5 Steps to Setting Up a Book Club

Contrary to popular belief, reading can be a social activity! Book clubs are a great way for like-minded people to come together to share their favourite reads and discuss them over good coffee.

  1. Step 1: Getting Started
    Simply gather enough friends to begin. Start with a core group of 3 to 4 friends, and grow it from there. Book clubs ideally need about 8 to 12 people to be successful.
  2. Step 2: Deciding on your type of book club
    Decisions, decisions, decisions. What is your book club going to read – fiction, non-fiction? What is the tone of the book club – literary, light or in between? This is the best time to exercise your creativity on the kind of book club that you want and the activities your members will get up to!
  3. Step 3: The practical matters
    The devil is in the details and you will need to iron out these matters with your book club members. When, where and how is the book club going to be held. With everyone's busy schedules these days, a monthly meet-up at a conducive place (think good coffee and cake) is recommended.
  4. Step 4: Discussing the book
    Shhhh… we know that not everyone has finished reading or even read the book but doing a bit of preparation before the book club session can help to ensure that the conversation flows without awkward silences. Consider appointing a different person each time to come up with discussion questions that can help to keep the conversation going (and bring up to speed those who did not read the book).
  5. Step 5: Enjoy
    A book club is ultimately a time and place for you to enjoy each other's company in the presence of a book. So don't forget to relax and enjoy the discussion.

Get the full details on how to set up your own book club from Read! Singapore's Book Club Guide. Download the PDF here

If you would like to join an existing book club, check out this list of book clubs at our libraries. There are book clubs for different age groups, interests and languages.