1. Three is the Den’s magic number. Whatever yours is, give your book club real choice and maybe even take a vote on what to read next - because we are all in this together.

  2. Be brave about your choices. In the past year we have found memoirs such as ‘Educated’ by Tara Westover have ignited the group’s conversation or even classics that touch a nerve such as Somerset Maughan’s ‘The Painted Veil’ and Maggie O’ Farrell’s recent winner ‘Hamnet’.

  3. Make your choices easy for your group. Offer up a book that comes with TV or film adaptation. In ‘21 the Den is keeping its eyes peeled for rediscovered classics such as ‘The Pursuit of Love’ which is scheduled for the screen this spring. Give your group the excuse to read as much or as little as they want and still feel a part of the discussion. Or offer up a short read. Or a collection of essays or short stories such as Murakami’s ‘Men Without Women.’

  4. Don’t be afraid of the challenging novel. Sometimes a gritty read such as ‘Shuggie Bain’ is exactly what you need.

  5. It’s more difficult in ‘21 to find the perfect excuse to miss a book club night. But you can and there’s no need to feel guilty or ashamed. Or simply join the zoom meet to be part of the chat. We are allowed plenty of ‘get out of jail free’ cards in lockdown. 

  6. The funny/light pick is good too. Why not?! You don’t have to be a book snob or feel guilty about ‘burying your head in the sand’. Dolly Alderton’s ‘Ghosts’ or ‘The Cactus’ by Sarah Haywood are great easy reads.

  7. Keep your group motivated – send reminders and arrive with plenty of recommendations – and don’t forget if you are stuck for ideas – check out the Den’s Library!!

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