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Why Readers Love Their Book Groups: 2018 Survey Results

Reading Group Choices explores why readers love book groups.

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.

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Top Ten Read Books from RGC 2018

Our 2018 survey results are in! And along with our readers’ favorite books of the year, we have a list of the top ten most-read books specifically from Reading Group Choices 2018.

Has your group read all of these terrific books yet?

1. Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance

Hillbilly Elegy is one of our book group favorites for 2018

 

A passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis—that of white working-class Americans. The disintegration of this group, a process that has been slowly occurring now for more than forty years,

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Wordplay Author Speed Dating!

Reading Group Choices is hosting a literary extravaganza at Wordplay! Come join us for this free event of author speed dating & book giveaways!

Reading Group Choices is happy to partner with Wordplay for a literary extravaganza to celebrate our readers. In our fast-paced world, reading groups offer us the time to slow down, catch up with friends, and talk about wonderful books.

We want to celebrate you the readers with a free session of fun giveaways, delicious snacks, and rounds of author speed-dating with these terrific authors: Linda LeGarde Grover,

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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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Reading Group Choices Tour Dates & Upcoming Events

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.

Keith O’Brien, author of Fly Girls
702WI |Madison, WI
Tuesday, March 5th @ 7pm

Michael Edmonds, author of Taking Flight: A History of Birds and People in the Heart of America
@ Olbrich Botanical Gardens |Madison,

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