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Top 40 Book Club : 2011
46 47 To theme or not to theme The theme of your club should create kinship and inspiration for exciting discussions. If you decide not to theme your club, members should collectively decide on what kind of books you don’t want to read. Alternatively, a different theme for each month can be fun. For example, ‘Black History Month’ – share lists of titles from your favourite indigenous authors. Timing of meetings Set a schedule and remember that consistency is important. Don’t forget people’s schedules and commitments change, so be prepared to be flexible around holidays or other busy times of the year. Choosing what to read Compiling a reading list for all members to vote on is a more egalitarian approach than one person choosing the books. Some books will be more popular than others, but it gives the members an opportunity to read books they would otherwise not choose. Read to discuss Don’t just show up at your book club and expect conversation to flow. Make notes as you read. Identify themes, symbolism and structure in the story. Think of stimulating questions to inspire in-depth conversation. ‘ .. .s ome books will be more popular than others, but it gives the members an opportunity to read books they would otherwise not choose ... NF>