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?
Two hundred years separate Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice from the new novel by Sonali Dev, Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors. Yet the line between these two romantic comedies is clear. And Dev’s book pays homage to the Austen classic while placing its storyline squarely into our current world.
The Original Rom-Com
Pride and Prejudice has been called the original romantic comedy, pitting the witty and headstrong Elizabeth Bennet against (and ultimately with) Fitzwilliam Darcy. The novel established the ground rules for how these romantic stories play out:
Two characters share a dislike of each other,
Reading Group Choices participates in book festivals, partners with bookstores, and hosts events all over the country!
We hope to see you at an event this year! And please share these events with your book-loving friends around the country. We’re always adding more tour dates and new locations so be sure to check back in.
Maria Zizka, author of The Newlywed Table
@ Madison Chocolate Company |Madison, WI
Sunday, May 5th @ 5pm
Author Speed Dating at Wordplay
@ Open Book Center |Minneapolis,
Along with the authors we know and love, part of our joy at Reading Group Choices is recommending great new writers making their debuts! We’re almost at the halfway point for 2019, and the year has already given us an impressive roster of first-time novels and memoirs.
We’ve identified half a dozen debuts to read with your group, with discussion questions, interviews, excerpts, and other materials below to help create a lively discussion. Take a chance on someone new!
We’ll look forward to what the rest of the year brings…
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
We wanted to find out why readers love their book groups!
Which is why we asked them to tell us in our 2018 RGC survey. The results are in, and they remind us how valuable reading groups are for connecting with others and expanding the way we think. Want to know what readers enjoy most about being in a group? Here are the top reasons, along with their own words…
1. Stretching Boundaries
“Reading books that I would not normally choose on my own.” This positive aspect of book groups appeared time and again in our survey responses.