While movies are great and television shows are better than ever before, nothing beats sitting down with a quality book and immersing yourself in a story. If you need that extra push to crack the spine of that book you've been meaning to read, forming a club can be a great way to share and discuss stories with your friends and family. With the right gifts under $50 and personalized gifts, you'll be on your way toward broadening your literary horizons. Here are some tips on how to get started.
Before you do anything else, you should consider exactly who you would like to join your book club. Start with some of your closest friends and family members and see if they're interested in your idea - this core group of members will help you reach out to other potential readers. The types of people you invite will determine the overall structure and direction your group will take each month. Do you want people who have similar tastes in books, or are you looking for a more eclectic group of readers? While you should select people who will be friendly and cordial to each other, making sure that differing opinions and tastes are represented will make for a richer conversation at each meeting.
Once you have a group narrowed down, you should decide on a standing date to hold your book club meetings. As people generally have demanding social and professional lives, you'll want to select a day and time that works best for the majority of your members. You need to give everyone enough time to finish the books comfortably as well, so don't plan on meeting more frequently than once a month. If for some reason the agreed-upon schedule doesn't work out for a particular month - such as around the holidays - build in some flexibility to find an alternative meeting time.
With a group and time set, you can now move on to the difficult but enjoyable task of selecting reading material for your book club. Before deciding what types of books you would like to read, discuss options for genres your group does not want to explore. As for selecting reading materials, you can either allow each member to pick a book one month (allowing for group input as well) or have everyone suggest some titles and then put it to a vote. While you should try to please as many people in the group as possible, it's also important to keep an open mind and be willing to read titles you might not have otherwise.