The One Surprising Person You Need to Invite to Book Club
Bringing a total stranger—who hasn't even read the book!—can be awkward. Except when they're invited. Here's how to enliven the discussion with a few unexpected guests.
The Field-Trip Leader
Sometimes you read something amazing in a book—and sometimes it's equally amazing to experience it in real life. Take The Language of Flowers
, by Vanessa Diffenbaugh, which discusses not only the hidden meaning behind the names of different blooms but also takes you into the world flower farms. Asking a grower or florist to lead your group on a tour of their professional gardens or the local flower market is a fresh and sweet-smelling way to learn more about the subject. Other ideas? A lighthouse tour for the must-read novel The Light Between Oceans
, by M.L. Stedman, or—okay, this is total, stupid fantasy—a trip to the Italian coast to really, truly comprehend Beautiful Ruins
, by Jess Walter.