Hosted Book Club Meetings and Discussion Etiquettes
Inviting an author to your book club meeting to discuss their work is a great way for authors to get their work in front of groups and for book club members to meet and show support for an author. None of this is etched in stone – but if your club has been handling invitations and discussions in a “willy-nilly” manner, use these informative tips as a guide to “take charge” to make your future author visits a special event for both your club and the author.
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Staying in the Right Lane When a Book Has Gone Left: A Practical Approach to Writing Reviews for Bad Books
Book clubs are constantly sought after by authors and publishing companies to provide book reviews in hopes that we will post a favorable testimony about their written words. The goal of a book review is to help entice fellow book clubs and avid readers to purchase a book, which is an effective and inexpensive marketing tool to not only spread the word and increase sales but to also enhance the author's fan base for future book releases. So what happens if your book club agrees to provide a review when it’s painfully clear that the only bright future the book has is becoming a prop for your uneven coffee table? How do you go about providing a constructive critique so that the author and onlookers will find the value in your review and not feel that you're being cynical, condescending...or the forbidden...just being a “hater”.
Even bad books should be reviewed - that’s if you can make it through the entire book. How and what you convey in a review - good or bad, speaks volumes about your credibility as a reviewer and your book club as a whole. It's extremely important that your review match the star rating and an explanation is given in order to support that rating. If you say how well a book is written and give the author kudos for penning a great book but only give the book three stars, your book review will be unreliable because 1) You praised the book BUT gave it an average score 2) You didn't offer any explanation why you felt the book warranted a three star rating instead of giving the book a four or five stars despite the praise. For the author and readers this mismatched review is very confusing and contradicting.
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5 Tips for Planning Successful Joint Book Club Meetings
Recently, my book club travelled nearly two hours to unite with another club for a joint meeting. Our club had been discussing the desire to connect more frequently with other clubs and readers, and the relocation of one of our members provided us an opportunity to link-up with another group while including our former member in a meeting. In addition, the author of the book of the month gained the benefit of having two clubs simultaneously reading and discussing her book, and was accessible to us via Skype during the affair. Overall, our experience was wonderful, filled with establishing new relationships, bonding with old friends, and of course, books, food, and fun.
As much as our efforts worked well for us, poor planning and coordination of special gatherings can lead to disastrous occasions. To make the most out of your joint meetings, consider the following five tips READ MORE
Do I Really Have Time to Read? 11 Great Tips to Help You Get Your Reading Groove Back!
With the hustle and bustle of our lives, at times it can be difficult to find time to either start or complete reading material. You may have to change your behavior in order to achieve the goal of increasing or finding reading time. You cannot change time or your responsibilities but you can find creative ways to read and make the saying, “I don’t have time to read” obsolete. Even with today's technology, finding time to read should be easier; however, it's still one of the most difficult tasks for an avid reader. Here are eleven tips to help you increase and/or incorporate reading time into your busy schedule. READ MORE
Engagement Equals Effectiveness: How to Taylor Your Book Discussion Question for Every Member
As the facilitator for the book club’s discussion, it is important that you prepare for the discussion in advance in order to produce an effective and engaging discussion among all members. Most clubs have a few selected members that will readily engage in the book discussion, while there may be other members that hardly and/or avoid participating in the discussion. In order to have a well-rounded and effective book discussion, all members should participate in the discussion.
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