How to Lead a Book Club

At this time last year, I was having mixed feelings about the book club I’d been in for a few years. On one hand, it was a group of close friends I enjoyed spending time with. For the most part, everyone read the book, and we had thoughtful discussions. On the other hand, we usually met after 7pm and everyone is asked to bring a food dish that somehow relates to the book. Members alternate hosting and choosing the book, so a couple times a year, I’d have a turn.

While I loved spending quality time with those friends, I was getting burnt out on the obligation this club imposed on me. And…