By Thando Naves / 1 of March 2021
Looking for a fun and wholesome way to connect with your girls while learning something new? It might be time to start that book club, girl!
A book club is a meet-up where the members read a selection of books in advance, then come together to share their thoughts and views with the group.
Let’s be honest – it can be challenging to finish reading a book. But if you know you’re working towards a book club session, it will make that goal *so much more* achievable. And it also means you have an accountability squad! Here’s how to host a book club brunch, complete with Shine Club Wine, at home.
Write a list of all the friends you’d like to invite to your book club. In our current climate, it’s probably best to keep it small and intimate. You know your friends and family best – pick the people who would enjoy the experience, be open to connecting with a new group of people and would commit to the process.
We all know how busy our careers, mom-life and personal commitments can keep us. Schedule book club meet-ups in advance. Every six weeks should be feasible for most people.
Once you have your members, you can set up a WhatsApp group and get planning. Download an app called Canva to make a simple design for an e-vite that will get your girls excited to get out their reading glasses!
The host (in this case, it’s you!) should select a theme for the month. What kind of books do you want them to review? Let your club know in advance so they can get their books and start preparing.
Send them a set of questions you would like them to cover in their review. Here are some questions you can ask:
- What were your first impressions of the book?
- Which character did you resonate with most, and why?
- What are some connections between the book and real life?
- What lessons can we draw from the book?
- Which passage or quote stood out to you?
You may choose to host the club at your home or rotate the venue each time. Cosy libraries, coffee shops, and book stores can also make for a suitable space.
If you are hosting at home, you will want to consider comfortable seating for everyone. Bring out your scatter cushions, put some fresh flowers in your favourite vase and light some candles to set an inviting mood.
Pick an after-lunch time slot so that the tummies are full. You will just need to prepare light finger foods, like croissants, for later. Don’t be shy to ask each member to bring along a snack. This is common and will take some of the pressure off you.
Wine is versatile and easily paired for all occasions. To add to the element of fun, you can create wine cards. Most wines have their flavour-notes described on the bottle, so it’s easy to create a graphic tasting card where all your guests can get clued up on each of the wines you choose. Again, use Canva for this.
To get more conversations going, get everyone to share their thoughts on the selection.
As the host, you will be setting the tone for the day. Build excitement with background music and make sure everyone is participating and having a great time.
While you sip on your wine, give each person a chance to check-in and do personal introductions with the group before you get into the books. You can also use the first meeting as an opportunity to brainstorm a name for your book club.
Some real and valuable discussions and lessons could come out of this session, so be sure to share some paper and pens for your members to take notes!