X

EXPLORE

Sign up for our newsletter

We send out a monthly email with all our book news, author events, competitions, book club notes, and more! Sign up here.

How to Run a Book Club

Read the book. Before you begin, make sure that all the members of the book club are committed to reading the book, or as much of it as possible, every time.

Take notes as you read. Mark out particularly intriguing, moving, or frustrating passages to discuss later. It can be revealing to focus on a particular section and see how different readers have interpreted it.

Find reading notes for the book, if they exist. Ours are usually written by the authors so they're a good indicator of the author's intentions (and sometimes a signpost of where they've gone wrong!). Some background information on the writer can be helpful too.

Some of the things you might want to ask yourself, and the group: Which characters are most appealing? Which ones didn't you like? How does the author create drama, atmosphere, or a sense of place? Do you see certain themes emerging? Is the plot convincing? Do you relate to any of the characters, or to the story? Does it remind you of anything else you have read? Would you recommend it to a friend?

Quick view

Black Glass

Meg Mundell

Cover view
Quick view

Bereft

Chris Womersley

Cover view
Quick view

Little People

Jane Sullivan

Cover view
Quick view

House of Sticks

Peggy Frew

Cover view
Quick view

Rocks in the Belly

Jon Bauer

Cover view
Quick view

Running Dogs

Ruby J. Murray

Cover view
Quick view

Pilgrimage

Jacinta Halloran

Cover view
Quick view

Sufficient Grace

Amy Espeseth

Cover view
Quick view

High Sobriety

Jill Stark

Cover view
Quick view

The Holiday Murders

Robert Gott

Cover view
Quick view

The Secret Lives of Men

Georgia Blain

Cover view
Quick view

Indelible Ink

Fiona McGregor

Cover view
  1. 01
  2. 02
  3. >