Choosing books is one of the most important tasks for a book group, and a great opportunity to involve all members in the process.
There are lots of great lists and guides for which titles to choose (including right here on Bookmark, our blog!). But we want to focus on how books get chosen. Who does the choosing, and how are decisions made?
There’s no right or wrong way to do it. With book clubs run by a library or organization, it often makes sense for a librarian or other leader to choose the titles on their own.
Who says you have to stay indoors? Get inspired by these walking book groups and bring some fresh air to your discussions!
There’s no single way to run a book group. And when the weather’s nice, it’s a perfect time to take a break from the kitchen table or community room and head outdoors. Walking book groups combine a bit of exercise with their discussion — before, after, or during their walk.
Consider the benefits:
* Fresh air and movement stimulate energy and can result in new ideas and insights into a book
* Walking naturally leads a group to pair off and recombine,
April Spotlight: Food for Thought
The members in our April Spotlight Group span the ages!
Food for Thought has been around since 2008. Typically 12-15 members meet in the Gering Library Community Room once a month to discuss a book.
“We make sure to include the One Book One Nebraska selection every year,” says leader Sherry Preston. Our members range in age from their 30s to their 90s, which makes for great discussions and varied experiences.
To enter to become a Spotlight group, email a picture and description of your group to email@example.com.
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.
Renée Watson and Ellen Hagan, authors of Watch Us Rise and Piecing Me Together
702WI |Madison, WI
Friday, February 15th @ 7pm
Keith O’Brien, author of Fly Girls
Meet Lucie Camara, whose feminist book group is the first step to building a community of readers and bringing a new bookstore to Paris.
In a yoga studio on Valentine’s Day, a group of readers came together for the third meeting of COVEN, a feminist book group and larger initiative to bring the only English-language feminist bookstore to Paris. Founder Lucie Camara spoke to Reading Group Choices about her inspiration for the project, her vision for the group, and how to create a safe space for discussion.
Reading Group Choices: How have the first three meetings of the feminist book group differed (if at all) in terms of attendees,
Raise the curtain on adding plays to your book group’s discussions.
Plays might not be an obvious choice for book groups. After all, they’re meant for the stage, surrounded by an audience, right? But reading and discussing a play with your group can open up new ways of thinking about stories and add variety to your regular diet of novels, memoirs, and other prose. (And maybe reveal a secret actress or actor among your members!)
Reading Group Choices is pleased to offer these tips for reading a play with your group.
We’ve also rounded up a selection of titles to choose from,