Ask AnnieBlogs: Book club scoop!

on February 1, 2012 in Ask AnnieBlogs, I heart books. with 6 comments by

We’re gonna start something a little new today. Every now and again [read: whenever you email me], I’m going to answer questions you guys may have… I have no idea what kind of lunacy I’m opening myself up to, but I’m kinda pumped about it.

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So on Monday, as I was hustlin’ through my inbox, an email came through from Caroline asking all manner of questions about the book club I attend. And because our first book club of 2012 was on Saturday morning and because it is one of my very favorite activities, I will answer Caroline’s questions.

[And because I like Caroline. Obvi.]

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First of all, here are a few posts I’ve written in the past about book club(s):

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Caroline sent me a collection of questions about book club. Let the interview begin!

How do you start a book club?

Well, Caroline, you just find some friends who like to read. You pick a book. Then you say, “one month from today, let’s talk about this book.” Then you put it on your calendar and then you meet and talk about the book. You can find discussion questions online or just make them up yourself.

Another option – ask around! Maybe your friends are already book clubbing and you just don’t know! That’s how I got in this one in Nashville. A friend said, “I go to book club” and before the whole sentence was out of her mouth, I said, “CAN I PLEASE COME?!?” And thirty books later, I’m still there.

How many people should I invite?

If you get above fifteen, it is hard to have a discussion. But not everyone will read every book. Our list has about twenty girls on it, but we usually average between five and twelve girls at each gathering.

But listen. If there is only two of you, go for it! It’ll grow in time. No pressure.

How often do you meet?

We shoot for one book per month and one meeting per month. But it can be loosey goosey, especially in the summer when folks aren’t always in town.

What have you read?

Well, this isn’t an exhaustive list, because I’ve been in book clubs pretty consistently since 2005. But here are a few of my favorites over the years.

Phew. And we just simply pick books by telling each other what we like, hence the huge variety. You can either pick the book for the next month at the current month’s meeting or you can schedule out a few months in advance.

We have found that scheduling a few months at a time is good- then people can reserve at the library, decide which ones they want to read, that kind of thing.

So that’s how you do book club. It’s no biggie, it’s low stress, and you get to read amazing books that you would have never picked on your own!! Hope that answers all your questions, Caroline.

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Are any of you in a book club? Got more advice for Caroline? What’s the best book your book club has read lately?

If anyone else has questions for a future “Ask AnnieBlogs” post, bring it! Leave a comment here or email me at annieblogs [at] gmail [dot] com.


  1. Anna
    posted on Feb 01, 2012 at 7:49 AM  |  reply

    While I’m a southern girl in GA, I lived in CA for a while. While there, a friend and I had a book club. We alternated choosing books. Because my friend was from Maryland and somehow had never read Faulkner, I chose “The Sound and the Fury.” Needless to say, she banned me from ever picking books again!

  2. posted on Feb 01, 2012 at 11:08 AM  |  reply

    Not currently in a book club. But I need to join one. I am doing this challenge: and it’s pretty nifty.

    Now to add a completely un related comment, I went back to read the penguin book club post from a zillion years ago. You happened to blog about Titanic in the post before. Of course I had to click on that one as well.

    As an unashamed lover of Titanic, I feel it my duty to inform you that it will be rereleased in 3D on April 6, Good Friday.

    My question – on a scale of 1-10, how terrible is it if I watch Titanic and then attend David Platt’s Good Friday Secret Church? I’m pretty sure it’s gonna happen.

  3. posted on Feb 01, 2012 at 2:19 PM  |  reply

    I’m going to a new-to-me Book Club for the first time tomorrow night. We’re discussing Major Pettigrew Takes a Stand, which I’m thoroughly enjoying. And yes that means I haven’t finished reading it yet. I’ve got time.

    I visited a Book Club a year or so ago and it wasn’t a good fit. We had different expectations of what BC should be like. So it’s OK to visit and keep searching. Or just start your own and set the rules yourself. That’s what friends and I did when I still lived in Illinois and it was an absolute blast.

  4. posted on Feb 01, 2012 at 4:32 PM  |  reply

    Thank you so much, Annie! These are all great ideas… I can’t wait to get started!! 🙂 I’ll let you know how it goes!

  5. Camille
    posted on Feb 01, 2012 at 8:02 PM  |  reply

    I love that caroline emailed you and that you answered in your blog. She’s famous! :). And now she wants me to start a book club with her. And she is in Minnesota. And you know where I live. Should be interesting! And P.S. Aaron is on a health kick that has forced us to say no to chicken E. it’s been a sad month. 🙂

  6. posted on Feb 02, 2012 at 6:46 PM  |  reply

    Just read “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green. It’s another YA book that will take the adult reading world by storm. It just came out on January 10, 2012. Look at the reviews on Amazon–unbelievable! It’s sweet and deep and heavy and I can’t wait to read it again.

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