Books, Books and more Books! With an overwhelming selection of enticing-poorly written-predictable-and keep-you-up-all-night reads today, how do you choose books for your book club? For our club, each host gets to pick their book and shape their meetings around the selection.
We have a few members who get stressed (and hilarious) when it comes time to make their book selections. Just stay calm, since there are a myriad of resources to find your selections.
Here are a few ideas for you to help you pick your next read:
- Talk to other people who love to read!
- Ask your librarian—our local ELA Library has an entire book club selection area with ideas. Library websites also include lists, such as Chicago Public Library’s top 2016 rentals.
- Browse your local bookstore. Pick up a book, read the jacket, sample a page. Ask an employee what they liked recently.
- Many newspapers and magazines, from People to The New York Times to Vanity Fair, include new book releases on a regular basis.
- Goodreads website gives you a place to find books, fellow readers, research genres.
- Bookbrowse is an online booklover’s magazine. They have a “First Impressions” you can join where they send 5-6 books a year to either write a review or join a discussion, for a small fee.
- You can Google many topics for book lists. Be careful, it’s easy to get lost doing this: top historical fiction, history, chick lit, novels, young adult, science fiction.
It can be overwhelming, so keep it simple. Remember, it is a BOOK CLUB choice–happy reading!
The journey continues.
Cindy, the WBL Book Club Wrangler
P.S. With all the new books out, it is easy to overlook the classics. Refresh your list with some timeless (or dated) literature.