There is a ton of support available online for both new and established book clubs, so if you’re not sure where to start or you feel like your book club is stuck in a bit of a rut, take a look at these great resources to get—and keep—things moving.
The key to enjoying a great book club is to have a plan—this isn’t the time to wing it! If you’ve picked the right people and the right books, a book club can enjoy a long and successful run. Start with a good template and your book club’s foundation will be strong. This checklist is helpful. So is this one.
And here are our tried and true tips for planning a successful meeting
Deciding what to read for book club can be tricky but there are lots of resources to help make that choice. Go beyond bestsellers list if you want to be sure your book pick will meet the criteria needed to foster a robust discussion. Reading Group Choices has helped book clubs pick their next great read for 25 years; Goodreads has shelves, community lists and discussion pages dedicated to choosing great book club titles and we suggest a book to read every month.
Sometimes, by the second printing, books may have a bonus discussion or reading guide built in to them. But if you are reading a book that doesn’t come with discussion cues, it’s not difficult to make up your own before your book club meets. Check out sites like Book Browse or Reading Group Guides for lots of great reading guides, or take a look at our recommended discussion starters to keep the meeting flow smooth.
Show your book club pride or celebrate significant meeting milestones with gear from great online shops like Out of Print and Etsy or plan an extra special get-together with bookish décor and themed menus.
Don’t overlook simple apps and sites for keeping your book club organized and connected. Book Club by Book Movement is a one-stop shop for planning, picking books and connecting with other members. Bookclubz is a very pretty and user-friendly place to create, archive, plan, discuss and even host meetings online. And don’t dismiss Facebook or Slack for a familiar place to organize your group.
Need a great read for your next book club pick? Check out these titles—with links to additional info and reading guides—that will give you plenty to talk about.