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Mar 21, 2024

How to Join a Book Club or Start Your Own

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Joining a book club is the best way to take the next step in your literary adventure, but finding the right one can have running around in circles. Fear not, however, we are here to help with this easy-to-follow guide designed to help you find an online book club, discover a book club in your area, or show you how to set up your own. So, sit back with a cup of tea, as we take you through the fundamentals of the humble book club.

What is a Book Club?

Every book club is unique, it depends on who is running it and the people involved, at the core of any club though is a shared love of reading. A book club is a place where like-minded people can gather to share their thoughts, opinions, and ideas on a particular book. But how do they work? Well, it changes from to club, but usually, the club collectively chooses a book to read; they read it and discuss it. It’s a simple concept but one that lets people socialise and talk about their favourite books.

How Can I Find Book Clubs Near Me?

If you are like the thousands of other avid readers out there and you want to take your reading to the next level, join a local book club. There are a few options out there to help you get started. Let’s take a look at some options available to you to start your search:

  • Local Library: It is likely that your local library will have its own book club that you can join, or they could play host to an independently run club that you could join.
  • Independent Book Shop: local book shops are a great place to look for clubs, there’s a strong chance that they could be running their own club, or they could pass on the information of a club in the area.
  • Community Centre: Community centres are a great place to hold a book club so it is definitely worth enquiring to see if there is anything going on already.
  • Facebook: Hop on the local community page to put the feelers out for a book club and wait for someone to get back to you.
  • Online Search: There is a chance that your local club could be listed online sites like or Find a club, so it’s definitely worth jumping online and having a look around.

Online Book Club

Build Anything. Build Ever (13).png If you are struggling to find a book club that suits your area, you always have the option to join an online book club. Become a member of the enormous online reading community by joining one of the thousands of digital book clubs that currently exist. Check out the following sites to see if there are any clubs that could suit you:

Struggling to Find a Book Club?

Starting your own book club is a lot easier than you might think. Starting out on your own can seem a little daunting we will admit, but with this simple guide, we will walk you through the initial stages and help you get your very own up on its feet.


Start Your Own Book Club

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Why Start a Book Club?

Book clubs are a great way to bring the people in your community together around a shared interest. Whether it’s just a close-knit group of friends or open to the public, a book club is a great opportunity to promote literature and the sense of community in your local area.

What are the Benefits of Hosting a Book Club?

So, let’s take a closer look at what the benefits of creating a book club are:

  • Discover new books
  • Get the most out of your own books
  • Meet new people
  • Read more
  • Give back to your community

How to Host Your Own Book Club

So, what does it take to set up your own successful book club? Let’s have a look at the simple steps that you should take to get your club off the ground.

  • Spread the Word: get the word out and tell people about your book club. Whether you want it to be a small affair with only a few friends or a large-scale operation that is open to the public, getting the word out and figuring out the level of interest is a great place to start.
  • Find a Location: once you have a better idea of what it is that you are going to be hosting, finding the perfect location is the next step. For small clubs, hosting it at your house, or a local café or library might be a good option for you, however, if you’re to get more people involved renting out a public area like a library or a community centre might be the best course of action. You could always host your club online using platforms like Facebook, Zoom, Book Club, or Discord.
  • Decide on a Time: once you have decided on where to host your book club the next step is to figure out when and how often it will be held. Having a set time and date to meet up and discuss your books is essential if you want your book club to survive and thrive.
  • Establish the Rules: finally, you need to establish the rules, these could include things like how to choose the books, ways of making sure no one reveals any spoilers, etc. Whatever your rules are, remember it’s just a bit of fun.

What to Do with the Books That I Have Read?

Build Anything. Build Ever (32).png Naturally, when you start a book club, you and your club members are going to start finding yourselves with a pile of read books, which begs the question – what should you do with them? Luckily, we have the perfect solution! Once you have finished reading your books you can jump on the WeBuyBooks app or use the website to sell them, ensuring they don’t end up as clutter and make you a little extra cash in the process.

So, whether you are looking to broaden your literary exploits or simply looking for a place to chat about your favourite books, you now have the tools to create your very own book club. All that is left to do is jump on the internet or head out and get the ball rolling with your fledgling.

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