Do you love to read, but work, school, church, and family obligations keep you from joining a book club? How about considering joining or organizing a summer only book club? These short-term book clubs can be as informal or formal as you like. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
1) Workplace Book Club. Find some co-workers who love to read too and set up a weekly or monthly lunch break that features sharing favorite books. You can also choose a book to read together, setting up a potluck lunch with literary inspired foods. This article provides a lot of tips for making a workplace book club successful. The Aviator’s Wife by Melanie Benjamin is a book that would appeal to a wide variety of people.
2) Pool Buddies Book Club. Are days by the pool on your agenda this summer? Get together with others who love fun in the sun and pick a couple of books to read and discuss together. I like suspense and mystery fiction when relaxing, so here are two great books for pool-side reading — Cuts Like A Knife by M K Gilroy and Miranda Warning by Heather Day Gilbert.
3) Post Bible Study Book Club. In the summer, my church reduces the number of Bible studies offered. Many run only during the school year. For a good way to stay in touch and engaged, meet once a month for lunch or dinner with members and discuss a Biblically inspired novel. Here are a couple to consider. Return to Me by Lynn Austin is set during the Babylonian exile and Israel’s subsequent return home. The Crimson Cord by Jill Eileen Smith is a retelling of the story of Rahab. Love Amid The Ashes by Mesu Andrews combines the stories of Job and Dinah.
4) Family And Friends Vacations. If you are planning a vacation with friends or family, consider including a book club night. With a little advance planning you can find a book that is set in your getaway location. My book clubs have read a lot of novels set in great vacation spots — The Pirate Queen by Patricia Hickman (coast of North Carolina), Almost to Eden by June Hall McCash (Jekyll Island, Georgia), and Chasing Sunsets by Eva Marie Everson (Cedar Key, Florida). You can tell my clubs are big beach lovers!
5) Mother/Daughter or Father/Son (or any combination) Book Club. My kids always had summer reading lists and were big procrastinators. They would invariably wait until the end of summer to read those required books. Get together with other parents and join your kids in reading — a big encouragement! Make sure you make the meeting fun — special food and fun activities. This is a great way to get your kids engaged with reading and for you to read that classic you may have missed or skipped in school. The American Library Association has lists for every age.
6) Join an existing book club. My two book clubs are always excited to have new members join us, even for just a short time. Your local library may have a summer only book club planned as well. Call the library, talk to your reading friends, or google your way to short term fun!