Setting up a Reading Group
Things to think about
Who would you like to invite?
How big do you want your group to be and how often do you want to meet up? Lots of groups meet monthly so they have enough time to read the book.
Many reading groups read the same book with occasional meetings where they do something different. But you don’t have to stick to this model.
Find out how your local library can help support your group - staff are always happy to help.
There are lots of good websites with information about authors and books, as well as online reading groups and magazines. If you don’t have access to the Internet at home you can use the computers in your library.
Your first meeting
At the first meeting talk about how the reading group will work. How often will the group meet, where and when?
Reading Groups are a great way of getting people together - why not make it a social event?
Before you begin choosing your books you may want to get your group talking. Why not try one of the following ideas:
When you have read your book
To get the group talking about the book, try asking the following questions:
- Were you hooked straight away?
- Did you skip any boring bits?
- Who was your favourite character?
- Would you read another title by this author?
- What did you think of the ending ...and did you take a look before you actually finished?
Remember, everyone is entitled to their own views so don't take it personally if someone disagrees with you and hates the book you love!