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Blog: The Inside Scoop on Book Clubs

Structure: The first thing to think about when starting or joining an existing book club is that it should be fun. Now to the nits and grits... Traditional book clubs are a group of people who meet in person, read the same book(s) and discuss it at regularly scheduled meetings. These tend to be small groups and while they are more personal, you are limited in variety of views and perspectives. What are the dates and times of your meetings? Will they be monthly, bi-monthly, or even shorter? Where will your book club meet? At someone's home, in a church, at a restaurant or meeting hall. Does it rotate for each meeting. Will it be at night, during the day or on weekends? How long does each meeting run? Are they structured such that you can come and go early or late and not miss the critical book discussion. Be sure your schedule fits with your book club to get the most enjoyment out of it. BooksterClub.com is a great way to keep track of these crucial details and let every member immediately see what is upcoming. Back to top

Online: With the wide spread use of Internet, there are now many online book clubs and forums available on almost any topic and type of book. There are general interest, specialty interest and even Oprah's book club. These are generally very flexible and you can visit them at your own schedule. You get a wide variety of discussions and experience. You can even join a book club from another country. However, online book groups certainly lack the social interaction and closeness of the traditional book clubs and any individual person has little vote on the book to be discussed. Another version of online book clubs are sites that are designed to allow you to purchase discount books. Some bargains may be found and this is another resource for picking interesting books for your upcoming meetings. And, speaking of online, BooksterClub.com is the best site to administer the workings of your local book club. It has all the organizational details covered, including a direct link to the developers for special requests that may apply to your specific book club. Back to top

Food: Many book clubs serve food, some being just snacks, some pot luck and some being elaborate cuisine. Some book clubs meet at restaurants and you need to figure the meal/drinks cost factor into regular attendance. One book club has their meeting/party to discuss it at somebody's house and the hostess prepares food in the theme of the book - something creative to do with the subject or locale of the story. Wine and cheese also work well in some settings. BooksterClub.com is also a great place to share your prized recipes with your fellow Booksters in the Club Notes section. Back to top

Leaders: Does your book club have a leader or does everyone just jump in and have a group discussion without one? You probably need someone to act as leader, or at least secretary to keep track of the upcoming books picked, places and dates, etc. and disseminate that information to all the book club members.This is especially helpful for those who may not have been able to attend the last meeting. Again, BooksterClub.com is the perfect place to manage all of your book club details, even pictures of your fun meetings. Back to top

Picking Books: Some book clubs are specific about the type of books they want to read. Fiction or non-fiction, period pieces, women's books, history, classics, best sellers or only those that you can get enough copies at the local library for everyone. Lots of book clubs pick books from recommendations of a member who has read it and really liked it, or those recommended by trusted sources. Usually this involves the group as a whole voting to narrow down a pool of suggestions made by various members. Some book clubs pick current event books or those that can relate to what's happening in society today. Books that have been well received by other readers and critics will likely make good choices, so best seller lists and book reviews can be great resources for book clubs in search of titles. You can also look at online book clubs, where past reading schedules and reviews of past books are often posted. Back to top

Timing: Some pick only the next month's book ahead of time and some pick the entire year's books at the beginning. A good idea is to pick at least three months worth of books ahead of time, to give everyone the time to get the books and read them, especially if you select lengthy books or have a long library waiting list for the books. You may even have multiple books for a month to get various sides of a story or spread the perspectives of a subject. For instance a meeting choice of the Robert Caro books about Lyndon Johnson could specify read one of the three. Some book clubs rotate and have each member pick a book, but this can be tricky if you all have different tastes in books and are not willing to invest your reading time in a book that you are not interested in. However, one of the good things of belonging to a book club is that you will be introduced to books you’re unfamiliar with and books that you would probably not have picked on your own. Back to top

Discussion: Questions about the book and the characters is another area that varies with different book clubs. Some have study guides and handouts, and some have structured questions about each book and it's characters. There are many online sites that provide reading group guides and discussion questions. Some reading groups just have open discussion where anyone justs asks the questions that they are interested in and the group loosely moves around the discussion of the book. There are certainly combinations of the above styles. No way is better than another, they are just varied ways that book clubs work. You should be comfortable with the style of your book club to enjoy it. Back to top

Perspective: Realize that even though you probably are all reading the same book, everyone will bring their own spin on it depending on their prior experience, frame of mind when reading, what else is going on in their lives at the time, age of the readers, etc. So, while some may love the book, others may hate it and all for different reasons. But, this makes for lively discussions and also for insights into your fellow book club readers, who if not already, will probably become great friends.Back to top


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  • Top 132 Club Books

    This list shows the books that BooksterClub members have selected. The higher rank means
    more clubs selected that book. This list is updated every day.

