What type of
books do you want to read? This should be
decided in advance. If your group is drawn
together by a common desire to read — for
instance — Science Fiction, then the process
will be easy. If not, then assess your group's
goals, and establish the types of literature you
wish to read.
Ask a few
friends. Three or four people is enough. Meeting
once a month is a typical arrangement, but of
course it will depend on members' schedules.
Allow at least two or three hours for
discussion. You would normally talk at least
that much to catch up on events. This time you
will have a more compelling focus for
Decide if your
group would like to discuss books over hors
d'oeuvres and drinks or snacks. This is always
more fun. Each month another member can play
host to the gathering and provide refreshments.
a title, you can ask the person who recommended
it to find out more about the author. You may
even find the author has a Web site and e-mail.
Go to the publisher's Web site to see if there
is a reading group guide and print it out.
thousands of questions you can ask about a book,
but the best one to get the ball rolling is:
Does the book work? If so, why? Were the
characters rendered fully? Were they real? Did
the writer create an atmosphere that you could
visualize? Was there a narrator? Was there a
point? Were you inspired?
good! It will spark the greatest of
conversations, and can often lead to an
understanding of more potent and complex issues.
There are many
different criteria set up by individual groups
in regard to how many people should read a
selected book. We highly recommend that everyone
in the group read the book. It will make for a
much livelier and fulfilling discussion.
Don't forget to
keep track of what your group has read. Perhaps
one person can be designated recordkeeper, and
you may want to include a brief critique.
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