By Sue Dittmar
Joining a book club can seem impossible if you don't know where to look but you'll find like-minded book lovers at the following tried-and-tested places.
BOOK CLUBS IRL
Always the best place for aspiring book clubbers to start. Head to the reference desk and ask the person there about book clubs she's sure to have some information. You might find a discussion group devoted to mysteries, bestsellers, nineteenth-century classics, or all of the above. And if not, don't despair: you can always head to a different branch.
Another invaluable resource, independent bookstores in particular tend to have staff-led discussion groups that typically read across a broad spectrum of genres and eras, while some host private private groups devoted to specific types of books. As an added enticement for the budget-minded, these clubs frequently offer a discount on selections to say nothing of the diverse clientele a bookstore-led group is likely to bring to the table. And don't forget to check the community bulletin boards most bookstores have hanging somewhere near the entrance: book clubs seeking new members frequently post fliers there.
Meetup & More
Try searching Meetup for book groups in your area. Or my-bookclub.com, which is a free, online directory dedicated to pairing real-life book clubs with new members, who can search it by location, age, and genre.
ONLINE BOOK CLUBS
This blog dedicated to new releases has plenty of forums as well, and often hosts virtual Q and A's.
Not only does this massive community of readers host a robust number of discussion boards for every conceivable genre, it frequently gives readers the opportunity to chat with authors questions and take genre-specific quizzes.
A site dedicated to supplying book clubs with a plethora of worthy titles, Reading Group Choices has a lively Facebook page where readers can comment on new books.
Literary-fiction minded readers should head over to The Rumpus Book Club — which gives readers the opportunity to have its monthly selections — delivered automatically.
The tech and culture magazine hosts a science fiction book club too.
Sue K. Dittmar works at the St. Charles City County Library District as a Float Librarian. She is involved with readers' advisory and various book club activities. When not reading, she loves watching her kids fly around the soccer field.