If you've been unable to find an interesting book group to join, why not create your own? Starting a book group in your home can be a fun and inspiring experience. With just a few simple preparations, you can enjoy exciting discussions with people who share your enthusiasm for reading.
- The first step in starting a book group is to decide what sort of books your club will read. Since it's your group, go with a genre that you're really interested in. Then, take the time to search for an entertaining book for the first meeting. A lively book discussion is the most effective way to entice people to join your book group. If you want to involve your members in the decision, conduct a vote on the next title to read. An intriguing list of reading will keep your book group members coming back for more.
- The next step in starting a book group is to advertise your first meeting. One idea is to place an ad in the newsletter of your church or another organization that you belong to. Include the first title to read, the time and date of the meeting, along with your phone number or email. Add an R.S.V.P. to your announcement in order to give your address to those who are interested in attending. Try inviting some co-workers to your book group via personal email. Perhaps some people in your neighborhood would like to attend. Consider inviting anyone who would add interest and fun to the gathering.
- Once all of the R.S.V.P.'s are in, it's time to prepare for the night of your meeting. If you go out of your way to make your guests feel welcome in your home, they're more likely to want to join your fledgling book group. Start by offering a wide array of appealing refreshments including fruit, snack foods, coffee, soda, and maybe even some slices of pie or cake. Arrange your living room furniture in a circle, so that every member can easily be seen and heard. Also, a touch of soft background music can help to stir the thoughts and discussion of a particularly quiet group.
- After each book group meeting, send a thank you note to all of your attendees. Make it a point to compliment each person on a remark or observation they made. This is a great way to let your members know that they are appreciated and add value to your book group.