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Four ways to a better book club
A book club is a great way to get to know someone and actually integrate some free readings into your itinerary. "It can be difficult to create and maintain a book club between choosing a period that works for everyone's insane timetables and choosing those titles that everyone actually wants (and has enough time) to have.
When you have problems getting your book club going or looking for new ways to keep your present group going, think beyond the old fashioned rule. We' ve added four new spin's to the book club to help you organise them all.
To keep the book club firmly anchored in a particular category (historical fairy tales, chicks' literature) or theme (politics, religious, ecology) seems a good way to bring together a group of individuals with similar interests and to supply them with appealing work. Your members will crave the xth book on the same topic or with the same feeling, and perhaps even - the book club kisses of doom - take a pause from studying the text.
One of my favourite ways to relieve this tiredness is to turn through each member who picks a book he or she wants to or she. It was the first time I saw this in my book club in DC, where we were reading the ecological mix: Does that mean you have to be reading YA, even though you swore you would never?
Well yes, but keep in mind that the different types of book selected by different individuals with different taste keeps your book club cool and thrilling - not to speak of opening your mind to subjects and writers you may never have thought of. And, of course, in a months to come you will be able to see exactly what you want.
Well, I don't quite knock on the old-school idea of meeting in the homes of different members, but let's be honest: this means that the guest must prepare a dinner (or at least a cup of tea and dessert), and - oh yes - have a lounge that can take a group. For the meetings to be more enjoyable (and for those of us who have four flatmates downstairs ), choose a new place to stay or a new place to be anytime.
Unfettering the inner foody add another funny touch to the group, and you can even adapt the meal to the history (book kit in Spain tapas!). Check it out the pub at the point you are planning to go and make sure it is calm enough that you are able to have a conversation; make a booking so you don't have to await a tab; and make sure the pub has a varieties of prize points, so nobody believes they can't join in because of the costs.
Old schooling was based on having a fixed date - the second Tuesday or the third Thursday of each months - at a certain point in the year. Rigidity about date and hour can keep members from starting a book when they have a working week ahead of them (which can depress voter turnout before they even start read!
I have found the best way is to schedule a meeting schedule (i.e. once a month), but use an on-line schedule like the Meeting Assistant to check the attendance of all participants a few week in advance. Traditional book chapters at the end of a book or on the publisher's website can help to get the interview going, but they can also make you feeling a little academical.
Instead of for example beginning the Gone Gal debate with a book reader (old-school) or dipping directly into the (polarizing) end, you could use the piece "Gone Girl:The Thinkingwoman's50 Shades? "Another great ploy for the book "Jeder" seems to be reading: Look for the book on Twitter.
Because book societies have been around for ages, that doesn't mean we have to host them in the same way. Now read!