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Why Book Groups Should Read Poetry

Expand your Reading Repertoire with Poetry

For even the most avid readers, the prospect of delving into poetry can be intimidating…but it doesn’t have to be! We’ve compiled a list of where you might begin, from poet Matthew Zapruder’s convincing argument as to why reading poetry is important, to some of the most breathtaking, beautiful, and bold poetry books published in recent years.

To get started, select a book and then check out our suggestions for how to introduce poetry into your reading group and spark discussion.

Why Poetry by Matthew Zapruder

In Why Poetry,

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The April Spotlight Group Is…

April Spotlight:
New Friends of Northern Kentucky

The April Spotlight Group is Bookworms of Northern Kentucky!

Bookworms of Northern KentuckyThis month we’re featuring the book group Bookworms of Northern Kentucky which has been reading books together for 16 years!

Over the years, some members have changed, but they all share the same love of books and good writing. They meet monthly from September to June, at homes or the local library. They choose the year’s books every June, and everyone volunteers either to review and/or be hostesses. Their parent organization is a group of 150 women who gather monthly and choose small group activities to foster friendship and service.

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Reading Group Choices Tour Dates & Upcoming Events

Reading Group Choices participates in book festivals, partners with bookstores, and hosts events all over the country!

We hope to see you at an event this year! And please share these events with your book-loving friends around the country. We’re always adding more tour dates and new locations so be sure to check back in.

Shawn Francis Peters, author of The Infamous Harry Hayward
Verona Public Library | Verona, WI
Thursday, June 7th @ 7pm

Devin Murphy, author of The Boat Runner
702WI |Madison,

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Reading Group Choices Q&A with Lorna Landvik

Lorna LandvikLorna Landvik is the author of eleven novels.

Landvik’s latest novel, Once in a Blue Moon Lodge, is a sequel to her debut, Patty Jane’s House of Curl.

Lorna Landvik recently visited 702WI, the home of Reading Group Choices, to read and discuss her work with an audience. Lorna also took the time to answer our Q&A and she shared life-changing books, Norwegian curse words, her favorite bookstore, and what she finds most fascinating in the world of science. 

RGC: What book changed your life?​
Lorna Landvik: It would have to be Dick and Jane,

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Fiction, Meet Nonfiction

Perfect Pairings of Cross-Genre Reads

Think of great pairings in the world, such as red wine with steak, hot chocolate with snowstorms, Simon with Garfunkel. Each one alone is fine, but the combination creates something new and different.

The same is true for reading groups. We often limit our book choices to one genre or the other, fiction or nonfiction. But one way to enrich your group’s discussion is to read a novel alongside a work of nonfiction, whether a biography, cultural study, or even the author’s own memoir or journals.

Nonfiction can expand our understanding of a novel: how it fits into an author’s life,

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The February Spotlight Group Is…

February Spotlight:
Morsels for the Mind

The February Spotlight Group is Morsels for the Mind!

This month we’re featuring the book group Morsels for the Mind which has been reading books together for 27 years!

Morsels for the Mind is from Grand Rapids, Michigan. They usually select books in January, at a potluck. Each member hosts one of the selections, researches the author, and provides food/drink that ties in with the book. They’ve discussed books in a hot tub, a red tent, and have gone on field trips and retreats together. 

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