    1 - All the Light We Cannot See
    2 - The Girl on the Train
    3 - Gone Girl
    4 - The Goldfinch
    5 - And the Mountains Echoed
    6 - The Book Thief
    7 - Orphan Train
    8 - Life After Life
    9 - The Fault in Our Stars
    10 - The Invention Of Wings
    11 - Go Set a Watchman
    12 - The Rosie Project
    13 - The Language of Flowers
    14 - To Kill a Mockingbird
    15 - Unbroken
    16 - Where'd You Go, Bernadette
    17 - Wild
    18 - Big Little Lies
    19 - The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climb
    20 - The Boys in the Boat
    21 - The Help
    22 - The Husband's Secret
    23 - The Light Between Oceans
    24 - The Nightingale
    25 - Life of Pi
    26 - Middlesex
    27 - Still Alice
    28 - The Girl with the Dragon Tatto
    29 - The Glass Castle
    30 - The Martian
    31 - The Round House
    32 - The Shadow of the Wind
    33 - What Alice Forgot
    34 - Americanah
    35 - Beautiful Ruins
    36 - Me Before You
    37 - The Art of Racing in the Rain
    38 - The Great Gatsby
    39 - Wonder
    40 - Angela's Ashes
    41 - Fates and Furies
    42 - Major Pettigrew's Last Stand
    43 - Pride and Prejudice
    44 - The Aviator's Wife
    45 - The Cuckoo's Calling
    46 - The Curious Incident of the Do
    47 - The Devil in the White City
    48 - The Giver
    49 - The Guernsey Literary and Pota
    50 - The Kite Runner
    51 - The Paris Wife
    52 - The Secret Life of Bees
    53 - 1984
    54 - Before I Go To Sleep
    55 - Boys in the Boat
    56 - Cutting for Stone
    57 - Divergent
    58 - Dracula
    59 - Eat, Pray, Love
    60 - Fahrenheit 451
    61 - In the Garden of Beasts
    62 - Lean In
    63 - Leaving Time
    64 - Light Between Oceans
    65 - Little Bee
    66 - Olive Kitteridge
    67 - Restart your church
    68 - Sarah's Key
    69 - The Alchemist
    70 - The Art of Hearing Heartbeats
    71 - The Dinner
    72 - The Handmaid's Tale
    73 - The Immortal Life of Henrietta
    74 - The Interestings
    75 - The Lowland
    76 - The Luminaries
    77 - The Orphan Master's Son
    78 - The Red Tent
    79 - The Road
    80 - The Shack
    81 - The Shining
    82 - The Time Traveler's Wife
    83 - Things Fall Apart
    84 - Water for Elephants
    85 - We Are All Completely Beside O
    86 - A Fall of Marigolds
    87 - A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
    88 - A Walk In The Woods
    89 - Act Like a Lady, Think Like a
    90 - Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bo
    91 - Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mothe
    92 - Behind the Beautiful Forevers
    93 - Circling the Sun
    94 - City of Light
    95 - Defending Jacob
    96 - Gilead
    97 - Half Broke Horses
    98 - Hotel On The Corner of Bitter
    99 - I Know Why the Caged Bird Sing
    100 - Identical Strangers: A Memoir
    101 - In the Unlikely Event
    102 - Just Kids
    103 - Let the Great World Spin
    104 - Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour BookSto
    105 - My Antonia
    106 - Night Circus
    107 - Off Armageddon Reef
    108 - Outliers: the story of success
    109 - Perfect Peace
    110 - Quiet: The Power of Introverts
    111 - Radiance of Tomorrow
    112 - Rebecca
    113 - Shanghai Girls
    114 - Sharp Objects
    115 - Stoner
    116 - Sweetness at the Bottom of the
    117 - The Children Act
    118 - The Color Purple
    119 - The Elegance of the Hedgehog
    120 - The Forgotten Garden
    121 - The Museum of Extraordinary Th
    122 - The Ocean at the End of the La
    123 - The Other Wes Moore
    124 - The Signature of All Things
    125 - The Snow Child
    126 - The Thirteenth Tale
    127 - The Tiger's Wife
    128 - The Tipping Point
    129 - The Twelve Tribes of Hattie
    130 - The Wednesday Sisters
    131 - Their Eyes Were Watching God
    132 - Unwind

    Top list of BooksterClubs' selections from 2,284 books total. No. 1 is most popular. Click any title for complete details.   Alphabetical