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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 Book Thief
    5 - The Goldfinch
    6 - And the Mountains Echoed
    7 - Orphan Train
    8 - The Invention Of Wings
    9 - Life After Life
    10 - The Fault in Our Stars
    11 - The Rosie Project
    12 - Go Set a Watchman
    13 - Unbroken
    14 - Wild
    15 - The Language of Flowers
    16 - The Light Between Oceans
    17 - To Kill a Mockingbird
    18 - Where'd You Go, Bernadette
    19 - Big Little Lies
    20 - Life of Pi
    21 - Me Before You
    22 - Still Alice
    23 - The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climb
    24 - The Boys in the Boat
    25 - The Help
    26 - The Husband's Secret
    27 - The Nightingale
    28 - Americanah
    29 - Middlesex
    30 - The Girl with the Dragon Tatto
    31 - The Glass Castle
    32 - The Great Gatsby
    33 - The Martian
    34 - The Round House
    35 - The Shadow of the Wind
    36 - What Alice Forgot
    37 - Beautiful Ruins
    38 - The Art of Racing in the Rain
    39 - The Devil in the White City
    40 - The Secret Life of Bees
    41 - Wonder
    42 - Angela's Ashes
    43 - Eat, Pray, Love
    44 - Fates and Furies
    45 - Major Pettigrew's Last Stand
    46 - Pride and Prejudice
    47 - The Aviator's Wife
    48 - The Cuckoo's Calling
    49 - The Curious Incident of the Do
    50 - The Giver
    51 - The Guernsey Literary and Pota
    52 - The Kite Runner
    53 - The Paris Wife
    54 - The Red Tent
    55 - The Road
    56 - The Shack
    57 - The Time Traveler's Wife
    58 - 1984
    59 - Before I Go To Sleep
    60 - Boys in the Boat
    61 - Circling the Sun
    62 - Cutting for Stone
    63 - Divergent
    64 - Dracula
    65 - Fahrenheit 451
    66 - In the Garden of Beasts
    67 - Lean In
    68 - Leaving Time
    69 - Light Between Oceans
    70 - Little Bee
    71 - Olive Kitteridge
    72 - Restart your church
    73 - Sarah's Key
    74 - The Alchemist
    75 - The Art of Hearing Heartbeats
    76 - The Dinner
    77 - The Handmaid's Tale
    78 - The Immortal Life of Henrietta
    79 - The Interestings
    80 - The Lowland
    81 - The Luminaries
    82 - The Orphan Master's Son
    83 - The Shining
    84 - The Signature of All Things
    85 - Things Fall Apart
    86 - Water for Elephants
    87 - We Are All Completely Beside O
    88 - A Fall of Marigolds
    89 - A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
    90 - A Walk In The Woods
    91 - Act Like a Lady, Think Like a
    92 - Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bo
    93 - Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mothe
    94 - Behind the Beautiful Forevers
    95 - City of Light
    96 - Defending Jacob
    97 - Gilead
    98 - Half Broke Horses
    99 - Hotel On The Corner of Bitter
    100 - I Know Why the Caged Bird Sing
    101 - Identical Strangers: A Memoir
    102 - In the Unlikely Event
    103 - Just Kids
    104 - Let the Great World Spin
    105 - Loving Frank
    106 - Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour BookSto
    107 - My Antonia
    108 - Night Circus
    109 - Off Armageddon Reef
    110 - Outliers: the story of success
    111 - Perfect Peace
    112 - Quiet: The Power of Introverts
    113 - Radiance of Tomorrow
    114 - Rebecca
    115 - Shanghai Girls
    116 - Sharp Objects
    117 - Stoner
    118 - Sweetness at the Bottom of the
    119 - The Art Forger
    120 - The Children Act
    121 - The Color Purple
    122 - The Elegance of the Hedgehog
    123 - The Forgotten Garden
    124 - The Life We Bury
    125 - The Museum of Extraordinary Th
    126 - The Ocean at the End of the La
    127 - The Other Wes Moore
    128 - The Snow Child
    129 - The Thirteenth Tale
    130 - The Tiger's Wife
    131 - The Tipping Point
    132 - The Twelve Tribes of Hattie

    Top list of BooksterClubs' selections from 2,386 books total. No. 1 is most popular. Click any title for complete details.   Alphabetical