Book Exchange Book Club

30 Apr

Basket ‘o books.

One of my most visited blog posts is “Celebrate with a Book Exchange Party.” It’s absolutely awesome how many people search for book exchanges online. A book exchange party is a great theme to any kind of party: bridal shower, birthday party, Christmas party, etc.

For the last few years I have always talked about starting a book club with my book loving friends, but I never made it happen. I was finally inspired a couple months ago after hearing a friend of mine share about a book she was reading for her club — a club that has been together for 15 years!

I had my invite list set, but before I formally invited them via an event invite on Facebook (that’s formal right?), I wanted to announce the first book we would read and discuss. While searching through endless lists of popular book club picks I couldn’t decide on the perfect one for launch night. The ladies I planned to invite varied from fans of young adult to chick lit to non-fiction. How do you make everyone happy?

That’s when I had the idea to make the club a book exchange club. Everyone brings a book of their choosing (wrapped of course) and everyone leaves with a different book. Genius! As the girls showed up they dropped their wrapped book in a basket and drew a number to determine the order of selection.

While “You’ve Got Mail” played in the background (great book movie!) we each announced our favorite book to movie before we picked out our wrapped book. After each book was opened, the person who brought it gave background information about it. Each book could be stolen up to two times, because sometimes we open a book we’ve already read or we saw someone open a book we REALLY want to read.

Next month when the group gets together we have the choice to bring the book we received on the first night, or we can add a new book to the exchange. We will also share with the group what we thought of the book we read over the last month. I will be sharing about “The Monkey’s Raincoat” written by Robert Crais.

Of course these book exchange nights are enjoyed with treats!

What suggestions do you have for a book exchange?

2 Responses to “Book Exchange Book Club”

  1. June July 10, 2014 at 11:31 pm #

    I’ll be starting the same thing next month. Great idea about allowing steals!

    • somerbhanson July 10, 2014 at 11:40 pm #

      Thanks for the comment, June! They seriously make the best parties! Hope you get something good! 🙂

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