Thank you to all of the great readers who filled out our 2019 Favorite Books survey!
Every year, Reading Group Choices surveys book groups and readers to compile our annual list of Favorite Books. And every year we randomly choose winners who receive a gift certificate to their local bookstore and a package of RGC-recommended books for their entire group!
Meet our 2019 favorite books survey winners below (and sign up for our newsletter so you don’t miss the chance to take our 2020 survey!).
The Festival Fans
Green Valley, Arizona
Our group began in the fall of 2018. We live in a retirement community in southern Arizona and our founding members met while serving on a women’s club scholarship committee. All fans of the Tucson Festival of Books (TFOB), we decided to make it our goal to read and share books written by featured authors at the Festival. Sadly this year the festival was cancelled, but that didn’t stop us from sharing our favorites with one another. We all agree that finding new authors we may never had heard of, if it weren’t for the festival, is the most rewarding part of our reading choices. We don’t meet regularly, since we all love to travel, but when we do meet we mostly discuss what each of us has read since we last met.
Recent favorites (all by authors from the TFOB) include: The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See, Sold on a Monday by Kristina McMorris, and Carnegie’s Maid by Marie Benedict. An additional note: we had really looked forward to seeing Sujata Massey at the TFOB this year, so look forward to her latest book, The Widows of Malabar Hill.
Independent bookseller: Antigone Books in Tucson.
The Adult Discussion Group
Our group has been running at the Vicksburg District Library for about 25 years. We started as a book discussion group for library staff. Patrons found out about it and wanted in. The Adult Book Discussion Group started by discussing only women authors and has evolved as the discussion leader has changed with staff changes. The group meets on the first Thursday of the month at 9am and is open to whoever shows up. Our library is closed so I can’t get a photo of our book discussion group. (Pictured is the library during an April snowstorm.)