Book Club Rules
For ALL types of book clubs!
Forming a book club is a wonderful way to make time for yourself during any phase of your life, while also providing a way to challenge your mind and learn from others' unique perspectives.
In order for book club to be successful, it must adhere to a basic set of guidelines, or, as we like to call them, the book club rules! If all members agree to the rules, you can look forward to a lasting book club where you will be sure to form a close bond and allow your minds to learn and grow from each book you read.
1. The first rule of book club is that you MUST read the book. This rule is self-explanatory, and may seem silly since you OPTED in to the club; however, time and life can get in the way of our intentions at the best of times. That said, you simply must read the book in order to participate in engaging and fruitful discussions when you meet. And trust us, if you google reviews for the book to try and cover up a no-read, you WILL get found out!
2. What happens in book club, stays at book club. We're serious! Book club discussions can push us deep into emotional territory, and that means often getting personal. Meetings need to be a safe place where all feel comfortable sharing without the worry of personal lives going public.
3. It is okay for members to respectfully disagree with each others' opinions; however, it is NOT okay for members to argue with, shame, or denigrate anyone over a difference in viewpoints. Everyone comes from varying religious, political, educational, and personal backgrounds, and part of what makes a book club successful is learning from each unique perspective. It's healthy to have civil debates where you challenge each other's views, but it is NOT okay to take it a step further and make anyone feel that their opinion is not worthy or meaningful. Remember, NO JUDGEMENT and KEEP AN OPEN MIND!
4. Stick to the meeting format EVERY month. It is very easy for a book club to turn into a monthly social gathering where members end up discussing everything but the book. While it's nice to have some catch-up time, if you stray too far from the purpose of the meeting (book discussion) it becomes unfulfilling. Trust us, we've been there. If the club sticks to the format every month, it helps keep everyone accountable. See the left sidebar for meeting format. Be open to adapt and change as necessary once the club gets into its personal rhythm.
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