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Take a Chance: Debut Authors (so far) in 2019

Debut authors in 2019 for the best book group books for discussion

Along with the authors we know and love, part of our joy at Reading Group Choices is recommending great new writers making their debuts! We’re almost at the halfway point for 2019, and the year has already given us an impressive roster of first-time novels and memoirs.

We’ve identified half a dozen debuts to read with your group, with discussion questions, interviews, excerpts, and other materials below to help create a lively discussion. Take a chance on someone new!

We’ll look forward to what the rest of the year brings…

The Red Address Book by Sofia Lundberg

Novel,

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How to Weed Books: A Guide

Tips for weeding books

A new apartment, a new member of the family, an ever-alarming fire hazard, or just the desire to take stock of what’s exactly in those piles. As difficult (or unthinkable!) as the idea feels, there are good, important reasons for weeding your books.

It’s often difficult, we know. But whether by choice or necessity, the process doesn’t have to be traumatic. Reading Group Choices shares these strategies for de-cluttering your collection: how to decide what to put aside, and then how to make the break with your books!

Ways to Weed

First,

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RGC Book Group: The Far Field by Madhuri Vijay

One of our recommended books for 2019 is The Far Field by Madhuri VijayOur latest RGC book group selection was Madhuri Vijay’s debut novel The Far Field. Vijay spoke to us about the intersection of character and world events, living in Kashmir, and more.

We’d just like to say that we chose The Far Field for the RGC group even before The New York Times Book Review, New Yorker, and Washington Post gave it glowing reviews. Or before it became an Indies Introduce pick, an IndieNext selection, a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers selection,

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Why Readers Love Their Book Groups: 2018 Survey Results

Reading Group Choices explores why readers love book groups.

We wanted to find out why readers love their book groups!

Which is why we asked them to tell us in our 2018 RGC survey. The results are in, and they remind us how valuable reading groups are for connecting with others and expanding the way we think. Want to know what readers enjoy most about being in a group? Here are the top reasons, along with their own words…

1. Stretching Boundaries

“Reading books that I would not normally choose on my own.” This positive aspect of book groups appeared time and again in our survey responses.

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Top Ten Read Books from RGC 2018

Our 2018 survey results are in! And along with our readers’ favorite books of the year, we have a list of the top ten most-read books specifically from Reading Group Choices 2018.

Has your group read all of these terrific books yet?

1. Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance

Hillbilly Elegy is one of our book group favorites for 2018

 

A passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis—that of white working-class Americans. The disintegration of this group, a process that has been slowly occurring now for more than forty years,

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The May Spotlight Group Is…

May Spotlight: JCC 39ers

The members in our May Spotlight Group hail from The Sunshine State!

The Reading Group Choices Spotlight Book Group in May 2019 is JCC 39ers

This is a photo of our book club getting ready to discuss The Girls at 17 Swann Street by Yara Zgheib. We are a group of women ages 65-90+ and meet the first Thursday of each month. We are called the JCC 39ers and meet at the Roth Jewish Community Center in Maitland, Florida. Our discussions are insightful and interesting as we bring to them many years of experience. Our group has been meeting for approximately 10 years,

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