Reading Group Choices heads south to New Orleans for the latest installment of our Book Group City Tour!
A mythic city known for its jazz, Cajun cuisine, French Quarter and life along the Mississippi, New Orleans is also steeped in literary history. From its annual Tennessee Williams festival to its independent bookshops, the Big Easy offers a sanctuary for readers.
As always, we looked for a variety of ways for readers to connect to book groups and enjoy bookish conversation. Several of the clubs are deeply connected to the city and region that inspires them.
The historical novel The Huntress by Kate Quinn tracks the intersecting lives of an English journalist, a Russian bomber pilot, and a Nazi war criminal living a secret life in Boston.
For her interview with Reading Group Choices, Kate Quinn spoke about her research process, women in the military, creating vivid landscapes, and the fascinating true stories that she just had to include in the book.
Reading Group Choices: Which voice was the first to appear?
Kate Quinn: Technically, Jordan’s—my youngest heroine,
There are certain perennial questions for a book lover: hardcover or paperback? E-reader or print? Write in the margins or never, ever mark a page?
And then there’s the matter of organizing your book collection, open to eternal debate. Genre, color, no scheme at all? Reading Group Choices understands, and we offer a few ideas to help readers arrange that growing home library!
Give Me Function!
When looking at your shelves or piles of books, first decide your goal: Are you frustrated because you can never find that title you’re looking for?
Two hundred years separate Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice from the new novel by Sonali Dev, Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors. Yet the line between these two romantic comedies is clear. And Dev’s book pays homage to the Austen classic while placing its storyline squarely into our current world.
The Original Rom-Com
Pride and Prejudice has been called the original romantic comedy, pitting the witty and headstrong Elizabeth Bennet against (and ultimately with) Fitzwilliam Darcy. The novel established the ground rules for how these romantic stories play out:
Two characters share a dislike of each other,
July Spotlight: Reading Between the Wines
The members in our July Spotlight Group, six years strong, met as parents and stayed together as friends!
Here is a photo of our book club at an author visit event for the annual All of Rochester Reads selection. We are ten women who initially came together on the sporting fields, concerts and musicals, and parade routes as parents in the Gates Chili School District in Rochester, New York. Our love of reading and curiosity brought us together, and now friendship keeps us searching for new books and adventures to share.
Thank you to all of the great readers who filled out our 2018 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 2018 winning groups below (and sign up for our newsletter so you don’t miss the chance to take our 2019 survey!)…
The RBG (Reading Book Group)