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Beyond the Circle: Connecting Your Group To the Community

Being in a book group can mean more than a monthly discussion around a living room or coffee shop table. Some groups have found ways to reach beyond the reading circle to share their love of books and literacy in the community. Curious about how? Here are some creative ideas suggested by our reading groups:

Build a Little Free Library
You’ve seen them in front of houses and businesses, on lawns and street corners—those small, handmade shelters where you can leave and take books. Little Free Library is a nonprofit that provides pre-built libraries,

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The Year of Emily

Emily Dickinson didn’t become a household name in poetry until long after her death, and it seems like the world is trying to catch up with its attention. Given the number of new books, exhibitions, and opportunities out there celebrating the (now) famous poet, this year might be justly called the Year of Emily.

Why the renewed attention? First, because her work is considered masterful, bold for its time in structure and subject. And then there’s her staggering output: over 1800 poems, with fewer than a dozen published during her lifetime. But above all, Dickinson is surrounded in mystery.

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Back To School Books

BACK TO SCHOOL: 13 Books to Get You Back in the Mood for School

This collection of thirteen binge-able books—including novels, long-form reportage, essay, and history—will get you back in the mood for school.

Lit Up: One Reporter. Three Schools. Twenty-Four Books That Can Change Lives By David Denby

Can teenagers be turned on to serious reading? What kind of teachers can do it, and what books? To find out, Denby sat in on a tenth-grade English class in a demanding New York public school for an entire academic year,

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Reading Group Choices Tour Dates

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 are always adding more tour dates and new locations so be sure to check back in!

Book Club Bash at Quail Ridge Books
 (Raleigh, NC)
Reading Group Choices & Quail Ridge Books
Monday, August 28th & Tuesday, August 29th, 2017

Peter Hellman,

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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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Book Group Divas

Book groups often bring together a mix of personalities. That’s part of the fun! But sometimes one person, the group “diva,” has a lot to say and makes it difficult for others to participate.

In fact, our recent survey revealed almost 2/3 of reading groups have had a member who has dominated a discussion or prevented others from speaking at some point. Some of the groups let it pass, and the problem went away on its own. But the rest found it necessary to take action so everyone in the group could have fun and participate in the discussions.

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