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A+ Academic Mysteries

September 6, 2018

Ah, September. Many consider this the beginning of the year, with so many returning to school to start the next chapter of their academic journey. What a busy time—especially when you add murder and mystery to the mix. These A+ mysteries will give you a peek inside those hallowed halls of academe, where things are…

Campaign Widows by Aimee Agresti

September 6, 2018

‘Tis the (election) season! Feeling a bit of political fatigue as we head into the 2018 elections? Book Clubbish has the perfect book club kit remedy for you. The West Wing meets Sex and the City in Aimee Agresti’s Campaign Widows [Graydon House], a wickedly sharp, wildly fun take on the Washington landscape. Follow the misadventures of the “widows,” an inner circle of DC elites…

The September 2018 LibraryReads List

September 4, 2018

Librarians around the country have voted these 10 titles as the September 2018 LibraryReads list! The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton “Imagine the movie Groundhog Day except this time Aiden Bishop wakes up each day in a deteriorating manor house, as a different person, and must work out who he is…

#AskaLibrarian Monthly Roundup: August

August 30, 2018

Every Thursday from 12-1pm ET readers can ask librarians for reading recommendations using #AskaLibrarian. It’s a great way to get new books ideas, and to suggest some of your favorite book club picks, as well. We’ve been joining in the fun by asking librarians for some great book club recommendations. This month, we asked for…

Top 10 SciFi/Fantasy: 2018

August 14, 2018

A healthy mix of genre superstars and fresh new voices, and of diverse authors, styles, and characters, means that this year’s 10 best sf/fantasy titles, reviewed in Booklist between August 2017 and July 2018, offer something for everyone. 84K by Claire North When a man discovers that an old friend has been murdered, his investigation…

Core Collection: Music in Nonfiction

August 9, 2018

We continue discussing music titles in your core collection that will generate lively conversations and listening sessions with these nonfiction books. Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen In this entertaining autobiography, Springsteen traces his trajectory from working-class New Jerseyan to humble superstardom in prose that recalls his unique songwriting style in its insight, light, and…

Core Collection: Music in Fiction

August 7, 2018

Music is such a powerful force in our lives, expressing our desires and fears, love and heartache, providing consolation and inspiration. We are also intrigued by musicians and their lives. Because music is a wellspring for writers, it is also an alluring and fruitful subject for book discussions. We hope that these works of musical…

The August 2018 LibraryReads List

August 3, 2018

Librarians around the country have voted these 10 titles as the August 2018 LibraryReads list! Vox by Christina Dalcher “In the future world depicted in Vox, women are limited to speaking 100 words per day. Readers will want to shout every word in their heads, hoard every book in their libraries, and second guess the…

Thrilling and Chilling Beach Reads

August 2, 2018

As summer winds down, we all want just a few more moments of beach time, with the sand between our toes and the cool ocean waves beckoning us to enjoy one last swim. These reads will give you that endless summer feeling—plus a puzzling mystery to solve. Live and Let Chai by Bree Baker Life…

Sarah Jessica Parker’s Summer Reading List

July 31, 2018

Check out what Book Club Central Honorary Chair Sarah Jessica Parker has been reading and recommending this summer on Instagram! We’ll update the books throughout the summer so you can read with SJP. The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor A riveting and relentlessly compelling psychological suspense debut that weaves a mystery about a childhood game…

HOW TO BOOK CLUB

Find Books for a Book Club

There’s a question I always ask whenever I visit a book club: “What’s the best book you’ve ever discussed?” This is a surefire way to start a lively discussion, one that always begins with the books the group has enjoyed and inevitably transitions to those they haven’t. Eventually, the group will conclude that the best…

Find A Book Club

Joining a book club can seem impossible if you don’t know where to look but you’ll find like-minded book lovers at the following tried-and-tested places. BOOK CLUBS IRL The Library Always the best place for aspiring book clubbers to start. Head to the reference desk and ask the person there about book clubs she’s sure…

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