I will be the first to admit that I watch a lot of TV. Not as much as I used to Pre Elle but more than the average viewer. I will also admit that I do not dare to believe I read enough. Back in middle school I was on the top of the accelerated reader list (anyone remember that?) But since high school I go through bouts of reading a lot, reading a little, or not reading at all. Until… my grandma and sister came up with the great idea to start a book club and we have been reading and meeting ever since. I feel like when people hear that they have the same thoughts I had. Well how do you meet with someone being long distance? How often do you meet? Where do you meet? So I thought it would be cool to share our book club experience in hopes of anyone else wanting to start a book club or just be motivated to read more.
We take turns picking books.
We go through a rotation of picking books and all take a turn not only picking the book but leading the meetings. If it is your book then you lead the meeting and provide the questions. Every now and then whoever is in charge will ask that everyone come to the meeting with a question but it is not required. There are usually around 4 to 5 questions but the amount entirely depends on how long you are meeting for.
We share books.
Instead of everyone buying their own book someone will buy or download a free version and share. Through Kindle and Nook we are able to get the books on several devices which makes it easier by only having to pay for it once. When we are lucky we can download a PDF of the book and it’s free! By searching online for the title plus .pdf at the end you would be surprised at the books that are online for free.
We meet once a week.
Most book clubs will read the entire book and then meet to discuss but we actually meet once a week. We will often read about 3 to 4 chapters just depending on the length of the chapters and then discuss within those chapters. We love doing it this way because it is fun to come together to discuss what happened so far, make predictions, and it also allows us to read at a pace that doesn’t seem overwhelming while having a lot of other things going on like work or school. We also meet over the phone by way of three way calling. So sometimes we end up meeting in our pajamas, sometimes we meet over snacks, and sometimes we meet whilst drinking wine.
We don’t always read the most current books.
There are times where we read books that are really popular but there are times that we also read books that none of us may have heard of. Those sometimes are the best books. We like reading something that we may not have otherwise chosen because it was not on the New York Times Bestsellers list. By doing this it also opens the door to great authors that may not get enough recognition.
We usually read at least one book a year that becomes a movie.
This option is definitely not mandatory and it happens to usually be my book (we know I love a movie) but it is actually pretty neat. Not only do we get to read and enjoy the book together but then we get to watch the movie and enjoy that also, while making comparisons and seeing the book come to life. One of my books Big Little Lies is now a series on HBO and I love watching it weekly to see the characters become what we envisioned while reading the book. Occasionally we get lucky and are able to watch the movie at the same time so we can talk about it right after.
We do it for fun.
More than anything we enjoy reading and love being able to meet but we know things come up. If we don’t meet one week because work was rough, no problem. We are all understanding of the fact that life is life and each other’s sanity takes precedence. That is another reason why meeting once a week and only reading a little at a time is helpful. We don’t have to rush through a book in a month when we have other things that may come first.
Book Movement is a really great website that is built towards book clubs and not only gives you different options but allows you to create an account that can schedule meetings.
Goodreads is a great website to find books and learn a little bit more about them, get suggestions, and keep track of your progress and books read.
Hope these tips will have you starting a book club of your own soon or at least urging you to pick up a book instead of the remote. As if I am one to talk…