Traditional book clubs are non-profit groups consisting of several members, approximately 8 to 11 persons, who enjoy reading books. They meet at least once a month to discuss a specific book or books that they agreed to read for that month. The genre of book depends on the leader of the group or the decision of the whole group. Voting system may be used to choose a specific book or a certain person assigned for the monthly rotation will choose the book to be discussed. It could vary from fiction, non-fiction, classic, poem or collection of articles. Traditional book clubs are more intimate and fun because it may be held in a member’s house or in a coffee shop or a restaurant, where the group can have their discussion. Other activities may also be present depending on the group. However, because of the busy schedule of the members, it may be difficult to set the date when every one of the members can attend.
With the rampant use of internet connection, book clubs dos not necessarily have to have meetings that need personal appearance. Book club members only need to post comment and suggestion on online sites. This is the type of book club for people that have a busy and unpredictable schedule. After joining an online book club, you can choose to discuss your point at any time of the day. There are also more online book clubs available in the internet than traditional book clubs. Unlike the traditional book club, where the members are mostly close relatives or neighbors that have the same culture, same experiences and same people that they interact with, with online book clubs a variety of points of views are available because of the different cultures, countries and experiences that online members have.
Joining book clubs are ways of people to make friends. Book club members get together to enjoy a day of discussion about their featured book for the month. When selecting the right book club for you, it important to take note first of your own personal preference. What books do you enjoy and what books make your skin crawl? It is important to discuss this first to your chosen book club as to not have future conflicts. While members can create their own guide questions, book guides are also available in the internet to help members discuss their chosen book for the month. It includes guide questions to help better understand the book and to guide book lovers discuss their own point of views.