We feature this special Spotlight story from Peggy Schrader, whose life and the lives of her book group members were profoundly affected by the Camp Fire that ravaged Paradise, California. A special thanks to Peggy, and continued wishes for the solace that a good book can bring.
On November 8, 2018 the little town of Paradise California woke to a bright orange sky. Right away I knew something wasn’t right. By that evening 27,000 people had been evacuated due to what became known as the Camp Fire.
Prior to the fire I was very excited because my book club,
Sometimes the question arises in book groups: Should we keep our current numbers limited, or open up the group to new members? Some members want to introduce someone new, while others want to keep the core intact.
It’s a tricky subject for book groups, and it all depends on your goals. Reading Group Choices offers these thoughts on when and how to decide if opening your group is the best next move.
Reasons for keeping a group closed:
Sometimes groups meet in restaurants, coffee shops, small apartments,
February Spotlight: Fact, Faith, and Fiction Book Group
Our February Spotlight Group brings a spiritual touch to their choices!
The Fact, Faith, and Fiction Book Group of Northfield, Minnesota meets monthly in the homes of members. We choose our books as a group three to four months ahead of time. Many are nonfiction, often with a spiritual bent.
Half of our group is new to the community, while the others are long-term residents of Northfield. It’s a great group that is always respectful of others’ thoughts and opinions. Wonderfully, we all have spouses so we can have couples social events.
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.
Madhuri Vijay, author of The Far Field
702WI |Madison, WI
Thursday, January 17th @ 7pm
ABA Winter Institute
Albuquerque, New Mexico
January 22 – 25
Renée Watson and Ellen Hagan,
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,