Today I’m sharing all of my tips for how to start a virtual book club. I’ve never been great at consistently going to an in-person book club. But amazingly, I’ve been in a virtual book club with mom and sisters for more than three years!
The women in my family live all over the country, and the book club has been such a fun way to stay connected.
As the years have gone by we’ve really learned how to streamline the whole thing, and I’m excited to share my ideas for how to get your own virtual book club started.
1. Send Out Invitations
The great thing about a book club is that you can start one with any group of people in your life: local friends, college friends, family members, co-workers, church friends, etc. No matter who you want to include, the first step in starting a virtual book club is to create an invite list and send out invitations.
I love using Canva to send out all kinds of invitations, and the book club invite is no exception! In fact, I created a book club invitation that you’re welcome use as you start your own virtual book club. Just download, customize in Canva (it’s a free website!), and then text or email the cute design to your friends or family. CLICK HERE to view and edit this design.
2. Create a Schedule
Once you’ve sent out the invites to your book club, it’s time to get everyone’s input and create a schedule that works well with everyone’s calendar. It usually works well to have a set day each month, such as the third Wednesday of the month. Then you’ll need to set a time (across several time zones!) that you will meet.
A different person in the group chooses the book each month, and that person is also in charge of leading the discussion. In our group, we started with the oldest person in the group and went down in age.
3. Send Out a Reminder
Life gets busy, so it’s smart to send out a reminder a few days before every book club meeting. We’ve been really flexible with our book club. Sometimes not everyone can make it or someone hasn’t read the book, and that’s okay! We still make it a priority to hop on the call for a few minutes and spend some time chatting, whenever we can.
My Book Club Recommendations
And in full transparency, I usually listen to the books on Audible. If you’ve found you don’t have much time to sit down and read a hard copy, I’d highly recommend audiobooks! I “read” so much more if I can listen and it’s been so fun. I also usually check the free Libby app to see if audiobooks are available to “check out” from there. All you need for the Libby app is a library card.
We’ve read a wide variety of books over the past three years. Sometimes, someone picks a book and then finds that it’s not what they expected. It happens to the best of us, yet it’s easy to feel some ownership over it if you choose a book that’s a flop.
Ultimately, I think your group will be understanding. But if you’re looking for some reading inspiration, here are some of my favorites:
*Note: everyone has different levels of comfort in books with language, content, etc. I didn’t rate these books for that reason, but I recommend looking at reviews on GoodReads or Common Sense Media to decide if you want to read any given book or not.
Happy Reading with Your Virtual Book Club!
And that’s all there is to it! Our virtual book club has been so much fun, and it’s actually pretty easy to get one started. Follow these three steps, and you’ll be well on your way to an established virtual book club. Happy reading!