Reading Groups - Tips from Your Colleagues

Talk about creative!  The ideas you all have come up with to make your discussions fun are over the top! In our 2012 survey, you told us about many, many of the unique notions that have worked for your groups, and we’re passing on a few of them here. Maybe some of your colleagues’ ideas will work for your group, too!

“Diversity is the key to my club's success. Our members are different in ages, educational background, and reading preferences. I have read books that I would not have read if not a club selection; each member brings her unique opinion to the discussion table.

—Viki, Willis Point, TX, East Texas Library Friends

“Occasionally we invite someone in field to enhance the discussion, a local doctor who worked in Haiti after the earthquake when we read Mountains Beyond Mountains; a local Y.A. author to discuss teen fiction as well as her own book; a classics scholar to explicate The Odyssey, etc.”

—Jean, Provo, UT, Rock Canyon Book Group

“We 'grade' our books after the discussion, and one cannot give a grade unless they have finished reading the book, so that makes some people go ahead and read books they don't care for, so can give a grade, and sometimes find out they like it as they go further in to the book.”

—Bobbie, Quincy, IL, The Bookies

“Our group uses our Facebook page, our website and email to post upcoming books, discussion questions, information about our meetings including meeting notices and ratings for the books we have discussed.”

—Janice, Kill Devil Hills, NC, Escape Book Club

“Often, we find that not all members have been able to read the selection for one reason or another. My evening book club is currently reading a collection of short stories (one story per week) which is more doable for some readers and we find the discussion is more in depth with more ideas or comments coming directly from the printed page.”

—Donna, Cleveland, TN, Read Between the Wines

“It is fun to mix things up. We participate in author phone chats, go to hear/see authors when we can, have an annual "dinner & a movie" night where we read a book, watch the movie based on the book and discuss the transfer to film. We also have an annual holiday, used, gift-wrapped, paperback exchange which is a lot of fun!”

—Margot, Greencastle, IN, Friends of Books

"I make up a bookmark with the dates of the book discussions and the title of the book for that date. It works in the library setting."

—Jane, Norton, MA, Norton Library Book Discussions

2011 Survey Tips