When book club friends come and go
For those of us that have been involved in a book club for many years remember that sad feeling when a much wanted and beloved book club friend leaves the group. It's not because they didn't connect or didn't like the novels you've read but it's because they had to move away and leave a big gaping hole within your reading circle. Your book friend brought so much to the discussions, some of the best side dishes and really good novel suggestions just left your book club.
So what does your reading group do? Obviously, we mourn, shed a few tears and mourn some more until you come to the realization that your friend won't be a regular face at book club anymore. And as the saying goes, 'time heals all wounds' and so you must pick up the broken pieces of your reader heart and move on.
As your friends start to feel it's groove again and sees the light at the end of the tunnel that is when it might be time to bring in someone new that loves reading as much as your past book club friend.
In like Flynn
When it comes to bringing in a new member it seems everyone has someone they want to recommend to the group. With very few openings that come up for a vote a lengthy list of potential candidates gathers over time.
Names will start being discussed and within a few minutes a decision will be made and become a reality. Just remember that it has to be a good fit or the new member might drop out too soon.
Getting to know you getting to know all about you...
The word 'Initiation' is all in tongue-and-cheek for our newest of new member. In our book club it simply starts before the discussion. We introduce them to the group and ask if they can tell us a little about themselves and share their favorite book or books. By having them share their favorite novels it gives us a unique look into our book friend. Everyone knows that novels are a 'window into the soul' and it's fun information! Last, we include the history of our book club name (which comes from a book character of a much loved and admired author) and in the end we truly hope to make a good match that only time can tell.
So long, farewell, Auf Weidersehen, goodbye
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