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This is the cover art for a book for pre-teens. It's fun to support the writing of your club members once in a while! | Source

Build Friendships around Your Love of Reading

Do you love to read? Do you enjoy discussing books with your friends? One of the best ways to develop friendships and create lifelong bonds with other people is to find a common interest. If you are a reader, one fun way to expand your circle of friends and find kindred spirits, is to start a book club.

Forming a book club is simple, and casual. You do not need officers. You do not need rules. There is no need for articles of incorporation. You simply need to find a few other people who share your interest in books, and pick a time to meet.

I have belonged to a book club for over a decade. Although we only meet every other month, and only occasionally see each other between meetings, the women in our club have become very close. We have seen each other go through cancer treatments and other illnesses. We have encouraged each other when members have had to deal with a variety of personal issues.

When we read a book, we frequently learn more about each other as we discuss it. A book club can help you grow closer to your friends than you ever imagined possible.

Find Other Readers

What if you do not know many other people who enjoy books as much as you do? Do not give up your idea of starting a book club. You may be on the verge of discovering a whole new group of friends to enrich your life.

First, ask a few friends if they would be interested. Then, let them know that they are welcome to invite others to join your group, too.

Next, put up a notice at your church. Mention it at work or a PTA meeting. You may be able to put up a flyer at a local bookstore or public library. In fact, your group may even be able to meet at the library or bookstore, at least while you are all getting to know each other.

All you need is four or five people to get started. It shouldn't take very much effort to find that many people who would like to join your book club.



Decide What Types of Books You Want to Read

Once you have found a few people to be in your book club, your group needs to get together and decide what types of books you would enjoy reading.

You may want to have a club that specializes in mysteries, science fiction, romance novels, or religious books. If you have a group who loves to cook, you could even focus on something completely different, such as cookbooks.

I belong to a book club that reads very diverse literature. We have read war novels, and true war stories. We have read light-hearted romances, and thought-provoking biographies of famous people. We have read books that made us laugh, and books that brought us near tears. Your group needs to decide what types of books it wants to read, too.

Make a Plan, Pick a Book, and Get Started

Now that you have a few book club members, and you know what kinds of books you want to read, it is time to get started. Here are a few suggestions for getting organized:

Decide when, where and how often you will meet. (Our group only meets every other month, so we don't feel rushed when reading our books.)

Exchange email addresses so you can contact each other if there is a change in plans. I actually serve as an informal secretary, sending out an email a few weeks before each meeting as a reminder.

Serve food. Make your meetings relaxed. We often have potluck dinners at our meetings. However, even serving desserts, snacks or a little wine can be a nice treat once in a while.

Don't get too caught up in the details. There are times when we barely even talk about the book. Our group has been getting together for nearly 10 years. We have had members go through divorce, cancer, the death of loved ones, the weddings of children, the birth of grandchildren and so much more. We talk about these things, as well as the books we have read. If we only spend 10 - 15 minutes discussing the book, that is fine with us. These meetings have brought us all close together, and the discussions have been a way for us to learn so much more about each other. No one minds if we stray off topic.

Do not worry if some people do not read the book! Yes, I know it is a book club. But your purpose is also to make friends and be social. We have members of our club who rarely read the book. Sometimes they listen to it on tape. On other occasions, they just listen to the rest of us discuss it. That is perfectly okay with the rest of us. We are all very fond of each other, and just enjoy the regular commitment that assures that we will get together often. I actually love the fact that I do not feel pressure to read a book that doesn't interest me.

Enjoy your bookclub and your new friends. Consider it a journey, with no particular destination in mind!

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Phelcky 4 years ago from Denmark

Sounds like you are in a nice group of people. I read a lot of books so I like the idea of a book club. Maybe I should think about starting one. Great hub!


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Deborah-Diane 4 years ago from Orange County, California Author

Thank you! I hope you do start a book club. I think you will find it is a wonderful way to make lifelong friends.


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DeborahNeyens 3 years ago from Iowa

I love the idea of a cookbook club! Thanks for the tips.


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Deborah-Diane 3 years ago from Orange County, California Author

I think a cookbook club would be a lot of fun. I hope you enjoy your bookclub as much as I have enjoyed belonging to mine over the years.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America

I love to read but it seem I get less time to do it. Thanks for the information. Voted up


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Deborah-Diane 3 years ago from Orange County, California Author

The women in my book club have become some of my closest friends ... and some of them rarely, if ever, read our book club books. We just use reading the books as a reason to get together on a regular basis, and I am so glad that we do!


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas

This is a great idea for so many different people. Newcomers to a community who want to meet other people with similar interests, retired people who are lost without their jobs, young people out of school for the summer (some libraries offer library clubs for them), and anyone who needs a reason to get out and connect with people.

Voted up and useful!


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Deborah-Diane 3 years ago from Orange County, California Author

I joined my book club when I moved from Texas to California 13 years ago. My Realtor invited me to join hers. I have made such wonderful friends and really look forward to seeing these women ... both at my meetings and in between. I am so fortunate to have found this group, and I hope others get as much from their book club as I have gotten from mine.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America

I came back to pin this to my book board.


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Deborah-Diane 3 years ago from Orange County, California Author

I hope your posting encourages people to start a book club. It is a fun way to make friends and stimulate our minds at the same time!


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas

Going to share this hub with my followers again in case anyone missed it. I think this is such a great idea and with kids out of school it may be something that would get them away from TV and computers for a little while.


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Deborah-Diane 3 years ago from Orange County, California Author

A summer book club would be a great idea for kids! So many young people today are poor readers, and they are really missing out on the wonderful world of literature!


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas

Going to share this again because I think it's a great way to get to know new people and a great reason to get together with the ones you already know!


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas

This is the time of year when people are moving around again. School has started and lots of new students are going off to college and some of the older students are heading for graduate school. Aside from school and study groups, this is a great way to get to know people. Start a book club in your neighborhood and include coworkers and anyone else you can too. Before you know it you'll have a ton of new friends! Shared again in case someone here is settling into a new community or knows someone who is. This is a great way to make new friends!


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vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

I love this idea! I had never thought of a book club as more of a social event. How nice that you've stayed with your group for 10 years and have helped one another through hard times. I like your suggestion not to put pressure on others who didn't have time to read the book and not to pick about details. I also love the Kindle and enjoy reading books on it. Thank you for sharing.


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WriterJanis 2 years ago from California

I like the social aspect of this. It sounds like a great way to make some new friends who share your love for reading.


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas

I really think this is a great way to make new friends anytime, but especially if a person has just moved to a new community and doesn't know many if any people. Sharing.


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Author Cheryl 2 years ago

Great hub voted up


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Deborah-Diane 2 years ago from Orange County, California Author

Au fait, I have made such dear friends through my book club. We have been together now for nearly 15 years, and these friends have become so special to me.


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ezzly 22 months ago

Fantastic , voted up ! Love your positive inspirational writing. My sister started a book club in the area she lives in and she made wonderful new friends .


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Deborah-Diane 22 months ago from Orange County, California Author

Book clubs are a wonderful way to get to know other people in your community. Some of the discussions can become very meaningful.


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Deborah-Diane 19 months ago from Orange County, California Author

Thanks, ezzly! My book club has become an important part of my life and the members have become some of my closest friends.


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pstraubie48 16 months ago from sunny Florida

Deborah Diane...these really are so much fun. There are a group of us who began getting together for movie night, card playing night, and it has evolved so we now have a book night as well.

It is a great way to connect with friends and enjoy exploring new genres.

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