Being a book enthusiast myself, I proudly own book-themed apparel, color-coordinate my bookshelves, maintain a hefty TBR pile, and actively participate in various book clubs. From being a co-host of The Gloss Book Club in Boston to now a member of a local indie bookstore book club in Virginia, my passion for book clubs runs deep. If you’re interested in starting your own book club, you’re in the right place. I’ve gathered insights from fellow book lovers to create a simple guide to help you kickstart your own book club successfully.

1. Define Your Purpose

Before getting started, clarify the intention behind your book club. Whether it’s to socialize, explore new genres, or simply discuss favorite reads, having a clear purpose will attract like-minded members who share your goals.

2. Determine Your Club’s Style

When starting from scratch, you have the freedom to set the tone for your book club. Decide on meeting formats, book genres, and whether there will be any membership fees. Tailor these details to suit the vibe you envision for your club.

3. Recruit Members

For existing friend groups, members are readily available. However, if you aim to expand your book club, consider using platforms like, social media, or word-of-mouth to attract potential members from diverse backgrounds.

4. Choose Your First Read

Selecting the first book can be an exciting process. Larger groups may benefit from voting on choices, while smaller clubs can opt for casual discussions to finalize the reading list. Rotating genres each month can keep the club dynamic and engaging.

5. Schedule Meetings

Set a date for the first meeting that allows ample time for members to read the book. Consider meeting every 4-6 weeks to maintain momentum and ensure consistent participation.

6. Decide on a Meeting Place

Book club venues can vary from homes to public places like restaurants or parks. Depending on the size of your group, choose a location that fosters good conversation and consider any thematic elements to enhance the book discussion experience.

7. Prepare Discussion Points

Discussion questions are key to fostering engaging conversations. Utilize questions provided in the book or online, encourage members to contribute their queries, and keep the discussion flowing organically.

8. Establish Guidelines

While guidelines may seem mundane, they are essential for smooth club operations. Set expectations around attendance, participation, and any other relevant rules to ensure everyone enjoys the book club experience.


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