Is your book group in a rut? Are folks sick of reading World War II-era historical fiction? Is your attendance dwindling? Maybe it’s time to go rogue.
Booklist hosted a live event (sponsored by NoveList) where we gathered some book-group experts to talk about what makes a good selection, how to pick something unexpected for your group without causing a mass exodus, and lots and lots of suggestions for when you want to take your book group rogue. You can watch the full video of the event here—and hear why Liz Kirchhoff from Barrington Area Library, Kathy Sexton from Skokie Public Library, and Katharine Solheim from Unabridged Books in Chicago chose each one. For those interested in going rogue, here’s part 1 of the list of books discussed.
American Born Chinese
by Gene Luen Yang
by Shaun Tan
The Bear and the Nightingale
by Katherine Arden
This was a bestseller, which might spark curiosity. A great choice for groups that liked The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey. May also generate discussion about the history of Russia and paganism versus Christianity.
Susan Maguire is the Senior Editor for Collection Management and Library Outreach at Booklist.