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by Natasha Stewart (subscribe)
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Published August 22nd 2011
If you've got a love of books and reading, then why not join other like minded people and join a book club? There is no strict way for a book club to work, but basically books are recommended, people read them, and then they discuss them. Literary folks can discuss symbolism and hidden meanings, while others may just want to discuss why they like the book and how it affected them. Here are a few options if you want to get involved with a book club.



Start One Yourself
Starting a book club needn't be a daunting task. Ask a few of your friends who enjoy reading to join, and then you can even ask them to bring someone else along if you want to get a more diverse crowd. There are plenty of online resources that will help you choose books, as well as giving you tips for how to run a book club and how to get started, and tips on what discussions will help get the book club rolling. There is even a tutorial on WeekendNotes for stating up your own book club, including a great way to get free books for everyone to read. If you're unsure of what books to read you can try starting on lists like 100 All Time Books, or take recommendations from something like Oprah's Book Club.

Join a Local Book Club
If you want a book club to attend, but don't want to go through any of the drama of organising one, then you can try and find one in your area. The Adelaide Book Club operates at the Mary Martin Bookstore and Cafe in Norwood, and this can be a great one to join if you want to participate in book club discussions. You could also try getting in touch with your local community centre and seeing if they run any book clubs, or chat to them about starting one up.

Join an Online Book Club
If you're interested in a book club, but can't commit to meetings, or want to discuss books with people all over the world, then maybe you need to join an online book club. Just do a quick google search for 'online book club' and you're sure to get a few results. Book clubbing online can also be great for people wanting to join a specialist book club, like a Fantasy Book Club. You can even check out the WeekendNotes Book Club, where anyone can upload and suggest a book, and people can join in the discussion at any time.

You might choose to follow the First Tuesday Book Club on ABC1, you can watch the show on the first Tuesday of every month, read the books, and then join in the discussion on the message boards. You could take a different turn and have a movie book club, watching, reading, and discussing books that have been turned into movies. At least it would make it a bit easier for all those people who watch the films instead of reading the book.

Joining a book club can be a great way to meet new people, or to reconnect with old friends. There are lots of resources out there to make sure your book club is a success, and so many books out there waiting to be read.
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30/10/2013: Sadly, Mary Martin Bookshop is no longer. Perhaps it's time to update article or edit. Thank you, JJ
By jenni - reader
Wednesday, 30th of October @ 12:57 am
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