December 20, 2017

It’s the Busiest Time of Year: 5 suggestions for alternative book club meetings

I know I am not alone in feeling a bit frazzled during this time of year. The weeks between Halloween and New Year's go by in a blur and fitting in time to relax, recharge, and read can be a challenge.

As a member of several book clubs and the author of a newsletter devoted to all things book club, I get a lot of enjoyment in gathering with others to discuss books. But, I know it can be difficult to squeeze in recreational reading with so many pressing obligations pulling at our time and attention. Sometimes my book clubs don't even meet in December because no one has time to read the books!

What to do? Below are five suggestions for alternatives to holding a traditional book club meeting in December. Does your book club do something unique this time of year? Let me know!

  1. Hold a book club speed dating session to select your titles for the next calendar year. Or use the format as a book exchange where everyone walks away with a new (to them) book!
  2. Have everyone read a short essay or magazine article and gather to discuss. For suggestions, copy and paste this search into the NoveList search bar: TT Book Club Break
  3. Select a popular children's book for your discussion. These are usually shorter than typical book club fare, but have plenty of themes to discuss. Need ideas? Check out our Best Older Kids Fiction 2017 Recommended Reads list (type UI 438201 into the search bar).
  4. What do readers like even more than reading and talking about books? Sharing the books they love! Consider hosting a book drive for a local non-profit organization of the club's choosing.
  5. Forget the books and gather at a restaurant or coffee shop for a relaxed get-together where everyone can socialize. There will be plenty of opportunities to read in 2018!

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