Book Club and Wine Extravaganza
I was at work about a month ago when I had an epiphany; why don’t I start a book club? It has been something I have always wanted to be a part of, but something kept me from joining one for one reason or another. So with that idea in mind, I decided to send an Evite to some of my co-workers in an attempt to gather a good group for a monthly book club discussion. Since I was the one sending out the invite I decided on our first book, and thankfully everyone agreed. The book was, “The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment,” by Eckhart Tolle. I wanted to quickly share some tips on the benefits of joining a book club, as well as how to go about setting one up.
Book clubs are a great way to get to know people you spend little or no time with. Although the members of my book club are my coworkers, each one of us brings a different personality, culture, and opinion into the circle. Plus it gives us a chance to interact outside of the work place environment, and have some fun.
When you join a book club you explore various genres of books. Say you only read one particular genre of books, whether that may be self-help, mystery, non-fiction, fiction, etc. Mixing different personalities and preferences together, opens your mind to exploring various books outside of your own comfort zone. Since everyone gets the chance to pick a book each month, you have the opportunity to experience books you may have always subconsciously ignored.
Talking about the book you just read is just as helpful as listening to other peoples opinions. Maybe you didn’t catch the symbolism behind the books theme, or maybe you just want further clarification. Either way, getting to verbalize what you read, and listening to what others have to say, can help deepen your experience of the story.
You get to enjoy great food and wine (if you’re a wine drinker). Aside from talking about the book, a book club can serve as a potluck gathering. If you are meeting at a house like we did, each one of your friends can bring a dish, a bottle of wine, and great conversation. So while you partake in deep discussion, you simultaneously indulge in food and wine.
Since this was my first time hosting a book club, I wasn’t quite sure where to start, but I managed to put some things together. Here is what I did:
Set up a theme, time, and date. First things first, we had to come up with a good date and time to host the book club. The theme that I chose was simple, “Book Club and Wine Extravaganza!” You can be a little more creative of course and come up with something more specific. Maybe even themes based on the book the group is currently reading.
Decide on a location for the meeting. This time around I hosted the book club at my house, which I find more intimate, but you can also meet at a cafe if you wish.
Have everyone contribute to appetizers, and drinks. I provided appetizers and wine of my choice, but had others bring something they wanted to contribute. This piece can be more organized in an effort to avoid bringing the same thing. Unless its wine, you can never have enough bottles of wine. 😉
Select background music. This piece may not seem important, but having the right background music is an important aspect of allowing fluid discussion to take place. This can also be selected based on the groups preferences.
Be prepared for the discussion. This may mean highlighting things in the book, pre written discussion questions, notes, etc. This helps the discussion run more smoothly, and for a longer period of time.
You don’t need to talk about the book the entire time you are together. Of course the main purpose for meeting is to discuss the book, but it’s okay to carve out some time before and/or after for some much needed chit chat. The point is to have fun, while deepening your experience of the book!