Best Books Award - Start an annual award ceremony for your book club and vote for your favourites
At the end of every year, our book club holds its inaugural Book Club Christmas Party. It is the highlight of the year!
We pick a small book to read prior to the big night - we all know how chaotic Christmas can be so squeezing in reading can sometimes be a tad difficult. Choices to date have included:
We always ensure a festive spread, where everyone is asked to bring part of the meal and the cumulative effect is always a delicious spread.
There is usually some stipulation that an item of festive clothing or accessory must be worn (Christmas baubles as ear-rings, flashing badges, antler ears etc or just a piece of tinsle wrapped around yourself)
Then there is the infamous Kris Kringle, where everyone must spend $15 on a gift suitable for anyone in the book club. We all get to choose a gift on the night.
We always discuss the chosen book, but for a much shorter time and generally stick to what people liked or didn't like about the book. Not too deep and meaningful.
The most prestigious part of the night however is our AWARD CEREMONY.
Everyone is asked to think about all the books we have read during the year and then pick their favourites. (We use a spreadsheet and get someone to collate over email prior to the night)
The most coveted prize is "The Best Book Award" and there is usually a small and often cheesy prize involved. All year, our book clubbers battle it out for the best books award. Who will pick the best book of the year?
But there is more to the ceremony than just one award. Here are the categories for our award ceremony:
After Best Book the last two are the prizes everyone wants to win!
have a rule that hosts can only supply takeaway meals. Our early days
of hosting book clubs showed us that the dinner menu can get a bit too
competitive with everyone trying to be the next Jamie Oliver or Donna
Hay. It meant that you dreaded hosting book club due to the amount of
pre work involved! So now, it's a takeaway.
You can see the list of our Best Books throughout the years here:
This year we added some more fun by asking the group some literary related questions and writing their answers on a piece of paper. It was then the job of one of the group to work out which answer belonged to each of the book clubbers. Examples of the questions included:
If you could be a character from a book, who would you be?
If you could write a novel, what would it be about?
What book do you most associate with reading at school?
Funniest moment at our book club this year?
Overall, this is a very fun night, where we tend to drink too much champagne, buy each other very silly presents, over indulge on the eating front and argue over who really should have won the best books award.
I guarantee adding a similar type of ceremony will encourage interesting banter throughout the year and mean you finish the year full of Christmas cheer.
This Month's Book - Join Us!
Love reading about outrageous injustice and unfairness. Try this one.
Learn about new countries cultures. Try
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Establish some fun ground rules for your Book Club:
Make things interesting - Have an annual Award Ceremony
Visit a Prison with a difference in South America. You will be amazed what goes on behind closed doors:
Read a Classic and find out what makes Flaubert's story and writing so legendary:
Looking for something quirky and funny?
Try The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out Of The Window And Disappeared