With 2020 here, many people are thinking about New Years resolutions. And, if you’re the avid reader we think you are, you might be thinking about some reading resolutions for the new year. Reading Group Choices wants to help! Here are six things you can resolve to do as you read in 2020:
1. Read a book with someone.
Challenge a friend to read a book with you. Whether you meet up to talk about the book after finishing it or you set aside time to read together, this resolution can grow your friendships and check a book or two off of your reading bucket list.
Celebrate wine, cocktails, and reading with these drink recipes inspired by the French Revolution and the new novel Ribbons of Scarlet!
Starting a Revolution
Six celebrated authors of historical fiction—Kate Quinn, Stephanie Dray, Laura Kamoie, E. Knight, Sophie Perinot, and Heather Webb—joined to create Ribbons of Scarlet, a timely story of the power of women to start a revolution and change the world.
In late eighteenth-century France, women did not have a place in politics. But as the tide of revolution rose,
There are certain perennial questions for a book lover: hardcover or paperback? E-reader or print? Write in the margins or never, ever mark a page?
And then there’s the matter of organizing your book collection, open to eternal debate. Genre, color, no scheme at all? Reading Group Choices understands, and we offer a few ideas to help readers arrange that growing home library!
Give Me Function!
When looking at your shelves or piles of books, first decide your goal: Are you frustrated because you can never find that title you’re looking for?
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
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,