A book club is a wonderful way to bond with friends and relatives who share your love of reading. During your gatherings, you can share your thoughts and conclusions about the story you've agreed to read. By setting the right ambiance, these discussions become even more enjoyable. Keep reading this blog for tips on the best ways to create the perfect atmosphere for book club gatherings.
Set Up the Room
As you prepare to host your book club, begin by establishing a room within your home where everyone can gather. This may be the perfect spot if you have a cozy nook where you enjoy reading. Most people choose a comfortable area in the home where guests can gather on the sofa or pull up a chair for a discussion.
Add pillows or place a soft blanket over the couch to make the room feel even cozier. Additionally, light a candle or two to create a relaxed ambiance. At Frostbeard, you can purchase the perfect candles for book lovers—some even pair wonderfully with specific story settings.
Put Out Snacks
A book club is a social gathering, and setting out a few tasty snacks helps create an inviting space. Consider what types of food your guests prefer to eat and drink or get menu inspiration from the story. For example, if you just read a Victorian Era novel, finger sandwiches, small pastries, and some Earl Gray tea help you further engage with the story.
You could also make the book club a potluck event where each guest offers to bring something different. If you do this, use a group chat to ensure everyone knows who's bringing what.
Create Discussion Points
A few days before your book club meeting, create a list of discussion points and questions for your group. Send this to everyone a few days in advance so they can jot down ideas and think about what they'll say. This helps prevent "dead space" in your conversation.
As you create discussion points, list out a range of questions, such as:
- What were your favorite and least favorite parts? Why?
- What did or didn't you like about the writing style?
- What message did the story leave you with?
Remember that these questions are guides for the conversation, not a script. Sometimes, discussing the story's theme may lead you all to talk about specific events.
Set Discussion Rules
The final tip for creating the perfect atmosphere for book club gatherings is to set rules so everyone feels comfortable. We all may have different interpretations of the same story, and you should encourage this.
Remind everyone involved that conversations should remain civil. If two people disagree on an interpretation, have each explain their perspective. Arguments can leave everyone feeling tense and take away the pleasure of a book club.
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