A history book club is a great way to combine some neat activities with a book discussion! Follow the standard book club guide for set up, hosting, and entertainment ideas.
Once you have figured the basics out, you get to be creative! Here are a few ideas for how to history twist your book club!
Your group can go one of two ways -
(1) Historical fiction or (2) Historical Nonfiction.
Historical fiction is going to be set in the past, based around a historical event, but have an invented story (think Rose and Jack in the movie, Titanic). Historical Nonfiction is any factual book based on a historical event. This type of book can range from a textbook style to a narrative, or story-like quality. You might want to also choose a subgenre of historical nonfiction such as a US history book or a World history book theme.
The Book Club Meeting Twist
Once you have chosen the best history book for your group based on the history book reviews you've been reading, plan your meeting around the time period. Have a themed menu and ask your members to dress in costume! Visit our book club recommendations page for a little Q&A session on this topic.
Take a field trip as part of your History Book Report!
Here is where you really shake things up! Choose a book with historical base in your hometown. Then plan a fieldtrip around the event.
For example, if you live in (or near) Gettysburg, PA read Killer Angels by Michael Shaara then take a trip to the battlefields. Part of the reason readers are interested in belonging to a history book club is their shared fascination for things that really happened. What better way to end a great book discussion than to see where your story really took place? Get crazier - have the book discussion once you get there!
Find out what cool historical events happened in your home town! Just type in "historical events in (your hometown here)" and have fun finding a book that suits your needs.
Some books are meant to be discussed in detail. Here are some we recommend: