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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. BooksterClub shows you lists of all the books other Booksters are reading as well as the top books (those that are most read by our Booksters). Some of our book clubs read only plays and others recipe books and still others read only religious books. You can also look at online book clubs, where past reading schedules and reviews of past books are often posted. This list is really endless on the books to be read. 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 four. 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 and may like reading. 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


Features and benefits of Free BooksterClub.com
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  • Keep track of your members, meetings and books.
  • Private member directory - names, emails, phone numbers and addresses
  • Only people specifically invited by you are included. No outsiders can join or view.
  • Automatic timely emails notify members of upcoming meetings.
  • Notify your book club members of upcoming meetings with automatic timely emails
  • Keep synopses and comments of the books members have chosen
  • Online calendar displays upcoming and past meetings
  • Keep book club notes and links, local library or other sites of interest
  • Upload photos of your favorite book club meetings and member events
  • Secure member login and password system keeps your membership data private
  • Email addresses and personal data are never disclosed
  • No intrusive ads or Flash. This is not a public group website.
  • Access your club anytime, from anywhere on Internet
  • You can share admin duties with others.
  • Your data is securely backed up every day
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    • As an Admin you can add or edit books, meetings and your membership list. Admin also can set and change the group password and Admin password. You must be in the Admin section for these. Click Admin along the top menu line. You may have to enter your Admin password to continue. We need to ask for the admin password because anyone in the group could log in using your email address and the general password.

      NOTE: Only the person initially setting up a new book club, or those subsequently designated as Admin by this person, will see the Admin menu item. Other members will not have this selection. Any number of people may be designated as administrators of your book club. Those designated as Admins are listed in your member list.

    • Books and Meetings are linked together. The Admin of the book club enters books and meetings. It is a good idea to add the books first. As a minimum, the book name must be entered - book details can be added later as they are known. The linkage means that when a meeting is added, any of the current list of books can be added to that meeting. Then, whenever a book is shown it will also show the meeting(s) it is in. Likewise, meetings will show the book(s) for that meeting.

      The history of all your group meetings are listed under Meetings so that over the months and years you will be able to look back and see which books were read, when and where the meetings were. This can be displayed either on your screen or put into a delimited file.

      Comments: When you click on a book, anyone in the club can add ratings/comments about the book(s), which will display below the comments box. These comments are dated and the member name along with his/her comment are shown. The member who made the comment can delete it.

    • Club Notes are available for anyone to post anything. You can edit and delete any notes that you posted. It is a great place to keep recommended books that members are reading but may not be book club choices, recipes to share, or other fun topics of discussion at your book club meetings. This is also an excellent place to make your notes of the books/meetings/topics you have read over the years, which you can enter in free form text.

    • Broadcast Email can be used by anyone in your group. This email will go out to everyone in your group who has opted to receive emails. In the Member List, you can see who has opted to receive email, along with other details about each member. The email is sent immediately.

    • You may receive emails from fellow members and reminders by BooksterClub the day before upcoming meetings if you opt to receive emails from the group.

    • You may upload Photos. The uploaded photos will appear at the bottom of the photo page The photos cannot be viewed by anyone outside your group. Maximum name length is 40 characters total - letters, numbers and spaces only. The names must have .gif or .jpg at the end of the name. This is a fun way to document your book club meetings.

    • Interested in books other Booksers are reading - great recommendations for books your club can read? Top Books is a weighted list of the top 39 books that BookserClub members are reading. The number one book is the one that the most clubs are reading or have read. From this selection, you can dig deaper and see the top 132 books that are being read (these are listed numerically, but can be sorted alphabetically). Want to see still more detail? When selecting All Club Books you will see the alphabetized list of ALL the books from the BooksterClub members, listing name of book, author and number of pages (if this was entered).

    • Under My Account you can change anything you like. Here is where you opt in or out for emails. You can also include your phone and address. Only those members of your book club will see this information. Be sure to Save.

    • Links are like Notes except they are used to put up links to sites you found useful for the group. Any link you put up, you can later delete.

    • Articles contain information on the benefits of BooksterClub.com and on book clubs in general. Suggestions for additions/improvements are always welcome.

    • Home takes you where you would be if you just logged in. It shows the next meeting and book(s).

    • Logout - you don't have to log out if you are on a private computer. If you don't, the next time you go to BooksterClub.com it will remember you and take you right into your account. If you do log out then the program will not remember that computer and you will need to log in again. The logout is for each specific computer. So, if you log in at another private computer (like a laptop) and don't log out, you will always be connected to your account automatically when you go to BooksterClub.com. Clear enough? No?


