Groucho Marx once famously said, “I don't care to belong to any club that will have me as a member.” In that spirit, I believe that being part of a book club, a really awesome book club, can be a bit subversive if done right. In order to keep your book club from merely fizzling out, you need to first understand what your own expectations for what would make a satisfying book club. Usually that means leading it yourself, at least initially. So if you’re willing to run the group (which I’m betting you are, given that you're reading this book), review the questions below before you ever invite your first member.
One of the hardest parts about book club is often the scheduling, so if you are clear from the beginning about what your commitment will be, and what kind of commitment you expect from others in the group, everything else will fall in place. You can always be flexible if your first vision doesn’t magically fall in place, but generally it helps if there’s a structure in place from the outset. Asking these initial, clarifying questions will not only will it help you get clear on why you want to start the group in the first place, it will also solidify in your own mind your commitment and dedication towards the group. And if you’re all in, why should others be too?
Questions to ask before starting a book club that changes the world
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