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March 6, 2014 10:00 am

Join a Book Club for World Book Day!

Have you  ever been tempted to join a book club? Try it…’ll like it!

We love discussing our favorite books over a glass of wine. Add some cheese and grapes and you are all set for a wonderful evening with friends. The book club voted Best in Canada has been going for more than thirty years. Many of the original members are still enthusiastic participants.


A book club is a great opportunity to get together with like-minded friends to discuss many books you might not otherwise choose to read yourself.  If you generally read only fiction how could you know that, “The Man Without A Face-The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin” might come up at your book club just as the Sochi Olympics were running? Or that it would be such a fascinating (and frightening) read??

In today’s online world, you don’t have to go out to join a club that gives you a great sense of belonging and companionship. You’ll probably have to provide your own wine though!

The Afterword Reading Society

The Afterword Reading Society is found at the National Post newspaper in Canada. Each week, members have the chance to enter a draw to win one of 25 copies of a book and to write a short review of it for the newspaper. Members’ questions to the authors are showcased in the newspaper each week. Every Saturday, members have the chance to be published with a review of a book they have recently read.

The Guardian Book Club

This book club is chaired by John Mullan, an English professor at University College in London. Every month, the Club chooses a specific book to read. Each choice is reviewed in the arts section of the newspaper by Professor Mullan. Discussions with the authors are made available on free podcasts.

At, members are promised, “quality books, good people and great conversations.” Books of all kinds are discussed in active forums and you can opt to become a discussion leader at the site. If you are looking for a great new book to read, you’ll find wonderful suggestions and tempting descriptions at the “What Are You Currently Reading?” forum in the club. 

The community at onlinebookclub is very lively with lots of interactive discussion groups, forums and great recommendations in many different genres.

Encourages you to join groups that concentrate in your own areas of interest. If you love talking about books that have been made into movies, the books2movies group is a great option for fiery discussions about whether the book or the movie was better. In the Into the Forest Group, you can delve into the dark mysteries of ogres and magicians and elves with many others who love reading this genre.

Not convinced about the advantages of book club membership? Try a wonderful book written by a niece and aunt team n 2008. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peeling Society make you long to join a book club, or even to establish your own!