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How to start a BookClub

Wonder how to start a book club? Starting your own book club is a great way to stay up on the latest bestsellers and make new friends. Follow these steps on how to start a book club, and don't be discouraged if some members come and go. Great book clubs don't start overnight and will evolve as members' lives change. In the end, however, you may build some lifelong friendships. Here's a few tips to get you started :

  • Get together a core group: ask around the office, play groups, or your church or civic organizations. An ideal size for a book club is 8 - 11 people
  • Set a regular meeting time: Go ahead and set a regular meeting time and date for your book club with your core group.
  • Advertise your bookclub: If you can't find people there are often places to post fliers at eg. the library, book stores and cafes etc.
  • Establish ground rules: Get together with your potential book club members and set the group's ground rules, Books,Times,Hosts etc.
  • Meet: Set a schedule for the first few months and start meeting. If the book club is small at first, don't worry about it.
  • Keep meeting and inviting people: Don't be discouraged if you lose members. People's schedules and commitments change.

Top 5 Great Reads for Book Clubs

  1. We need to talk about Kevin by Lionel Shriver. This is the Orange prize winning, million copy bestseller: now a Serpent's Tail classic. Eva never really wanted to be a mother; certainly not the mother of the unlovable boy who murdered seven of his fellow high school students, a cafeteria worker and a teacher who tried to befriend him. Now, two years later, it is time for her to come to terms with marriage, career, family, parenthood and Kevin's horrific rampage in a series of startlingly direct correspondences with her absent husband, Franklyn. Uneasy with the sacrifices and social demotion of motherhood from the start, Eva fears that her alarming dislike for her own son may be responsible for driving him so nihilistically off the rails.
  2. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. Aust'n author. It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still. Liesel Meminger and her younger brother are being taken by their mother to live with a foster family outside Munich. Liesel's father was taken away on the breath of a single, unfamiliar word - Kommunist - and Liesel sees the fear of a similar fate in her mother's eyes. On the journey, Death visits the young boy, and notices Liesel. It will be the first of many near encounters. By her brother's graveside, Liesel's life is changed when she picks up a single object - The Gravedigger's Handbook - left there by accident, and it is her first act of book thievery.
  3. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. Twelve-year-old Amir is desperate to win the approval of his father and resolves to win the local kite-fighting toumament, to prove that he has the makings of a man. His loyal friend Hassan promises to help him, for he always helps Amir. But this is 1970s Afghanistan and Hassan is merely a low-caste servant who is jeered at in the street, although Amir still feels jealous of his natural courage and the place he holds in his father's heart. But neither of the boys could foresee what would happen to Hassan on the afternoon of the tournament, which was to shatter their lives. After the Russians invade and the family is forced to flee to America, Amir realises that one day he must return, to find the one thing that his new world cannot grant him: redemption.
  4. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Shaffer & Barrows. Juliet Ashton lives in London after World War II when she receives a letter from Dawsey Adams, who lives on Guernsey, one of the Channel islands between England and France. Dawsey's letters make Juliet interested in life on Guernsey, which was occupied by Germans during the war. She begins exchanging letters with other members of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, a hodge-podge group of readers who formed their society as an alibi to keep from getting arrested by the Nazis.
  5. The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas. Now in his remarkable new book, The Slap, Christos Tsiolkas, one of Australia's pre-eminent contemporary novelists' (The Age) turns his unflinching and all-seeing eye onto that which connects us all: the modern family and domestic life in the twenty-first century.At a suburban barbecue, a man slaps a child who is not his own. This event has a shocking ricochet effect on a group of people, mostly friends, who are directly or indirectly influenced by the event.What unfolds is a powerful, haunting novel about love, sex and marriage, parenting and children, and the fury and intensity - all the passions and conflicting beliefs - that family can arouse.

Denmark Library Book Club Set List

Book Club Set List

Great Links for Book Clubs the Official site to ABC's First Tuesday Book Club. If you love to read and belong to a Book Club then discover the latest Penguin Book Club picks.