How to host a successful book club

Reading is the perfect hobby to escape, unwind and relax after a long week or a hard day at work. Book clubs are a great way to share your love of books with friends and keep up with the latest bestsellers. Here are a few tips to create a successful book club.

Switch up your genres

Don’t stick to the same genre over and over again. Appeal to different tastes by switching up the kinds of books you read.

Stick to your schedule

Make sure that your book club stays on schedule on a particular day of the week with a specific start and end time.

Go digital

Start a Facebook group, GoodReads group and create an online calendar for all upcoming events, books, and any other announcements that you may need to make. Send out Whatsapp reminders.

Do your research

Don’t just randomly pick books to read. Read online reviews with an aim to consistently collectively read good books that will leave everyone satisfied.

Group size

Decide early how big you want your group to be and stick to it. A good, close-knit group will develop which will be much more sustainable in the long run.

Defined rules

Define how your group should run with regards to simple refreshments and snacks, who will host, and how books will be chosen.

Share responsibility

Don’t shoulder all the pressure or expect any one person to have the lion’s share of the responsibility to avoid burnout.

Book length

If you have a club that reads the same book, stick to books that are less than 400 pages.

Stick to the topic of books

Don’t allow members to turn the club into a therapy group. Keep discussions relevant to books read and to-be-read. Keep things light and fun.


If a movie comes out that has been adapted from a book you’ve read make arrangements to see it as a group.


Take breaks every now and then so that your club remains a joy and doesn’t become a chore that you dread.


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Written by Taryn Hill

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