Joining a book club
If you want to read more, you might want to think about joining a book club. I’ve done it twice to get me to do just that and I was fine with the smaller books that appealed but then in both cases the other suggestions were books that really didn’t appeal (one was the brick-like Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina) and while I probably would have enjoyed them (because we often do), my reading time is precious so, in the end, I wanted to read what I wanted to read.
If you live in the UK, Book Club Info (also see below) has a great map of book clubs: http://www.bookgroup.info/041205/directory_map.php.
More specifically, if you live in London, Time Out magazine has a list of book clubs: http://www.timeout.com/london/books/londons-best-book-clubs.
Meet Up is a great place to find book groups in the US, UK, Canada, Italy, anywhere.
There’s a forum for those who love books: http://www.bookclubforum.co.uk/community.
Running a book club
The BBC Radio 4 has tips on running a book group.
The Times Magazine also has some tips.
Book Group Info has regularly book-winning competitions for book groups: www.bookgroupinfo.co.uk.
Bestseller.about.com has a list of recommended reads.
Lit Lovers has a list of their favourite books.
As does Goodreads.
Reading Groups Guide: http://www.readinggroupguides.com/content/index.asp.
Other useful links
- Richard & Judy’s Book Club has changed many an author’s life.
- Oprah’s Book Club has also been wildly successful.
- The Guardian newspaper has a monthly book club.
- ipl.org has a great Love to Read:Finding Books and Book Clubs page.
- Book Group Buzz is a ‘booklist blog’.