How To Kill a Book Club

Book clubs are no easy feat. Let alone managing or organizing one, sometimes merely being in one is painful, and they should come with their own warning label: “Fragile. Handle with care.”

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One misstep and it can all go to hell. Book Riot has plenty of material to help you start and keep a book club going, but what are the absolute no-nos which will inevitably kill a book club? My fellow Rioters and I have rounded up the worst of the worst.

1. Choose a book you’ve secretly worked on/edited, and then throw a fit when no one likes it. Don’t make me reach for the Conflict of Interest form!


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2. Become a tyrant and veto everyone else’s book suggestions. Give the people what they want!

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3. Insist on reading books which are over 500 pages. We get it, you have Several Degrees in Literature, but the rest of us just want to read romance!

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4. Say “To play devil’s advocate here…” at every opportunity. Nobody asked you, Patrice!

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5. Insist on adding everyone to a social media group to do regular check-ins. We have other things to do all day!

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6. Make attendance mandatory for each meet-up and be passive-aggressive to the absentees.

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7. And the Holy Grail of No-Nos: choose a book and never finish it.

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