If you’re like most people, you enjoy a good book, but probably don’t have a whole lot of extra time to read. Even though it may seem like one more thing on your to-do list, why not make a com- mitment to reading one book a month? Commitments tend to go better when you have someone to hold you accountable, so gather a group of horsey friends and start a book club. Because, let’s be honest, what you really want to read about is horses, anyway!
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A book club is an instance where bigger is not always better; book clubs
usually require meshing of already packed-to-the-brim schedules, and
besides, just how many people can you fit at your dining room table?
Most clubs have between six and eight members, enough that you get a
really good cross section of people, but small enough that each can commit
to reading and attending meetings. Most clubs try to meet monthly or every
six weeks; meeting more often isn’t usually enough time to finish a longer
book, and going longer than that might let the speedy readers forget what
the book was about.
While you can invite your existing barn buds, this is also an opportunity
to reach out beyond your close-knit clique and try to incorporate friends of
friends. The easiest way is to start with one or two people who you know
might be interested. Chat with them when you see them at the barn and ask
if they know anyone else who would be excited to join in. If you and two
friends can each think of one additional person, you’ll have a booming book
club before you know it.
BY SARAH E. COLEMAN