    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 - The Book Thief
    6 - And the Mountains Echoed
    7 - Life After Life
    8 - Orphan Train
    9 - The Fault in Our Stars
    10 - The Invention Of Wings
    11 - The Rosie Project
    12 - Go Set a Watchman
    13 - Me Before You
    14 - The Husband's Secret
    15 - Unbroken
    16 - Wild
    17 - Big Little Lies
    18 - The Boys in the Boat
    19 - The Language of Flowers
    20 - The Light Between Oceans
    21 - To Kill a Mockingbird
    22 - What Alice Forgot
    23 - Where'd You Go, Bernadette
    24 - Life of Pi
    25 - Still Alice
    26 - The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climb
    27 - The Glass Castle
    28 - The Great Gatsby
    29 - The Help
    30 - The Nightingale
    31 - The Shadow of the Wind
    32 - Americanah
    33 - Middlesex
    34 - The Devil in the White City
    35 - The Girl with the Dragon Tatto
    36 - The Martian
    37 - The Round House
    38 - Beautiful Ruins
    39 - The Art of Racing in the Rain
    40 - The Secret Life of Bees
    41 - Wonder
    42 - Angela's Ashes
    43 - Eat, Pray, Love
    44 - Fates and Furies
    45 - Leaving Time
    46 - Major Pettigrew's Last Stand
    47 - Pride and Prejudice
    48 - The Aviator's Wife
    49 - The Cuckoo's Calling
    50 - The Curious Incident of the Do
    51 - The Dinner
    52 - The Giver
    53 - The Guernsey Literary and Pota
    54 - The Immortal Life of Henrietta
    55 - The Kite Runner
    56 - The Paris Wife
    57 - The Red Tent
    58 - The Road
    59 - The Shack
    60 - The Signature of All Things
    61 - The Time Traveler's Wife
    62 - 1984
    63 - Before I Go To Sleep
    64 - Boys in the Boat
    65 - Circling the Sun
    66 - Cutting for Stone
    67 - Divergent
    68 - Dracula
    69 - Everything I Never Told You
    70 - Fahrenheit 451
    71 - In the Garden of Beasts
    72 - Lean In
    73 - Light Between Oceans
    74 - Little Bee
    75 - Olive Kitteridge
    76 - Restart your church
    77 - Sarah's Key
    78 - The Alchemist
    79 - The Art of Hearing Heartbeats
    80 - The Handmaid's Tale
    81 - The Interestings
    82 - The Lowland
    83 - The Luminaries
    84 - The Orphan Master's Son
    85 - The Shining
    86 - Things Fall Apart
    87 - Water for Elephants
    88 - We Are All Completely Beside O
    89 - A Fall of Marigolds
    90 - A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
    91 - A Walk In The Woods
    92 - Act Like a Lady, Think Like a
    93 - Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bo
    94 - Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mothe
    95 - Behind the Beautiful Forevers
    96 - City of Light
    97 - Defending Jacob
    98 - Elizabeth is Missing
    99 - Gilead
    100 - Half Broke Horses
    101 - Hotel On The Corner of Bitter
    102 - I Know Why the Caged Bird Sing
    103 - Identical Strangers: A Memoir
    104 - In the Unlikely Event
    105 - Inferno
    106 - Just Kids
    107 - Let the Great World Spin
    108 - Loving Frank
    109 - Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour BookSto
    110 - My Antonia
    111 - My Brilliant Friend
    112 - My Name is Lucy Barton
    113 - Night Circus
    114 - Off Armageddon Reef
    115 - Outliers: the story of success
    116 - Perfect Peace
    117 - Quiet: The Power of Introverts
    118 - Radiance of Tomorrow
    119 - Rebecca
    120 - Shanghai Girls
    121 - Sharp Objects
    122 - Stoner
    123 - Sweetness at the Bottom of the
    124 - The Art Forger
    125 - The Children Act
    126 - The Color Purple
    127 - The Elegance of the Hedgehog
    128 - The Forgotten Garden
    129 - The Life We Bury
    130 - The Museum of Extraordinary Th
    131 - The Ocean at the End of the La
    132 - The Other Wes Moore

    Top list of BooksterClubs' selections from 2,485 books total. No. 1 is most popular. Click any title for complete details.   Alphabetical