You’re in a book club and it’s your turn to choose the book. The type of books selected can determine whether your book club succeeds or fails. Here are a few simple steps for finding the perfect book for your group.
Steps to choose a book for a book club
Look at a bestseller list. These books become bestsellers because people mutually liked them. It is possible that your fellow book club members will too. Make sure you don’t choose a book just because it’s famous- books become famous for being bad, too. Choose a book you like, and you think others will like too.
Ask for a recommendation. Get some advice from people whose taste in books you agree with. Ask a fellow group member for some tips. Allow each group member to suggest a title and put the list to a vote.
Visit a few expert websites dealing with book clubs and book reviews. www.goodreads.com is a great site, where you can both enter an online book club and seek their opinions, or read through reviews of books from various people around the world.
Many publisher web pages provide suggestions for book groups, as well as reading guides with discussion questions. Enter one of these discussions, ask people for help.
Check out online book clubs. If you are an introvert-type, you might find it easier to ask people for recommendations through a screen and not face-to-face. Most groups keep lists of previously discussed books with reviews.
Find out what other book clubs are reading. If you have friends in different book clubs, ask them for previously read books in their clubs. Get their opinions and recommendations.
Pick a book you have already read and enjoyed. The best books can be read over and over. Remember, just because you love it, doesn’t mean everyone else will. Keep that in mind, and choose a book that might fit to everyone’s taste.
Pick a book that goes with the theme of your book club. Science-fiction, thriller, romance, mystery - what is the theme your book club has chosen for the month? Go with that theme. It narrows down your choices, and makes it easier for you to pick one book.
Most importantly, don’t stress yourself. You’re only choosing a book for a club. If people don’t like your choice, it doesn’t matter. You can always keep it in mind the next time you get to choose. Be content with your choice.
1.Where can I find discussion questions for a book?
Ans:Make up your own! If you don’t want to do that, try googling “discussion questions for [book title]].” Certain editions of some books even come with questions in the back specifically for this purpose.
2.Does everyone read the same title?
Ans:Usually, yes. Everyone will discuss their thoughts on the book. However, at some book clubs, everyone reads a different book and does a presentation on it.
3.How do I decide which book to read first if I’ve already got a few good books in mind?
Ans:Before picking a book, check what each of them is about, for example, by reading a blurb or first few sentences. If at this point one of the books “speaks to you”, go ahead and pick it. If you still have a problem choosing, try to think for a while about what you’re most interested in at this particular moment. If you still feel you can’t decide, just pick whichever: close your eyes and reach your hand for one, use counting-out rhyme or have a friend decide for you. They’re equally good and you’ll read them all eventually so it’s not that big a deal.