The Epic Fail Book Club: I Shall Persevere

Ah, yes.  The KingwoodReads Book Club.  Also known (thus far) as the Epic Fail Book Club.  Allow me to explain.

I’ve held five meetings so far, two of which had zero attendees (The Silent Wife by A.S.A Harrison and Sin in the Second City by Karen Abbott) and another that had one intrepid reader (Help, Thanks, Wow by Anne Lamott).  Do you understand why I’m calling it the Epic Fail Book Club?

Now onto the second part of the title of this post: I shall persevere.  Here’s the thing.  I know such things can often take time.  Especially when the meetings take place during the Sunday school hour at my church.  I’ll admit that my attempts at publicity have been less than thorough, and somewhat sporadic.  I’ll also admit that perhaps my book selections aren’t the most intriguing.

So my plan is to do a better job with both the publicity/public awareness and the book selections.  I’ve already changed a selection that seemed less than awesome.  And I’m going to create a KingwoodReads newsletter.  You can sign up for it here.

Now, if you’re at all familiar with the KingwoodReads Book Club (or if you read about it here), you’ll know that I provide a light breakfast and a drawing for the next month’s book from among the awesome people who show up.  So since no one showed up to the Sin in the Second City meeting, the February book, The Vault of Dreamers by Caragh O’Brien is still in my hot little hands.  I was considering exchanging it for something else at the bookstore, but then I thought I’d share some love instead.  So here’s a nice little Rafflecopter giveaway (US only).  The winner will receive the copy of The Vault of Dreamers and a couple other little goodies.

Oh, and one last thing:

What do you think makes a successful book club?  Do you have any advice for me?

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This Post Has 8 Comments

  1. Partner with your local library, coffee shop or book club. Looks for bulletin boards to hang posters to promote the club. If places you frequent have a Take One area, create bookmarks advertising club with your contact information.

    Terri M., the Director
    Second Run Reviews

    1. Leila

      Super good ideas. Thanks!

  2. Annie

    Hey Leila,
    You know it’s funny I’ve never been in a bookclub – which is really weird since I’ve been an avid reader since I could put two words together. I think your other commenter had some good ideas. I might also chat with the local bookstore owner or manager (especially if you have a favorite bookstore or indie bookstore in the area) and see if they know of anyone who might be interested. Or if they have a bulletin board where you can post flyers. Also you mentioned your church, so maybe there are a few people there who might be interested or help you get the word out. Plus social media – post something on Twitter and Facebook and ask interested people to private message you.

    Anyway those are my suggestions. Hope it helps.

    Annie

    1. Leila

      I so wish there were an indie bookstore within 20 miles!

      Thanks for the FB and Twitter idea. Call me Captain Oblivious. Hadn’t thought of that!

  3. Ashley

    Not gonna lie – I love books and talking about books, but I extra love book club because it’s an excuse to tell Steven he’s watching the kids and I’m leaving the house. So if you can offer childcare during book club, that would be a perk in my mind.

    I will also say Sunday morning isn’t a time I would attend book club. I’m sure you have good reasons for holding then, but just a thought. If I lived in Kingwood still and it weren’t Sunday, I’d totally come to your book club.

    1. Leila

      I do have reasons for a Sunday morning book club: we need more Sunday School type options at our church. The hope was to get some of the youth to come.

  4. Sofia

    It’s too early in the morning. Sorry to say but sleep will always win. If it’s possible to change it to Sunday afternoon or late morning, you might have a better attendance.

    1. Leila

      Unfortunately, for now, I’m committed to the Sunday morning time slot. But I may try to move it. I totally agree that the time is likely my biggest problem.

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