Book clubs can be a great way to read books you wouldn’t otherwise pick up, or to hear interpretations of books that are different from your own. But the traditional book club isn’t for every reader. Maybe you don’t want to read to a deadline, or maybe you find it hard to listen to someone tear apart a book that you absolutely adored.
If the traditional book club isn’t for you, but you still want to get together with other readers, here are a few ideas for different kinds of book clubs.
Book recommendations club
Get some readers together to share book recommendations (books you’re recently read or ones you read a long time ago and still think about).
Gather around to discuss what each group member is reading right now (whether it’s a book you would recommend or not).
Bookish board games club
Instruct attendees to bring a book (or a few) to exchange for a book brought by another attendee. Note: This works best if you bring books you enjoyed and want to share with others, not if you are trying to get rid of books you couldn’t finish or hated.
Get your bookish friends together to visit your favourite indie bookstores. Browse, grab that new release you have your eye on, or pick up a whole stack of new books (maybe bring a tote bag or two).
Literary event group
Check out event listings in your city for book events and organize a group to attend readings, talks, book sales, etc.
Silent reading party
Gather in a member’s home or a coffee shop/pub/park to read alone but together. This is a great option for readers who like the idea of a book club but who just want to read and not talk.
Do you have any other ideas for non-traditional book clubs?