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Host a Virtual Book Club

If you’re looking for a social engagement that’ll have your weekend booked, a book club is a get together that’s sure to be a page-turner. With online video-chatting services like Skype and Zoom, it’s easier than ever to host a weekly or monthly book club without ever leaving your Chapel Hill apartment. Read on to find three novel ideas for putting together a virtual book club.

Pick a Book You Can’t Put Down

The first step can be the most daunting, but there are plenty of resources to find the perfect crowd-pleaser. Goodreads, a social media network for book lovers, has crowd-sourced reviews for everything from classics to new releases. Browsing through genres or tags is a great way to find an undiscovered gem. To get started, check out Ottessa Moshfegh’s My Year of Rest and Relaxation, a witty dark comedy, or Donna Tartt’s atmospheric thriller The Secret History.

Take Inspiration from a Podcast

If you’re looking for ways to keep the conversation flowing, podcasts like The Book Club Review and What Page Are You On? prove that discussing literature doesn’t have to feel like homework. Using these podcasts for inspiration, try to jot down a few questions beforehand, but don’t be afraid to let the conversation veer in an unexpected direction. You may be surprised by the insight your fellow readers bring to the table!

Get Creative with Snacks

If all this reading and discussion has worked up an appetite, get creative in the kitchen. The Instagram account eatingtheirwords matches meals to books — try potato salad with Joan Didion and Russian summer soup with Chekhov. Cooking something inspired by the world of fiction is a great way to make a book come to life. Be sure to circulate the recipe the day before so that everyone can snack simultaneously.

After your virtual book club meeting, you’ll be eager to curl up on your couch with next week’s book. If you’re looking for a comfortable and luxurious place to call home, contact us to hear more about Southern Village apartments.

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