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  1. Katariina
    November 18 @ 12:01 pm

    I love the idea of book clubs! I’ve never been a part of any, but it just sounds like fun way to connect with people and stay in. Great tips for starting one! Now I just need to find some friends 🙂 (We just moved cross country…)

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    • Jessica Manuel
      November 18 @ 12:38 pm

      We just did the same! Everyone you meet has potential. It only takes a couple of people to build momentum. Best of luck to you!

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  2. 20x20hindsight
    November 18 @ 3:25 pm

    These are some really great tips! Reading has always been a love of mine and it sounds so silly that I’ve never been a part of a book club and didn’t stop to think, you know, I should start my own 🙂 You’ve given me alot of think about.

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    • Jessica Manuel
      November 18 @ 8:40 pm

      I’m so glad! I hope you can find the right people. It only takes a few, but if you can get up to 5 or 6 enthusiastic readers, it’ll be the perfect size (in my opinion 🙂 ).

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  3. belletristgamer
    November 18 @ 3:36 pm

    I’ve been thinking about either joining or starting a book club lately–maybe I will give this a try 🙂

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  4. GingerGoose Boutique
    November 18 @ 8:29 pm

    This is such perfect timing. I would love to be part of a book club but there aren’t many around that I know of so this is a great idea and great tips. It’s getting to the colder weather too so perfect curling up and reading a book weather!

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  5. Bethanie
    December 8 @ 4:21 pm

    Do you have any tips for developing good questions to engage book conversation? I feel like we end up just chatting about life after a few minutes of talking about the book!

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    • Jessica Manuel
      December 9 @ 11:03 am

      My best tip on that front is to write them ahead of time. I usually have between 15-20 questions and we only ever get to half of them, but it helps drive the conversation. We end up talking about the book from various angles. When writing questions, start broad and talk about themes that emerge in the story or chapters for non-fiction. If it is non-fiction, you can analyze the organization of the argument. Next you can talk about the cultural moment. What does the work say about society and culture in the time it was written? Then try to narrow in on the different motivations of main characters. What do you know about their background? How do they make decisions? That kind of thing. And follow up questions can always relate to whether your book club members would make the same decision, etc. Depending on when the book was written will often dictate the answers. Before busting out the questions, I always go around and ask everyone simply if they liked it. Everyone has a chance to share their initial reactions and we can get an idea if it made anyone uncomfortable, etc. I hope that helps! It should at least get you started.

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  6. Sarah
    April 22 @ 5:43 pm

    We used to have a neighborhood book club, but everyone just go so busy. These are great tips though, I may try to start it up again!

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  7. Natasha Viecco
    April 22 @ 5:51 pm

    I’m always looking for a great book club… Now I can start my own! 🙂

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  8. Pam Avoledo
    April 22 @ 9:33 pm

    I’ve always wanted to be a part of a book club. I get involved with the characters and I would like to hear other people’s persceptive on it. Great points!

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  9. joshandbrittanydyer
    April 23 @ 4:05 am

    Such great info! I have never been a part of a book club, but it sounds like fun!

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