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Reading Group Resolutions

We know you love your book club, but there are probably one or two things that you’d change if you got the chance. Maybe you’ve seen attendance slipping, or you’ve fallen into a rut with your book picks. This year, resolve to improve your reading group! Read on for a list of resolutions that you—and your whole club!—can make this year.

1. Resolve to meet. Nothing demolishes a reading group faster than too many no-shows. Set a minimum attendance level for each meeting. If your RSVP list dips below that limit, reschedule. Consider setting a general membership amnesty policy: if someone is too busy to participate, let them know that it’s okay for him or her to leave the group. It’ll help you maintain your friendships, and it will help your group to accurately plan meetings.

2. Resolve to have something to talk about. Having trouble thinking of what to say in your reading group meetings? When you’re reading, keep a pad of paper nearby and write down any questions that occur to you. Don’t be shy to ask your fellow members if you don’t understand a plot point or reference that the author makes. If you’re really having trouble thinking of what to discuss—or if you find that you’re having trouble thinking on your feet— consider perusing the book’s reading group guide before you meet.

3. Resolve to have an outing. If you’re tired of your reading group’s meeting routine, consider taking it outside! Has your book club pick been turned into a movie? Go see the movie together, then discuss the differences between the film and the source material. Is your book club pick set in a particular location or time period? Consider planning a road trip, or visiting a local museum to get a sense of the history. If travel is out of the question, check out our Armchair Adventurer features—and go on a trip without leaving your living room!

4. Resolve to read a classic. Sure, it’s fun to keep up with the latest literary sensations, but there are probably a few books that you’ve been meaning to read for years and years. Classics are sure to spark an interesting discussion, particularly if some members of your group are re-reading while others are approaching the book for the first time. Here are some classic books that make great reading group choices.

5. Resolve to eat something. Food and books…need we say more? Cook up a meal that fits right in with your group’s latest pick. For ideas and recipes (some from authors!), take a look at our Recipe by the Book features.

Do you have any tips for your fellow reading group enthusiasts? What are your reading group resolutions? Tell us all about it in the comments!