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Reading Plays With Your Book Group

Recommendations for plays to read with your book group

Raise the curtain on adding plays to your book group’s discussions.

Plays might not be an obvious choice for book groups. After all, they’re meant for the stage, surrounded by an audience, right? But reading and discussing a play with your group can open up new ways of thinking about stories and add variety to your regular diet of novels, memoirs, and other prose. (And maybe reveal a secret actress or actor among your members!)

Reading Group Choices is pleased to offer these tips for reading a play with your group.

We’ve also rounded up a selection of titles to choose from,

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Best of the “Best of” Books 2018

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,

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You’ve Got Mail: Books Featuring Letters

As the world moves faster, there’s one object that will always hold appeal: the letter. The epistolary novel, one told through letters, has long held its place in literary works. The exchange of mail and messages still carries a mysterious and romantic allure: long-distance mail or notes never sent; friendships and romances built upon correspondence.

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The Magic Touch

Otherworldly Books

Reading Group Choices has compiled a list of books that range from dystopian visions of the future to historical romps with witches and everything in between…including a magical bookshop and a love story spanning space and time. Whether you’re looking to escape daily routine for a moment or are interested in exploring new landscapes, these books can take you as far as you’re willing to go.

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Crimes of the “Art”

Lost manuscripts, stolen paintings, forged masterpieces. Crimes of the “art” are a perennial favorite, and we love to take part in them as readers.

Perhaps a love of books makes us fascinated by mysteries and crimes that involve books themselves. Perhaps we all dream of finding the never-before-seen novel, or discovering that our thrift-store canvas is actually worth millions…

Reading Group Choices has assembled a list of reads that focus on literary and artistic crimes. Stories of black markets and priceless treasures, great fakes and people who may not be who they seem. They raise good questions about what’s real and what isn’t,

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