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Book Group Store Tour: Garden District Book Shop

Garden District Book Shop in New Orleans hosts book groups

Garden District Book Shop | New Orleans, LA

Housed in a building that dates back to 1884, the Garden District Book Shop offers a wide selection of new and used books. They also feature local and regional literature, including signed copies and first editions. What better place to discuss books with other readers?

The store has hosted a book group since 2001, and Reading Group Choices caught up with its current leader, Rayna Nielsen, who works as a bookseller and Social Media Coordinator as well. We asked Rayna how the group decides what to read,

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Reading Group Choices Favorite Books Survey

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The Reading Group Choices annual favorite books survey

The 2019-2020 Annual Favorite Books Survey Is Open!

Each year Reading Group Choices sends out a survey to learn more about you, our readers, and your favorite books from the year. When you enter the survey you are also entered to win a $150 gift certificate to your local bookstore and a package of RGC-recommended books for your entire group!

Based on your responses, we create an annual list of the most popular books and highlight the survey winners.

You can enter from now until April 1,

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Reading Group Choices Interview with Kim Michele Richardson

One of our recommended books for 2019 is The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson

Author Kim Michele Richardson talks about her novel The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek, inspired by the true story of the Pack Horse Librarians in Kentucky.

For her interview with Reading Group Choices, Kim Michele Richardson talks about the power of literacy and librarians, surviving prejudices and abuse, and how history and her homeland inspired her latest novel…

Reading Group Choices: The local Pack Horse supervisors, Harriett and Eula, ceaselessly taunt and belittle Cussy Mary. Yet when she gives Harriett a book that will please her, the torments are momentarily forgotten.

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The February Spotlight Group Is…

The Wildflowers Bookclub is the February 2020 Spotlight Group on Reading Group Choices

February 2020 Spotlight: Wildflowers Bookclub

Our February Spotlight Group members each have the name of a flower!

The Wildflowers Bookclub is comprised of 10 friends who all have chosen a flower name when we began 18 years ago: they are Rose, Magnolia, Hyacinth. Hydrangea, Lilac, Briony, Sweet Pea, Iris, Bird of Paradise, and Dahlia. We rotate turns in choosing a book. In 2019, we read Unsheltered, Educated, Born a Crime, The Island of Sea Women and seven other books!

Seven of us are retired educators and all of us are good friends!

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Best of the Best Books 2019

Pile of books

Reading Group Choices has sorted through the numerous best book lists out there to compile our annual “best of the best” reads!

Did you read all of the books that you wanted to in 2019? If the year passed too quickly, not to worry. We searched for the fiction, nonfiction, and young adult titles we recommended in 2019 that also appeared on one (or more) of the favorite lists from:

BookRiot, Indiebound, Kirkus Reviews, Library Journal, Parnassus Books, Powell’s, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal, Washington Post

Check out these best of the best books below!

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Most Popular Books 2019

Monthly calendar

In our monthly newsletter, we share the two most popular books on the Reading Group Choices site for that month. It always brings a bit of excitement, and we’ve gathered the top picks for a look back at 2019!

Here are the titles — a mix of fiction, nonfiction, and young adult — that caught our readers’ attention from January to December. Do you remember these great reads? See if they match your own group’s most popular books…

January

The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris is is one of our book group favorites for 2018One of our recommended books is Women Rowing North by Mary Pipher
1. Tattooist of Auschwitz
by Heather Morris

2.

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