Pick the perfect book
Deciding what your book club will read next can be tough – especially when you’re trying to please everyone. Here are a few ideas to make selecting a book that’ll appeal to the whole gang a whole lot easier:
The Four Seasons: Consider the time of year when choosing your next book and make your selections seasonal. Light, airy reads are great for summertime at the beach; mysteries and ghost stories are perfect for October; and there’s no better month than February to curl up with a romance novel.
Go Hollywood: Consider selecting a book that will be hitting theatres soon. Once you’ve read it, arrange a book club outing to see the movie – comparing your thoughts on the adaptation makes for a great book club meeting.
Be Democratic: Rather than trying to decide as a group, rotate the responsibility between members. Every month, someone can select a book, or better yet, they can bring in two suggestions and let the rest of the group vote for their choice. Now that’s democracy!
Go Homegrown: Find out what writers come from the town you live in and select one of their books. You can even hold your meeting at one of the locations in the story if it’s set in town, or at one of the author’s old haunts.
Take it on the road: Are there commuters in your group? Help them pass the time – and get their “reading” in – by selecting a book you know is available as an audio book.
Above all, try to be sensitive to the members of your group. Don’t choose a novel you know would be upsetting to them, or one that is difficult to find. Selecting books everyone is happy to crack open will only make for livelier, more fun book club meetings. Happy reading!