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Top 10 Book-Group Books: 2018

July 24, 2018

Whether you’re planning ahead for a library book group or selecting for circulating book-club kits, these 10 discussion-worthy titles, reviewed by Booklist from July 2017 through June 2018, will get people talking. Fiction Bellewether by Susanna Kearsley A small museum holds the secrets to a star-crossed romance during the Seven Years’ War in this blend…

Mystery Across America

July 10, 2018

For many, summer means it’s time to hit the road. I love to travel, but there’s never enough time―or money―to go to all the places I’d like to go. So I do what all readers do―travel in the pages of a book. This month’s list of mysteries spans states across the US, showcasing books with…

A Prison Book Club: Your New Favorite Readers’ Advisor

July 2, 2018

Before it was announced that a new George Pelecanos novel was forthcoming, I had begun to worry that one of my favorite authors might have decided to devote himself full time to movies and television. You could hardly blame him, after the groundbreaking success of The Wire and Treme. But with the arrival of The…

Mysteries That Make You Laugh

June 4, 2018

Many book clubs choose novels that deal with serious issues, grappling with strong emotions and the darkness of the human heart. After several books like this, though, sometimes you need a break. You need something lighter, something fun. That’s why I’ve asked these authors to tell us a bit about their humorous mysteries. Wouldn’t a…

The July 2018 LibraryReads List

June 3, 2018

Librarians around the country have voted these 10 titles as the July 2018 LibraryReads list! Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik “A wonderful reimagining of the Rumpelstiltskin story. A tale of love, family, magic, and destiny, told from the perspective of three strong female characters.” –Melanie Liechty, Logan Library, Logan, UT Del Rey, 2018. Clock Dance…

Join Our Summer Reading Challenge and Be Entered for a Chance to Win!

May 22, 2018

Read one of Sarah Jessica Parker’s Book Club Central selections with your book club this summer and enter for your chance to win a prize pack of Book Club Central swag and a collection of books that SJP has recommended on her Instagram! To enter, take a picture of your book club with the SJP…

Newspaper Tales for the Book Club that Loved The Post

May 15, 2018

by Karen Kleckner Keefe Sometimes the juiciest bits of the news are the stories behind the story. These nonfiction titles are perfect for the book clubs who enjoyed the Oscar-nominated film The Post and want more stories where journalists take center stage. Personal History by Katherine Graham As seen in the new movie The Post,…

Not the Usual Suspects

May 9, 2018

Looking for a mystery that’s not the same old, same old? We’ve got you covered. Try one of these novels with some of the most compelling and unusual detectives in crime fiction. The Saints of the Lost and Found by T. M. Causey Avery Broussard is the most unusual of protagonists, a young woman who…

Rogue Book Group Choices, Part 4

May 2, 2018

And finally, here is part 4 of the list of rogue book group choices for when your book club feels like it’s stuck in a rut. These selections are from Booklist’s live event (sponsored by NoveList) with book group experts, and you can watch the full video of the event here. The Opposite of Loneliness…

The May 2018 LibraryReads List

May 1, 2018

Librarians around the country have voted these 10 titles as the May 2018 LibraryReads list! Furyborn by Claire Legrand “Fierce, independent women full of rage, determination, and fire. The first novel in the Empirium trilogy holds appeal for both young adult and adult readers. For fans of Game of Thrones, Once Upon a Time, and…


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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