Book Club Ideas for Seniors

Reading has a way of transporting us to far-off worlds and different cultures all from the comfort of our homes. When we read a particularly engaging book, we want to share the story with our loved ones, but it isn’t the same when they haven’t read it. Share that love with them by starting a book club.

Book clubs are a fantastic activity for seniors. They encourage you to read stories you perhaps may not have read otherwise. They also provide you with an avenue of community, which is so valuable to older adults. Continue reading for some book club ideas for seniors.

How to start

Book clubs require a little forward-thinking before they can officially get started. Gather a list of friends who may be interested in joining. Then, have a meeting to discuss the time, date, and location for your official first meeting. These gatherings could happen in your home, at a library, or even at a café.

Together, you should decide what genres you would like to read or themes you’d like to follow. Then, you can create a list of potential books and select your first option. Consider having a different group leader for each new book so the burden of organizing isn’t always on the same person.

Once the plans are set, you and your book club members can move on to the fun: reading and discussing your books of choice.

Great options for your book club

What you read will depend on your pre-determined genres, topics, or themes. If you’re looking for a few options to get you started, here is a list of popular, diverse options.

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens (Historical Fiction)

Where the Crawdads Sing follows Kya, whose family abandons her in the marshes of North Carolina at a young age. Ostracized by the nearby fishing village, Kya raises herself. Lovers of coming-of-age stories, nature, and mystery will sink right into the pages of this story. It takes place between the 1950s and 1960s, which will be nostalgic for most seniors.

The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson (True Crime)

Surrounding the events of the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, The Devil in the White City tells the story of the fair’s primary architect and the city’s first serial killer. The book follows their true stories separately but also shows how they intertwine in an interesting series of events. What’s more, seniors will enjoy seeing a look at the early days of our great city of Chicago.

The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules by Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg (Humor)

In The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules, 79-year-old Martha Anderson and her group of four friends shatter expectations by breaking out of their care home and robbing a bank. Seniors will be amused by the spunky antics of the group of old women and may even be inspired to try something new. Just don’t try to rob a bank.

The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix (Horror)

What could be more apt than reading a book about a book club in a book club? The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires follows a woman’s book club that fights to protect its quiet community from a vampire posing as a new neighbor. It sounds strange, but the story has strong comments on race, class, and sexism.

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