Wait. Press pause. Put down whatever you’re doing (except reading this!).
Wouldn’t you like a cup of coffee or some tea? Go ahead: Eat something sweet along with it, a pastry or cookie. Most of all, say hello to a friend, a neighbor, the person in the next cubicle, the parent on the playground. Take a few minutes to relax and catch up.
The concept is called fika (fee-ka), and it’s practiced in Sweden at least once or twice a day—a moment to stop, take a break, have a hot drink and a nibble,
National Reading Group Month is an initiative of the Women’s National Book Association (WNBA). Every October, WNBA organizes events nationwide, and announces an annual list of book selections for reading groups: Great Group Reads. To read more about Great Group Reads and see the other lists, click here.
Great Group Reads 2017
The Best of Us: A Memoir by Joyce Maynard
The Clay Girl by Heather Tucker
The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne
The Hearts of Men by Nickolas Butler
Kinship of Clover by Ellen Meeropol
Last Things: A Graphic Memoir of Loss and Love by Marissa Moss
The Life She Was Given by Ellen Marie Wiseman
Lucky Boy by Shanthi Sekaran
Mothers and Other Strangers by Gina Sorell
News of the World by Paulette Jiles
One Good Mama Bone by Bren McClain
Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
The Redemption of Galen Pike: Short Stories by Carys Davies
Salt Houses by Hala Alyan
Smoke by Dan Vyleta
So Much Blue by Percival Everett
The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See
The Velveteen Daughter by Laurel Davis Huber
We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter
The Woman Next Door by Yewande Omotoso
The Feckin’ Book Club
The October Spotlight Group is The Feckin’ Book Club!
The Feckin’ Book Club was started in March of 2008. The first book they read was Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt. He used the word “feckin’” so often in the book that they thought it would be a perfect title for the group!
This club currently has 11 members that range in age from 32 to 79. Although people have come and gone, nine of the original members remain—and some have near-perfect attendance!
Books To Spice Up Reading Group Picks
Up for adventurous reading? Veer away from novels, stories, and biographies into the uncharted territory of these unexpected book group picks that include science writing, illustrations, and atlases of other worlds.
Pocket Atlas of Remote Islands: Fifty Islands I Have Not Visited and Never Will
by Judith Schalansky; Christine Lo (Translator)
Winner of the prize for the most beautiful German book of the year
The Atlas of Remote Islands,
Interested in the story behind the story?
Do you devour stories about books, book thieves, book stores, and book sellers? Are you always wondering what happens after a story ends or before a book begins? Then this is the list for you, a treasure trove of bookish books for the extreme reader.
The Book That Made Me: A Collection of 32 Personal Stories
edited by Judith Ridge
What if you could look inside your favorite authors’ heads and see the book that led them to become who they are today?
Great Pairing For Reading Groups
Pairing a classic title with a more contemporary read can expand and enhance the reading experience. Check out these books that belong together for twice-as-nice reading—and discussing.
To The Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
A Secret Sisterhood by Emily Midorikawa, Emma Sweeney, and Margaret Atwood
Male literary friendships are the stuff of legend; think Byron and Shelley, Fitzgerald and Hemingway. But the world’s best-loved female authors are usually mythologized as solitary eccentrics or isolated geniuses.