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Top 40 Book Club : December 2009
TIPS FOR A SUCCESSFUL BOOK CLUB The most successful book clubs are those where members meet regularly and take turns to select books and lead the discussion. Here are some other tips to ensure your book club success. CHOOSE YOUR BOOKS WISELY The best books are those that reveal an important truth or provide a profound sense of kinship between reader and writer. Books about contentious issues or hot topics are often excellent choices to generate exciting book discussion. ENCOURAGE HEALTHY DEBATE Book clubs are all about debating ideas and opinions in a social, informal and friendly atmosphere. Healthy debate, differing views and acceptance of other people's reactions will enable excellent discussion to take place. DON'T BE AFRAID TO CRITICISE A BOOK Some of the best book discussions centre on books that many group members dislike. Just remember to get beyond the "I just didn't like it" statement and think about what was it about the book that made it unappealing. Was it the style or the characters? Has the author written other books that you liked better? Did it remind you of another book that you liked or disliked?