Many of us think of reading as a solitary activity, but it doesn’t always have to be that way. You can join a book club or online community if you love reading and you love discussing books with other people. We’ve put together a quick guide on joining book clubs and online communities that features the four essential steps you need to get started.
Step 1: Find Your Niche
The first step in joining a group is to find a niche that speaks to you. Many book clubs cater to different preferences, from poetry and historical fiction to non-fiction and science fiction. You can also look for in-person or online communities that focus on specific authors or genres. Do research on the clubs or communities that interest you to see who aligns with your interests.
Step 2: Register and Join
Once you have found a book club or online community that interests you, the next step is to register and join. Some groups are easy, welcoming everyone and inviting anyone to their next meeting. Others will require you to complete their membership requirements and wait for approval. The approval process for some groups may take a few days, so be patient. Once approved, you can begin to participate in meetings or discussion boards.
Step 3: Get Involved
Getting together with other people in person or online was the point of you joining the group. Don’t get shy now! Get involved by introducing yourself to the group, actively engaging in discussions and sharing your thoughts on the books you’re reading. You can also participate in any ongoing activities or events that your group is hosting, such as holiday book exchanges or virtual meet and greets.
Step 4: Starting a Book Club or Online Community
You could start a book club or online community if you cannot find one that meets your preferences. Advertise locally, such as in coffee shops and bookstores, if you want to meet in person. Use social media platforms to virtually reach out to fellow book lovers who may share your preferences. Establish the ground rules, decide on the frequency and mode of meetings, and find suitable books to read. Consider serving food or burning book-themed candles if you want to give your in-person meetings extra pizzazz.
Refer to our quick guide on joining book clubs and online communities to learn how to connect with fellow book lovers, even if you must start a club or community. Come shop our candle collection if you want to start a group and like our candle idea! Our online candle shop sells book-themed soy candles in permanent and seasonal collections for you and your group to enjoy.