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How To Join a YA Book Club

Confession: I have never been part of a book club. My Lit minor in college overloaded me for awhile with group discussions on the merits and issues of works in the literary cannon. Nothing is that fun when you’re forced to.

However, debating with “Team Hottie” is best and what the heck so and so is thinking by doing ____ is right up my alley. It’s a chance to meet people who share your passion (read: never grew up either) and talk about your favorite books. It’s a win-win.

But, how does one join a YA book club, you ask? Well, you’ve pretty much got…

Three Options to Join a YA Book Club

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Option 1:

Search online for YA book clubs in your area. There are a TON of online resources that can help you find a group of awesome ladies (and maybe a dude) who heart Divergent and who want to take group trips to see book-to-movie adaptions.

Here are a few places you can go:

  • Meetup.com – Choose your location and type in “book club.” BAM- groups that already exist will pop up on your screen.
  • Goodreads Groups – Some local book clubs have started their own message boards and forums on Goodreads. Chances are there is probably something listed for major city locations.
  • Forever Young Adult Book Clubs – The ladies at FYA are freaking awesome and have helped organize their own FYA sponsored groups. The books are already determined, and I’d stake money on the fact that all of the attendees are super cool ladies.
  • Local Library – Some libraries help facilitate book clubs, so visiting their website or talking to a librarian will help lead you in the right direction.

Option 2:

Join a virtual group or forum. If meeting in person isn’t your thing or you just don’t have enough time to commit, Goodreads will be super helpful in your quest. It’s such a huge community, and there are so many different groups and online clubs – like the Young Adult Book Club. BAM, done. Also, there is this other cool site I found doing something similar as well HERE.

Option 3:

Create your own book club! This is the strategy I chose. I knew I had a few friends who would be interested, so I decided to just organize one myself.

I created an open event and invited people who said they were interested! For the first meeting I gave everyone four choices of books, and The Fault in Our Stars by John Green is the winner. (A good crying book will bond us all, I’m sure).

If you’re in the Orlando/Winter Park of Florida area and want to join, please feel free to email me at lisa@readbreatherelax.com for me details!!! We would LOVE to have you, so don’t be shy!

Plus, if you need more members, you can list your group on any of the sites I’ve listed in Option 1!

Are you looking for a book club or are you in one already?

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.