How To Start A Book Club

Do you like reading, but don’t always have someone to share your thoughts with? Start a book club with friends, family, or members of your community and connect with literature. It is a great escape and can be a fun way to chat about books. But first, you need a book club! You can try finding some in your community or you can start your own. Here are a few steps on how to start your own book club, if you feel up for the challenge:

Spread the word. 

Having participating members of a book club can be one of the biggest factors. Without a group there’s no one to chat with! Spread the word through social media or email some friends you think would be interested. 

Figure out the best time to meet. 

Everyone’s schedules are different, and while meeting in person is primarily the best option it is not the only one. You can designate time to chat on Facebook and create your own group, or even chat over the phone. But knowing everyone’s schedules and planning the best time would be very helpful. 

Go over the ground rules. 

Rules should always be established. For instance: how often will you meet, how will you choose the book, how long will the meetings go and so forth. 

Decide on the tone and theme of the book club. 

Will you focus on favorite genres, amazon bestsellers, or movie adaptations? Having a focus in the beginning will create a smooth transition for all the members. 

Keep a journal. 

The content is totally up to you! But keep track of the books you read and what you liked or disliked. It would be a great way to jot down your notes for when it comes time for the meeting, and helpful when you try to recollect something from a previous book. 

Book clubs are a great way to go out of your reading comfort zone and enter a reading community. You will find it so inspirational to chat with others about a book and just have fun.

Happy Reading!

Book Inspired Vacations

Wherever you are in the world make sure you take the necessary time for yourself! Here on the east coast it is getting warmer each day, which means everyone will be planning their summer vacations! In order to stay on theme for this blog, we have come up with several must do vacations for all you book lovers out there, check them out!

Romeo and Juliet in Verona

Take a trip to Italy and explore what is arguably Shakespeare’s most famous work. Verona still has historic places that were standing during the story of the doomed lovers in the 16th century. Juliet’s balcony is the epitome of the locations and Verona remains a tourist destination for this reason.

Sherlock Holmes’ in London

Sherlock Holmes, along with his sidekick Watson, spent many stories in the streets of Victorian London looking for clues and suspects. Take a trip to England and walk through some of the same cobblestone streets and narrow lanes of Homes’ era. 221B Baker Street is now a museum, and you can also take a Sherlock Holmes Walking Tour to learn some more on the spot facts.

Lord of the Rings in New Zealand

Take a trip to where most of The Lord of the Rings was filmed. At more than 150 locations across New Zealand, there are many tour options to fit your needs. This dreamy destination could inspire anyone!

Outlander in Scotland

Get transported to your favorite Outlander location in Scotland on an Outlander tour! Walk in the footsteps of Jamie and Claire into Castle Leoch and on the cobbled streets of Cranesmuir. And let’s not forget about the standing stones!

Next time you’re planning your vacation maybe you can take your favorite book with you!

Happy Travels!

Where Do You Get Your Book News?

Do you want to keep up with the publishing industry news? If you do, there are many outlets to choose from! I have compiled a few of my favorites and maybe they will become yours too!

Keeping up with literary news outlets will allow you to stay up to date on current trends to better your own writing and literary journey. 

The Guardian

Offering more than just the current news of literacy, The Guardian has fiction, poetry and non-fiction reviews. As well as offering insight on children and YA books, they regularly conduct interviews with authors! The news is endless on this site, and they have something for everybody.

Literary Hub

I would say this site appeals to more of a younger crowd. It is vibrant and social media oriented, while giving you more than just the typical in your face news. Focus on your personal interests and browse their true crime reads or short stories. Even if you are not much of a reader you can get most of the news through their many genres of the Lit Hub Radio! How cool!

The New York Times

We cannot talk about news without The New York Times. They offer a book section wedged in between arts and style. While this site is definitely straight to the point, you know you will be getting an older demographic of news. However, It is always great to dabble in more than one site. Get a taste of the political side from the Times, then move on over to the lit hub for a taste of youth. 

Find the news outlet for you! It is great to stay in touch with things outside your realm of expertise and expand your mind. Hopefully one of these sites spoke to you and you can get your news on. Tell us some of your favorites too!

Happy Learning!

Share the Love – With a Valentine Card

The time of hearts and the color pink are upon us. Embrace this Valentine’s Day and make a handwritten card for your loved ones this year. There’s still more than enough time to get crafty!

This activity isn’t just for toddlers or elementary students (even though it is a great way to keep them occupied), you can tastefully make a card at any age. I hope these pictures will give you some inspiration:

Fingerprint Heart Tree

Embroidered Heart Card

Bouquet of Hearts

Hearts in a Jar

Don’t forget to add your own personal touch, and have fun with it! Add your favorite poem or inside joke to make it special. It’s what’s on the inside that counts!

Happy (almost) Valentines Day!