees most of your members will like the book.
  2. Figure out the type of your book club. Are you mother-daughter pairs, a bunch of friends from the same school year, or mostly total strangers when you start?
  3. Meet monthly. If you pick books out weekly there are too many things that could get in the way of finishing the book. Life is busy between after school activities, homework, chores, and family time. Make it as easy as possible on your members to read the book in time for the meeting.
  4. Meet in a comfortable location. Be sure to have enough chairs and space for your club. You can meet at a house, a library, in a park, or book store. Wherever you pick, make sure your book club members are comfortable and feel free to talk.
  5. Make a flyer. Your club should have a flyer describing when and where you meet, what book is being read, and what to expect. Place this where kids can access it whether it’s at your school library or a public library.
  6. Come up with discussion questions. A book club doesn’t have to revolve around really hard questions. Ask some fun ones like your favorite moment, invention, pet, or saying, etc. Have your members bring their own questions!
  7. Create a game inspired by the book. If you create a game out of the book and have prizes your reading club is going to be having a blast!
  8. Snacks! Book clubs are best with snacks. Have each member sign up monthly to bring something. If you have more than 12 people, assign two or more to each month to divvy up costs. Or better still hold a club potluck every time! Food and books, what more could you want?
  9. Create a club scrapbook. Take pictures each month of the book club meeting and put them in a memory album. Share it with members at the end of the year for a trip through memory lane!
  10. Have different people lead the club. This way there are more people in the leader spot and everybody has a chance to call the shots. Everyone will then appreciate the leaders and nobody will be moody because they didn’t get a say in things.

Keira runs a book review blog for readers by readers on romance novels entitled Love Romance Passion. She’s been reading romance since she was in her teens and began blogging about romance so she could share her passion for her favorite genre. She loves reading paranormal, Regency, historical America, and highlander most of all and completely adores blind and wounded heroes.