How to Start Your Own Reading Group or Book Club
1 Step One:
Create A Book Club Community of friends, family, co-workers, colleagues, and others in which to share a love for literature and for the written word. This community of people can be created by meeting people in person, the internet, your local library, neighbors, or your family members. By doing this, you are enabling others to become a part of your interest group. Within the group consists of others who also love reading books and discussing this.
If you're having trouble creating a community of fellow readers, go online and do research. You can also start slowly and attempt to gain others through the word of mouth. There are also plenty of book clubs already established in which you can be a part of. If you can't create your own, just join another. Through this experience, you may be able to ascertain what works and what doesn't in a group setting. Use good judgement of what sort of members you would like to have in your group as well as the type of literature your group would read.
You can use many sites such as Facebook, Goodreads, Twitter, and others to meet and greet with people online. You don't have to know the people in person. Discuss online or via video chat. Your options are endless!
2 Step Two:
Host Discussions with members of your community. You can do this by creating a chatroom, blog, forum, etc. Just gather your friends and family to the specified place and just have conversations about books and literature. It's that simple. Get everyone excited about the written word!
3 Step Three:
Make Connections with those in your community. Become friends by sharing interests and experiences. It takes one little nudge from you to get a dialogue going. Swap stories and fears and goals. It's just like making real friends. Sometimes this is the most important job in creating a club or group of any kind. Get in touch! Make new friends!
4 Step Four:
Take Initiative to get things in order. Create a schedule of events or something for everyone to check in with. Send out emails and remind your friends that you're still there and you're interested in creating this group or club. Try to get them excited and remind them when you can of how much fun it will be. Don't be afraid to take initiative with the intention to make plans.
5 Step Five:
Make plans by sticking through with you initiation of getting your community on the same page. Send out an email with a plan to meet up in person, online, chatroom, etc. Make sure they're aware of all that will occur at your meeting and use your communicative skills to organize an awesome first meeting. All it takes is consistency.
6 Step Six:
Stay Consistent by sticking to the plans you make. If you all are to meet on the first of each month, make sure that happens. Don't change things suddenly without consulting the group. Keep things consistent in order to make it easier for your community of friends who love books. Make sure you're changing just to accommodate one person, but the group as a whole. If Thursdays seem bad, make sure you clear it with everyone, and then change when it's necessary. Don't change things according to your feelings, but for necessity. Stay consistent with formats, attendees, and discussions to take place. Also stay consistent with your Book Club/Reading Group's tastes in books, topics, etc.