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It's funny how quickly our weeks are taken up. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday are all impossible for me, but although Wednesday isn't great either lol, I'm sure I can make it work!
How frequently were you thinking of meeting? I've never been in a book club so I don't know what the norm is...or even if there is one!
I'm ok with travelling up to Hahndorf, but I'm equally happy to move around to make it a bit easier for flossybeth. (I baulked at a forty minute drive, an hour would be !)
Love Snifter's thoughts re. using library sets; didn't even know they existed. Guess it shows how popular book clubs have become . Will you select a book before the first meeting, or decide at the first meeting?
I will be keeping an eye on your thread, Cherryripe, and look forward to meeting up with you all.
The book club I go to meets once every 4-6 weeks. We meet a someones house so take it in turns to bring nibbles. Two of us usually do this, one savoury, one sweet and we usually have 5-10 people. Meeting at a cafe or pub would obviously solve the nibbles issues ;)
Library sets - What we did to start us off was have a meeting so we could all meet each other (as some of us were friends with one person, didn't know the rest for example), chat, share what our reading likes/dislikes are, get to know each other and peruse a long list of books from the library that we could borrow a set of for the numbers we needed.
We all suggested a few books from the list that caught our eye. Then we whittled those down (ie if some of us had read one and didn't want to re read it, we crossed it off). So we tried to find all new books or ones some of us didn't mind to read again. I think we all came up with at least 5 books each we liked the sound of, if not more for some of us .
Then once the short list was agreed on, ie we had a good list to start us off and didn't mind which one of those the library had in stock, one of us would go collect them all. Then we picked them up from the persons house over the next couple of weeks but had also said we'd have another meet up if not to get them all out or if someone could not get over in the time could borrow from their local library. Then we had 3-4 weeks to read the first book and the second one was already waiting for us at the next book club meeting iirc.
My only suggestion re the book to kick things off, don't go for a really heavy going one. Some people struggle to get into a book and I know we started off with a good light one and then the second book was We Need To Talk About Kevin and all of us found that really hard going for various reasons and some could not, would not finish it (which is fine and it makes for interesting convo as to why they could not) but we all agreed that the really heavy material was perhaps better discussed on before we got stuck in in future. We usually discuss the short list and opt for 2 or 3 possibles each time from that to try to get and usually manage to get one of them. If none are in, we email so we can agree on which others ones to try for.
Occasionally, usually over the summer hols we tend to have a free for all where we can choose any book to read and then come back and talk about to the group. Often it has others going away to read the books discussed. Last summer my reading had been the Captain Underpants series as my son was wanting me to read them after him so we could talk about them. So I took them all along to book club, we had a lot of laughs about them. Also we sometimes suggest a new book out that is much talked about but getting copies can be tricky so can mean sourcing your own.
I'm a tentative follower too. :)
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OK so did anything ever come of this idea? @Cherryripe went quiet so not sure if anything happened.
If Cherryripe doesn't come back sometime soon to let us know, does anyone want to carry on and arrange a meet up one evening? If Cherryripe does then pop back up she can of course jump in on it all :)
We can plan ahead, say a months notice to give people time and hopefully have a clear night or two to choose from. I know in a few weeks I'll be down to being busy on a Weds evening only on weekdays but will need to wait for hubby to come home from footy training on Tues and Thurs but can hopefully wangle something.
PS - If we arrange a public place to meet the first few times and we get a nice little group going I am happy to offer to then have book club meet at my house once the weather warms up, if that appeals to others?
Last edited by snifter; 22-07-2016 at 10:32 AM. Reason: eta
That sounds great, Snifter!
I like the planning ahead, meeting in a public place, and potentially borrowing a book from the library rather than necessarily buying a copy!
Anyone else still fancy it?
Still dependent on where you're meeting but I'm still watching this thread.
So, a few of us ladies are still interested in a book club (and a chance to meet up and chat ) and we put our heads together and finally came up with a date, time and location for a meet up We are going for a southern hills area to meet up around Coromandel Valley way. Public place and all that to start us off.
Monday Sept 12 at 7pm is when we are getting together.
If you are interested in joining us feel free to drop a PM or reply here in the thread and I can let you know where we will be meeting. More than happy to have others from the forum join us :)
I'll go get the book club reading list for us to peruse on the night and we can see if anything appeals and make our own suggestions also of course. The idea to start is we can borrow the books we choose from our local libraries or the library book club rather than buying copies (unless you like to buy your books) and then arrange another meet up 4-6 weeks later to catch up and chat.
So, if anyone else is interested, give us a shout :)
I am still interested. I am in the UK at the moment back on the 8th Sept. We are then decorating our home in Hahndorf which has been rented out ready to move in early October, so will be pretty busy and probably won't make the Monday meet. Let me know the book you choose though and I will read it and hopefully be able to come to the next meeting.
Not a morning person!