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Tips for Starting a Book Club

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Happy Monday from Westminster Towers Blog! For anyone out there in our Tacoma, WA apartment community who has always wanted to start a book club but who hasn’t done so yet, we’re here this week to bring you a few simple tips to get started. There is no single right way to go about creating a book club, but we hope the following suggestions can get you on the right path.

Starting a Book Club at Westminster Towers

Set the Tone

Before getting too many other people involved in your plans, think about what kind of tone or theme you’d enjoy for a book club. Are you looking to make it through another handful of books from the Western canon? Would you prefer to stick to new-release bestsellers? Or maybe you would like to leave it more open-ended and have the freedom to pick and choose something new that doesn’t follow a pattern every time? Whatever it is, as the instigator of the book club, it’s up to you to set the tone.

Invite Other Members

The next step in starting your own book club is to invite other people to join you who fit the tone you have chosen. While it sounds fun to have a large book club of 15 people or more, make sure that you invite people who you know will be serious about committing to the book club. Consistency is better in the long run. If you have a solid base of a few people who are dedicated to coming every time and to reading the books, there is always room for a few people who come on and off.

Set Ground Rules

Before you read your first book together, take some time — either in person or online — to set some ground rules for the book club that are made together. Make sure you all agree on how often to meet, how long each meeting will be, and what is expected of members at each meeting. Additionally, decide together how new books will be chosen. Will you take turns each picking a book of your liking, within the bounds of the theme? Will you collaborate together at the end of each meeting to vote on a new book? Whatever you choose to do, make sure it’s understood beforehand.

Enjoy Yourself

Last but not least, remember to enjoy yourself! That’s the reason you wanted to start a book club, right? Don’t let expectations turn this club into a larger source of stress than enjoyment. Instead, use it to join together as a group of people who love to read and benefit from being around people with a shared love.

Happy reading this month. Thanks for taking a look at our post today!