September 5, 2012

Book Clubs

Years ago, I belonged to a large book club. I loved the idea of meeting every other week and exploring the ins and outs of the book of the moment. Unfortunately, sometimes the group rarely discussed the book and used this time to socialize instead. I get it. Girl's night out and all that. But I missed talking about the book. My solution was to join a smaller group that felt the same way I did. But, that didn't mean we didn't have fun either. The best book clubs are those that allow you to have a say in what you'll read (everyone gets to drop 2-3 titles into a hat), where you'll meet (either in a neutral location like a library meeting room or alternating host duties at each other's homes), and if there will be food, drinks, etc. Forming a book club sounds kind of easy, but it's really a good idea to set some ground rules and make sure everyone agrees.

That said, it's also a good idea to set up a calendar and plan a couple of special events once or twice a year to break up the monotony and lighten the mood a bit. After reading some pretty heavy stuff, my group completely switched gears and chose Harry Potter as our next read. The meeting was relaxed and fun.

And if you're really in the mood to do it up right, whether it's an annual kickoff dinner or end-of-the-year meeting, make it special. This outdoor table setting can be easily recreated indoors as well. Notice the book page tablecloth, the book "lights" overhead, and various books stacked to hold candles, flower arrangements, or even food. It's just lovely. (Check out this other book club idea over at Pizzazzerie.) Start a mother/daughter book club and steal this Nancy Drew party idea from Jacolyn Murphy. And if you're reading a food-themed book, from this list over at Good Reads, then have some fun creating a menu around the theme. Giada De Laurentis has a menu idea based on the novel Groundswell for you here.

Have fun!

Photos: Life On the Edge,and Style Files 


Amy said...

What an adorable table setting! So innovative.

Kimberly Merritt said...

Thank you, Amy. I'm glad you enjoyed the post and thank you for stopping by.

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Kimberly Merritt said...

I think it's rather magical, too. Thanks for visiting.