Tips to Start a Book Club and Turn it Into a Thriving Community

Whether you want to make new friends, spend more time outdoors, or simply praise your favorite books and authors, starting a book club can be a huge step forward in the right direction. But how can you ensure that your community will meet regularly? With these simple hacks, of course! Check out these simple and effective ways to make your club really successful.

Tips to Start a Book Club and Turn it Into a Thriving Community

The Ideal Book Club to Start

The first step to make is what kind of club you want to run. Of course, variety is crucial here because you can’t simply focus on one genre and steer clear of all else. With that in mind, there’s always a good idea to have a particular topic in mind on which the entire club will revolve. Depending on how active you want the club to be, you can choose LGBTQ+-oriented articles and books, classic novels, thrillers, etc.

In-Person or Online Meetings

Once the tone has been established, it’s time to figure out how the book club members will meet. Generally, there are two options – in-person or online. In-person meetings are associated with socialization and the allure of refreshments (drinks or snacks), whereas online meetings are generally more affordable and appropriate for people who travel a lot.

In addition, we can’t go without mentioning the hybrid model. As you might imagine, it combines both in-person and online meetings. This option is especially helpful if you’re running a bigger club and not all members can meet at the same time – some might join via a Zoom meeting.

Time to Meet the Book Club Members

Gathering people to join can either be the most awkward or one of the most exciting moments of the book club establishment process, depending on your personality. If you’re feeling too nervous, try teaming up with a dear friend to help you pitch the club more eloquently and without stress.

Of course, people who don’t fancy such “aggressive” approaches can try putting up signs in public places advertising your club or simply do it online. Remember that many clubs start off small, so don’t get your hopes too high.