WE’VE ALL BEEN IN THAT BOOK GROUP. You know. Where members used to show up to discuss the book, but now come full-to-the-brim with details of their sister’s divorce, or their boss’s bankruptcy, or their kid’s awful new soccer coach. Not that I’m one to throw stones! I love an off-topic discussion as much as (if not more than) the next person.
- O MAGAZINE’S 14 Ways Not to Kill Your Book Club includes, as Strategy Number 12, “Book Club Is Not Group Therapy”—my favorite of the Big 14.
- Kansas City Library has put together The Facilitator’s Handy List of Ground Rules, which includes hints for “Keeping the group on the topic of the book.”
- Then there’s The FRISKY’s article, that starts, “There are book clubs and then there are book clubs.” It delivers 5 Rules for a Book Club That Actually Reads.
Looking for some book suggestions for your club?
And if all this chummy club-talk makes you long for a reading group of your own, you can start—or find—a book club near you. Just visit Reader’s Circle and enter your zip code in their database. Then, voila! Connect with your book-loving cohort and read on!