Start your own quarantine book club (or join mine!)

Good afternoon readers and writers!

I hope you’re all keeping safe and well amidst the craziness out there. In this house we’re doing or best to come up with new ways to keep busy and I had a pretty good idea (if I say so myself) that all began because of a simple mistake on Amazon’s behalf.

It started like this:

I’ve been rewatching about every good TV show I’ve ever seen these past few weeks and among them was BBC’s Sherlock starring Benedict Cumberbatch. It got me thinking how I’ve never read the Sherlock Holmes stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and I made an immediate trip to Amazon to pick up a copy. When my package arrived I was surprised to have received two copies instead of one, in all honesty it was probably my mistake rather than Amazon’s, I have been in rather a wine induced haze these last few weeks, and I started wondering what to do with the spare copy. Should I give it away as a gift? Send it to a friend? And I finally had the thought, why not start a book club? I’ll entrust the extra copy to my boyfriend and every Saturday we’ll take the time to read a chapter and discuss it together. The Sherlock Holmes stories are handily divided into chapters of a good length (about 25 pages), so it wasn’t a daunting proposition for my fiction-adverse boyfriend.

Upon hearing of my book club scheme, some of my other families were keen to join in and now it’s become an unexpected bit of fun that makes me incredibly happy, being about the only person in my household to read regularly.

Today we had our first session and it was thoroughly enjoyable, especially for me who has no discipline when it comes to reading and whiz through books or don’t finish them at all. I like being made to read a section at a time, it’s very satisfying and calms me down. It also means that we can set aside some dedicated non-screen time in the week and sit down in quiet and peace, which I really appreciate.

Starting your own mini book club among friends and/or family has never seemed like a better idea to me. Even if you live alone, you can read your agreed book and hold the discussions over Skype, Facetime or phonecall.

Of course, you’re all welcome to join my Sherlock book club, I’ll be posting about it on my Instagram and Twitter account later today.

My Book Club

The adaption we’re reading from: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/0008182221/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o02_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Our reading schedule:

Chapter 1 – A Scandal in Bohemia – 18th-24th April

Chapter 2 – The Red-headed League – 25th-1st May

Chapter 3 – A Case of Identity – 2nd-8th May

Chapter 4 – The Boscombe Valley Mystery – 9th-15th May

Chapter 5 – The Five Orange Pips – 16th-22nd May

Chapter 6 – The Man with the Twisted Lip – 23rd-29th May

Chapter 7 – The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle – 30th-5th June

Chapter 8 – The Adventure of the Speckled Band – 6th-12th June

Chapter 9 – The Adventure of the Engineer’s Thumb – 13th-19th June

Chapter 10 – The Adventure of the Nobel Bachelor – 20th-26th June

Chapter 11 – The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet – 27th-3rd July

Chapter 12 – The Adventure of the Copper Breeches – 4th-10th July

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If you want to start your own book club, these are my recommendations for getting it going and actually convincing your friends and family to join:

  • Pick a book with mass appeal (something like Sherlock Holmes or Harry Potter), it’s helpful if everybody’s familiar with the premise and likes the idea of the story. This is especially useful when convincing people to join you who haven’t read a book since their GCSEs.
  • Divide the book into sections, extra helpful if the book is already divided according to sections or chapters.
  • Start a WhatsApp group to keep everyone updated, I love an excuse for a new WhatsApp group- makes me feel connected in the world.
  • Set a specific time to read and/or discuss the sections you’ve read.
  • Lure people in with tasty snacks, homemade cookies have worked a treat so far!
  • Enjoy running your book club!

If you decide to start your own book club I wish you all the luck in the world at getting people involved. I really hope I can keep everyone motivated in mine, it’s been so enjoyable so far and I really want it to continue. I hope it will be something we can keep up even once quarantine is over, it’s a great feeling sharing my love of reading with the people I love.

Wishing you all the best in these wild times,

Happy reading!

Celine x

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