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How to Choose Books for Your Reading Group

How to choose books for your book group

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.

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Take Your Book Group for a Walk

Book club ideas by Reading Group Choices: Walking book group

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,

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Adding New Members to Your Book Group

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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:

Space limitations
Sometimes groups meet in restaurants, coffee shops, small apartments,

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(Non-Book) Gifts for Book Lovers

Fill Your Gift List With Book-Loving Cheer

Sometimes it’s hard to find the perfect gift for readers. They can be particular. They can be finicky about the books they read, the authors they avoid, the editions they like best, whether they prefer hardcovers or paperbacks. And then there’s the most high-risk gamble of all: who knows what they already own or have read?

But not to worry. Reading Group Choices has made it easier to shop for the book lovers in your life this holiday season. We’ve compiled the

suggestions below, from the edible to the wearable,

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Icebreakers for Your Next (or First!) Meeting

IcebreakersMaybe your book group is meeting for the first time, or maybe you’ve had new members join (and others leave), or maybe you just want to inject some fun into your next discussion. Whatever the situation, an icebreaker activity can help!

Icebreakers can put members at ease with one another, making them feel more comfortable expressing their opinions and more likely to respect the comments of others. Plus, a bit of fun and laughter reduces awkwardness and the silences that can sometimes occur, especially at the beginning of a meeting or with new members.

Here’s one idea to get your next (or first!) discussion off to a great start: The Book Group Quiz.

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