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Picking a Book Group

Points to think about when choosing book groups for enjoyment.

Being involved in a reading club can be enjoyable and very rewarding for contributors. Lots of people like to join in order to keep up with new literary works, and diverse genres. Others like stimulating the mind by reading new materials, and being with friends.  Book group questions provide a high probability for getting another point of view from the reading, and may bring new light to books. Whatever the reason you want to join reading clubs, it is wise to consider a few of the things mentioned below, to make your experience a rewarding one.

Commitment. Do you have enough time to spend on the meetings or discussion group? A book club depends on its members to attend when they are supposed to. If you cannot dedicate the time, or cannot fit it into your schedule, then do not sign up. Many book group members take the conferences very seriously, and it is not something that you attend only when you feel like it. If there are members missing on a regular basis, it makes extra work for members, and others may not take it seriously as well.

Leadership. Does the club have a moderator or leader? An experienced moderator is crucial in a book club. First to make sure that one man or woman does not monopolize the total discussion, but also to make decisions on book selections, if the club is at a standstill.

Booklist. Are the reading selections of interest to you? If there is not a pre-chosen list of publications to read, will you have input as to what publications are to be read and discussed? Does the club require more reading than you can deal with with your routine? Are the publications provided to club members, or will you be purchasing a copy of the book?  Does the leader make access to the books easy by registering the group.  Keeping an online reading list can be very helpful to all members.

Location And Time. Where does the book club meet? Some discussion clubs meet in libraries, and copies of publications are loaned to the members. Other groups meet at bookstores, churches, and some in the members’ homes. Will you be likely to host a discussion at your home, or make treats for the group, and will the time conflict with another personal responsibility?

Extra Time. Will the book club require additional non-meeting activities, such as concerns to be answered about the reading material? Are presentations involved in any way? Will you be required to share the moderator’s duties such as informing absent members of the discussion, or time and location changes of long term conferences? These additional activities require more time, and if you agree to presume the responsibilities, it is critical to have enough time in your schedule to carry them through.

Number Of Members. In some occasions, it may well be said “the more, the merrier”, however in a book club, that is not always true. Each individual in the club should have a chance to voice their opinion, and add to the discussion if desired. If there are thirty or forty members, the group would need to meet for six hours to facilitate this. Smaller groups are superior, for more intimate discussions, if moderation is done effectively.

Member List. It might seem trivial, but if you recognize who has participating in the group previously, take a glance. If there is someone listed that will make your experience devastating, probabilities are that you will not attend, and you may need to look for a different group. The chemistry of human beingalities in a club really can dictate whether it is a good or bad experience in some cases. There are plenty of different groups and locations to seek a book discussion club that you will feel at ease attending.

Last Notes on Selecting Reading Groups

Attending a book group should be a pleasurable, stimulating, and cozy learning experience, and one in which members don’t feel compelled, stifled, or demeaned. If you do some research on a variety of book discussion groups, and you have enough time to commit to the group, it can be a very fun, relaxing, and satisfying experience for everyone involved.

If you want more information, this site book club discussion questions will help.

A terrific book for book club leaders is The Ultimate Book Club Organizer.  It’s been very helpful to me.

Enjoy your book club!

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Welcome to Book Club Questions

This is the place to find tips for creating book club discussion questions.

Book group questions are often a pain for group leaders.  Even veteran leaders of reading clubs struggle because they want every club discussion to be fresh and active for members. If you have found the questions in your meetings are  repetitious or trite it’s time to come up a a new plan for your book club questions.

Ask Questions from the Author’s Point of View

They want to know if the characters are believable.  Did they come to life?  Did they develop over the time of the story?  What about the setting?  Could you picture it from the descriptions given by the author?

Search the web for more tips

You can get more information about book club books by exploring the web.  Many sites are helpful to book club leaders.  Look for one where you can register your book group and get lots of suggestions.

Create reading club questions to enlighten and activate your members.  The discussion questions suggested here will bring back the excitement that you felt when you started your reading group.

Since we are all book lovers, sometimes a printed book is just what is needed. I recommend The Book Club Companion: A Comprehensive Guide.  This is one of my favorites!

Enjoy your book club!