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Starting A Book Club For Seniors

Thinking about starting a book club for seniors? At True Connection Communities, we believe meaningful connection is vital to our residents’ health and well-being. That’s why we encourage activities that stimulate rich conversation and bring our residents together, like starting a resident book club. Our community provides the perfect setting for bonding over books and exploring new ideas together. This February, we’re excited to help launch book clubs featuring hot new releases that are sure to spark thought-provoking discussions.


Starting a Book Club for Seniors

Starting a book club is a great social activity for seniors that exercises the mind. Book clubs are easy to organize and facilitate. Have members nominate and vote on book selections from bestseller lists or award winners in genres they enjoy like historical fiction, mystery, or memoir. Choose books with large print editions and audiobook options for those with vision or hearing difficulties.

Meet once a month at the community center or library to discuss the book. Appoint a moderator to keep the conversation flowing and on track. Provide light refreshments to make it a social event. Discuss characters, themes, settings, and share opinions. Debate differences in interpretation. Laugh, learn, and bond over the story.

A book club gives seniors an engaging social and intellectual outlet. It combats isolation and boredom, exercises memory and cognition, and sparks lively discussion. Members can suggest field trips to see movie adaptations or author talks to enhance the experience.

With an array of highly-rated books released each month, there is no shortage of reading material. A successful book club could meet for years without repeating a title. Give it a try – your residents might just rediscover their love of reading and connection with each other. And isn’t that what community is all about?

February Releases To Keep An Eye On For Your Book Club

The Women by Kristin Hannah (Feb 6)

Kristin Hannah is back with another heart-wrenching historical fiction, this time set during World War II.

In The Women, four strangers are brought together by the challenges of war. Vianne, a schoolteacher in a quiet French village, watches in horror as German troops roll into town. Miriam, a young Jewish girl, flees from her home after it’s ransacked. Gabrielle, a cunning member of the French resistance, plots to sabotage the Nazis. And Genevieve, a woman with a dangerous secret, must hide it at all costs.

As their lives intersect, these four resilient women show what real courage, friendship, and sacrifice look like in the darkest of times. Though war tears the fabric of society, it also has a way of uniting unlikely allies and forging unbreakable bonds between strangers. Hannah is a master at developing complex, relatable characters and penning poignant, thought-provoking stories. The Women is sure to spark meaningful discussions in any book club.

If your group enjoys stirring works of historical fiction, you won’t want to miss this emotive and evocative tale of love, loss, struggle, and survival. Set aside plenty of time for a lively conversation about the characters, relationships, hardships of war, and lessons we can draw from this period in history. Providing tea, coffee, and comfort food is also highly recommended! The Women releases on February 6, so mark your calendars and get ready to be deeply moved.

The Fox Wife by Yangsze Choo (Feb 13)

If you’re looking for an enchanting tale of historical fiction infused with magical realism, look no further than The Fox Wife by Yangsze Choo. Set in 1930s Korea under Japanese rule, this novel follows a young girl named Ji-young who discovers she has a special connection to foxes.

As a child, Ji-young befriends a fox in the forest by her home. She continues to leave offerings for the foxes as she grows up, maintaining a strong spiritual bond with them. Now a young woman, Ji-young struggles with the challenges of living under oppressive colonial rule and longs for independence.

When a mysterious fox arrives at her family’s inn, Ji-young’s special relationship with the foxes is revealed. She discovers the foxes are more than just animals – they are ancient, magical creatures with the ability to shape-shift into human form. The fox at the inn, Silver, tells Ji-young she has been chosen for an important purpose to help free Korea from occupation.

Though hesitant at first, Ji-young embraces her destiny as a fox wife, a human woman with a deep mystical connection to foxes. With Silver as her guide, she navigates a dangerous journey to help rouse the Korean people to action against the Japanese with magic and cunning.

This imaginative historical fantasy will sweep you away to a world where magic and myth are real. Yangsze Choo’s dazzling prose and enchanting storytelling will keep you captivated until the very last page. If you’re a fan of Memoirs of a Geisha or Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, you’ll surely enjoy this magical tale of love, courage, and hope against all odds.

Brooklyn by Tracy Brown (Feb 27)

Brooklyn by Tracy Brown, releasing on February 27th, is the perfect choice for your book club. Tracy Brown is known for gritty urban fiction, and this story set in 1990s Brooklyn is sure to spark lively discussion.

The story follows Aisha, a young woman struggling to overcome her demons and forge her own path in life. Aisha falls for a charismatic yet troubled man named Jayson, despite her family’s disapproval. As Aisha gets drawn into Jayson’s dangerous lifestyle, she risks losing everything she’s worked for.

This page-turner deals with relatable themes of love, loss, family, and finding your purpose. The setting of 1990s Brooklyn will transport readers back in time and allow them to explore how life in the city has changed.

Aisha is a complex, flawed yet sympathetic character. Her questionable choices and tumultuous journey will give book clubs ample material to analyze her motivations and debate whether she ultimately finds redemption.


So there you have it, three exciting new reads coming out in February 2024 perfect for starting a book club with seniors. Get your friends together over coffee and pastries to dive into meaningful discussions about complex characters and thought-provoking storylines. You’ll bond over analyzing motivations, debating plausible plot twists, and sharing insights into human experiences from different eras.

Starting a book club is a great way to engage minds, nurture new friendships, and tap into life’s simple pleasures. Pick a title or two from the list and get started – your life and relationships will be richer for it. Happy reading!

Our goal is to nurture true human connections through shared interests and life experiences. Contact our team today to learn more about the engaging lifestyle offered at True Connection Communities and how you can get involved in or start your own club or circle of connection.

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