How to Have a Successful Book Club

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Who are YOU to tell me how to have successful book club Cupcakes? 

Listen bitch, my book club has had this shit on lock down for 5 years now. It may even be 6 years, I’m losing track. A long ass time nonetheless! We’ve seen other book clubs come and go but we remain strong. /flex

1. Probably the most important suggestion, form a club with people you know and LIKE. It’s not enough to join a club with other people based on the fact that you all enjoy books. Personality clashes happen. Our club met because we all volunteered at the same animal sanctuary together and one of the girls said, “Hey anyone interested in starting a book club?” To which we all replied, HELL YES.

2. Meet monthly. A lot people respond to this with bulging eyes. “EVERY month?!” they cry. I’ve talked to people who their clubs only meet every 6 months. First of all, I feel like the love of books isn’t really there if you can only get to one book in 6 months time and then people still miss the meeting.

3. Rotate who picks the books. Each month someone different hosts book club. Meaning that they select 4 books and email them out for voting. They then determine what day/time works best for everyone and choose somewhere to meet for dinner, drinks or a potluck at their house.

4. Relax and enjoy. If someone can’t make it, no biggie. If someone didn’t get a chance to read the book, no biggie. When you start making strict rules, people bail. No one likes being treated as a pariah just because something came up and they can’t contribute like they usually do.

Our book club is light and fun. We all love reading and encourage each other to go outside our comfort zones and try books in different genres on a variety of topics. We meet once monthly and essentially just have a night out with the girls in which we talk about the book for 5-15 minutes. (Length of discussion always depends on the book and how many people read it.) I think it’s that easy going nature that has kept us 5 years strong. There is no evidence of us slowing down anytime soon.

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13 thoughts on “How to Have a Successful Book Club

    1. My bestie and I have been doing that for years so it was fun to get more people in on it. Her and I are both into fantasy and sci-fi so book club gets us both to read more non-fiction and mystery which has been fun. (Most of the time lol.) Nothing wrong with a two person book club though!

  1. We utilize the last three in our family book club. It doesn’t matter to us if the kids don’t like us this month, they are participating. 🙂

  2. I was in a book club for six years but I dropped out several years ago (just couldnt fit it into my schedule) and they are still going strong. Our policy was to rotate who chose the book each month (no voting) and we met on the last Sunday of every month, at a restaurant of that month’s book selector’s choice. So every six or seven months you get to pick the book and the restaurant!

    1. It really does make it so much more fun to make it a night out (or in) with friends. I am glad that there is voting though because sometimes I really don’t want to read a book or two that someone selects lol.

  3. I’d love the idea of a book club with people i know / like and live locally… 😀 I think i pretty much reduced to pool to my 2 friends. Now just need to convince them read something…

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