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Long-term/ Passive
Max. participants
Min. duration
1 hour
Cost per head
Online, In-Person
Team phase
Forming, Norming, Performing

About the intervention

Pick a book to read as a group and organise a discussion session each month.

How to set it up.

  • Form your group, considering their availability to decide when, where and how often to meet. You should have enough members to allow for an absentee or two each session. 

  • Set a regular meeting date and time e.g. the first Monday of every month at 8pm. 

  • Determine your book club goals e.g. a. finding inspiring new reads, b. reading for spiritual growth c. learning more about a niche topic d. discovering new romance/thriller/self-help/other genre hits e. studying the memoirs of people you admire f. reading and discussing the books recommended by influential people, such as former presidents or business leaders

  • Decide which book to read democratically as you want your members to have some interest in the book they have chosen. Not everyone is going to like every book and that's okay as it leads to interesting discussions.

What to do during.

  • Have rotating hosts, who will decide where to meet (online/in-person) and is responsible for sending out email reminders about when, where, and what book has been selected for the following month. Send an initial reminder a month ahead and a second reminder a day or two before the meeting.

  • Have rotating discussion leaders. The discussion leader and host should not be the same person.

  • Make meetings fun by turning them into a potluck, cocktail night, or incorporate trivia games into your meetings.

How you can mix it up ...

Themed meetings: Cook literary dishes relevant to the author or book you are discussing, or even dress up like the characters in the book.

 Watch a movie together: Life gets busy sometimes so this is a fun alternative in place of a book club meeting.

Collecting thoughts: The group could create a website or a blog for everyone to write reviews of the book.

Useful resources.

40 Questions to discuss in your book club by or refer to Morristown Books' guide to stimulating book discussions.

Book Club
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