Taking Book Club Online: The Basics

August 21, 2020

So in-person book club meetings have been postponed indefinitely. That doesn’t mean it’s time to just drop your reading habit. You can still adjourn book club virtually until it’s safe to meet in person again. Follow these steps to host a flawless virtual book club.

  1. Pick your book. First things first: decide what you want to read. You can never go wrong with something from the NY Times Best Sellers list or a trending book on Amazon. However, if you’re looking for something a bit more relevant and timely, check out this list of favorite books from Black authors and bookstore owners.
  2. Set a date and time. If you usually make this decision in person, you can take it online for the time being and enlist a website like Doodle or Survey Monkey. These user-friendly websites allow you to email book club participants a link to a survey or poll that will let them mark off the evenings and times they’re available to “meet.” It’s much faster than sending an endless string of reply-all emails.
  3. Get the Zoom link ready. In order to avoid technical difficulties on the evening of the book club, figure out which video platform you want to use well in advance. Zoom is one of the easiest options since all you have to do is set up a meeting time and send a link (no need to coordinate between different types of devices). Note that Zoom does have a time limit, but you can simply reopen the same link if you want to keep chatting after time runs out.
  4. Start planning snacks and drinks. Just because you’re not together doesn’t mean you can’t snack and drink as you normally do! To make things feel more cohesive, plan a menu of noshes and beverages that everyone can make in their respective homes. You might even want to whip up a signature drink so you can toast to the beginning of another book club!

How to Host a Virtual Book Club [Country Living]
Virtual Book Club: How to Start an Engaged, Online Club From Your Couch [Off the Shelf]
10 Tips for Hosting a Virtual Book Club [Bustle]

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