Four ways to revitalize a tired book group
Who's the Blanche of your book club?

When it comes to book clubs, you know the drill: wine, cheese, spirited discussion of an NPR-endorsed book that only half the group has finished... followed by a spirited discussion of the school board president’s recent marital woes.

Change things up by trying one of these alternative book-club ideas. (Don’t worry: There can still be wine and gossip.)

Article Book Club Don’t have time to read The Goldfinch? Instead, assign two short, thought-provoking articles for members to read in advance and discuss in depth when you meet up. (May we suggest this heart-wrenching New Yorker piece?)

Book Club with the Author Believe it or not, a lot of big-name authors actually want to come to your humble discussion. (Jean Hanff Korelitz, author of You Should Have Known, for instance.) Check out MediaBistro’s list of willing scribes, or reach out to writers directly via their websites or social media accounts.

Film Buff Book Club Choose books with upcoming film adaptations and finish each discussion with a trip to the multiplex. Great spring picks include The Fault in Our Stars and Divergent.

Swingers Book Club Sure, your book club is great--but literary stimulation need not be monogamous! Seek out a different group in your area and ask if you can sit in on one session. You just might learn something.

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