January Spotlight: Circle of Readers
Our January Spotlight Group celebrates its first year!
Circle of Readers, our book club, formed a year ago at the Broken Arrow Senior Center in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. We read historical fiction, memoirs, history, and fiction. We meet monthly and have a lively time discussing the books. In December, we had a Book Speed Dating event that was great fun and we all left with new titles to read. Everyone brought four books and we examined one another’s choices and exchanged them, and we enjoyed Christmas cookies as well!
To enter to become a Spotlight group,
It’s that time… At the end of each year, people gather to celebrate that grand tradition: best-of book lists! But with so many amazing titles on so many lists, how is a reader to decide?
Reading Group Choices has made it easier for the overwhelmed book lover. We’ve combed through the lists and compiled our own — a best of the “best of”! Here are the titles we’ve recommended in 2018 that showed up on one (or more) favorite lists from trade journals, indie bookstores, and media sites, including:
New York Times, Publishers Weekly,
Reading Group Choices travels to Chicago for our next Book Group City Tour!
Chicago is known for its architecture, blues and jazz, deep dish pizza, and beautiful lakefront. It’s also fast on the rise as a major literary city, boasting a growing number of author residents and indie bookstores, plus the new American Writers Museum. And it’s a great place for readers to discuss books!
In our continuing Book Group City Tour series, Reading Group Choices strolls the streets of the Windy City in search of the best (and unexpected) places to join a book club.
Blair Hurley explores Buddhism, Boston, faith and power in her debut novel.
In her novel The Devoted, Blair Hurley tells the story of Nicole Hennessy, a student of Zen Buddhism who comes under the influence of her powerful master — and struggles to escape. Blair answered some questions from Reading Group Choices about her book, her Boston and Catholic upbringing, her role as a teacher, and how we come to terms with our pasts.
Reading Group Choices: The main character, Nicole, moves from being a student of Zen under a powerful master to a teacher of others.
As the world moves faster, there’s one object that will always hold appeal: the letter. The epistolary novel, one told through letters, has long held its place in literary works. The exchange of mail and messages still carries a mysterious and romantic allure: long-distance mail or notes never sent; friendships and romances built upon correspondence.
First came Nashville, and now Reading Group Choices travels to San Francisco for our next Book Group City Tour!
Fog, steep hills, the towers of the Golden Gate Bridge: San Francisco is an iconic city. And the same is true when it comes to book culture. The city’s long literary history and diverse mix of cultures means there’s no shortage of places for readers to find a group or club that fits their interests, or to try something new.
We’ve rounded up some options for SF readers to discuss their next great book in good company.