For even the most avid readers, the prospect of delving into poetry can be intimidating…but it doesn’t have to be! We’ve compiled a list of where you might begin, from poet Matthew Zapruder’s convincing argument as to why reading poetry is important, to some of the most breathtaking, beautiful, and bold poetry books published in recent years.
To get started, select a book and then check out our suggestions for how to introduce poetry into your reading group and spark discussion.
Perfect Pairings of Cross-Genre Reads
Think of great pairings in the world, such as red wine with steak, hot chocolate with snowstorms, Simon with Garfunkel. Each one alone is fine, but the combination creates something new and different.
The same is true for reading groups. We often limit our book choices to one genre or the other, fiction or nonfiction. But one way to enrich your group’s discussion is to read a novel alongside a work of nonfiction, whether a biography, cultural study, or even the author’s own memoir or journals.
Nonfiction can expand our understanding of a novel: how it fits into an author’s life,
The best of the best lists have come in…
…and we’ve compiled them here for you! There’s no shortage of “best of” lists in fiction, nonfiction, history, mystery, cooking, and more. The Top 50, Dazzling Dozen, Notable 100. Lists are everywhere. And with so many books from 2017, it would take all of 2018 to catch up.
At Reading Group Choices, we’ve done a bit of work for you. Below are ten titles we recommended this year that also appeared on another (or two, or many!) top lists. Some have already received attention, while others may have more attention yet to come.
Titles To Provoke Your Mind and Heart
While some books deliver us to worlds far from our own and delight us by completely removing us from our own lives, there are still others that invite readers to turn inward and become more present to the current moment. How can we be more observant of improbable moments of grace? What does it mean to believe in something so much you would die for it? How can we be more empathetic? These questions and more are examined by this following list of books with subjects that span aging,
Reading In The Shadow of the Eiffel Tower
Paris, 2017: Two blocks from the Eiffel Tower you’ll find the rue du Général Camou, and there, at number 10, the American Library in Paris. The library has existed for nearly 100 years. It was established in the days of the First World War, when it served as a resource for Americans stationed abroad.
Today it opens its doors to anyone who wishes to join, and features the largest English-language circulating collection on the European continent.
Among the benefits of membership to the library is its book clubs.
Welcome to our new edition!
Reading Group Choices 2018 is now available for purchase (eBook and paperback) on our website! We hope you enjoy the variety of fiction, nonfiction, and young adult titles we have recommended this year. Thank you, readers, for your continued support, interest, and passion for books. Have fun choosing your books for the year! Happy reading and discussing!
Our picks for 2018
Ahimsa by Supriya Kelkar
The Almost Sisters by Joshilyn Jackson
Animals Strike Curious Poses by Elena Passerello
As You Wish by Chelsea Sedoti
The Association of Small Bombs by Karan Mahajan
Bang by Barry Lyga
Beck by Mal Peet
Behave by Andromeda Romano-Laz
Being Mortal by Atul Gawande
The Best of Us by Joyce Maynard
The Boat Runner by Devin Murphy
The Chilbury Ladies’