Camille Styles

Do These 4 Things to Get Your Book Club Back on Track

February 21st, 2018

Why am I assuming that your book club is, in fact, off track? Because it is. Has been for a while. Let’s face it — you haven’t met in months (and you spent most of the last meeting talking about Oscar screeners.) As millennial women, we’re consistently drawn to the idea of the bookclub without fail. This will be great! I’ll read more challenging material! We’ll talk about real ideas! Yet almost everyone I know is a disgruntled or AWOL member of a literary group that has gone completely off the rails. As a member of a newly hatched book club myself (we’re still talking over names, but “The Most Exclusive Book Club in Austin” is a working title.) I thought it might be a good idea to do a little research on how to keep our club on track before our first meeting (which has been postponed indefinitely, btw. Not joking.) Read on for four simple tips I gathered from women who are actually in functioning book clubs, and get your club back on track fast:

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  1. Ryann Carter says:

    Thank you so much for this! I’m running a failing book club, and while I’ve set a monthly meeting, we haven’t met in a long time! I’ve heard of so many successful ones, hopefully with these tips we can get there too!

  2. Andrea D McAlister says:

    My dirty little secret is I listen to my book club book on Audible at work. I read the book when I am at home, but I can listen while a work and stay on schedule. 🙂

  3. Janet Fazio says:

    We’ve been meeting every month for several years, but lately, very few have actually been reading the book. Love the idea of shorter books and longer periods of time between meeting. Life is so hectic, I hate for reading a book to seem like another “job” I have to do.

  4. Jess says:

    I run a book club that meets every other week, and we alternate between fiction and nonfiction. I actually like meeting more frequently (and keeping the books a bit shorter) because people like spending time with each other and are less likely to flake out. We have tons of meetings where several people haven’t finished the book, but it’s okay! We still have great discussions and a good time.

  5. Wendy says:

    We have a neighborhood bookclub with about 35 wonderful ladies, usually we get anywhere between 8 and 18 girls show up and we meet once a month. We sometimes skip reading a book and meet for activities like Escape Room, Cooking Classes, etc. especially in December when it’s really hectic. Since we all live in the same neighborhood we just walk to each other’s homes and it is very convenient. We also meet on a weeknight, weekends are for family activities but once in a while a host has done a Saturday brunch instead. I think the key is to keep it flexible, there are always enough girls that read the book and recap the story for the rest and sometimes we meet and watch the movie (if there is one) before the bookclub and we can discuss movie plot vs book.

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