Mitchell Beazley has acquired a book club journal from "Books & Quills" vlogger Sanne Vliegenthart, helping readers to get the most out of being part of a book club.
Publishing as a £18 hardback on 6th May, Book Club Journal will guide readers through the entire process of setting up a book club, planning reading material, maintaining and provoking discussion, and how to navigate an increasingly digital world as many groups move online.
Publisher Alison Starling acquired world rights in all languages direct from the author.
Also included in the journal are 50 guided templates for recording impressions of each selected book, as well as space to note down interesting points raised by other book club members. Vliegenthart has curated 200 book suggestions across a wide range of genres into 20 themed booklists, too, with sections devoted to "Short Books for Busy Readers", "Life in the City" and "Feel-good Reads". Quotes from famous writers on the pleasure of reading are peppered throughout.
Vliegenthart is a freelance social media producer and literary event host, who has been recommending books online since 2008 through her "Books & Quills" videos on YouTube, where she has 184,000 followers. She commented: "I can’t wait for the Book Club Journal to get into the hands of readers everywhere. It’s been such a pleasure working with the team to get everything just right, from creating intuitive journaling pages to curating endless themed reading lists and practical tips for every book club. Discussing books together is such a fantastic way to find that extra connection, especially now, and I hope that the Book Club Journal will be a helpful guide alongside people’s reading journeys."
Starling said: "Chatting about books with friends is one of the pleasures of life, whatever age you are, and Sanne’s ability to inspire hundreds of thousands of people to read widely and well made her the perfect author for the journal. Her passion for books, authors and the joy of reading is hugely infectious and we’re very proud to be publishing her first book."