Our Readers’ 2017 RGC Survey Results Are In!
Why do RGC readers love book groups so much? We were curious, so we asked you in our annual survey. Check out the reasons why book lovers across the country love gathering and gabbing about their favorite books.
1. Camaraderie, Friendship, & The People!
Many of our readers reported how much they love getting together with similarly book-obsessed friends not only to discuss books but also share social time, food, and—of course—wine.
2. Different Perspectives
Whether it’s reading a memoir set in another country,
Our 2017 survey results are in and along with our readers’ favorite books of the year, we have a list of the top ten read books specifically from Reading Group Choices 2017.
Has your group read all of these terrific books yet?
1. The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katrina Bivald
A heartwarming reminder of why we are booklovers, this is a sweet, smart story about how books find us, change us, and connect us.
Thank you to everyone who filled out our 2016 survey!
We hope you enjoy looking at the 2016 Favorite Books Lists!
The Winners of our survey drawing to win a gift certificate to a local bookstore and a package of RGC-recommended books for your entire group are. . .
Dunes West Book Marks
Charleston, South Carolina
Our group is the Dunes West Book Marks and we have been meeting for seventeen years. We meet one evening a month either at a member’s home or our neighborhood clubhouse.
Our 2016 survey results are in and along with our readers’ favorite books of the year, we have a list of the most-read books specifically from Reading Group Choices 2016. Has your group read all of these yet?
1. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
2. Being Mortal by Atul Gawande
To Name or Not to Name? It’s not surprising that reading groups find creative ways to describe themselves, and we are the lucky ones who get to hear fun and unique names from around the world.
We know how much effort is put into selecting the perfect name that reflects the character of the group, the history of the group, and the mission of the group. It might even be harder than selecting the books you read! If you haven’t named your group yet, or if you’re just starting your group, we hope you find some inspiration below!
We receive so many suggestions for how to make discussions lively and interesting, and there is an enormous variety! But the one common element from the years of suggestions and experience is: a little preparation goes a long way!
In our annual survey, we ask groups about meeting preparation, and nearly 98% of groups prepare in some way before their meeting (and to be clear – that’s in addition to reading the book!).
We hope some of the ideas below, which come from reading groups worldwide, will help make your discussions even livelier. There are a few unique ideas too that go beyond the last-minute Wikipedia skimming on our phone (it’s okay – we’ve all done it!).