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Reader's Corner: Book Clubs

Looking for a good book to read but don't know where to start? This guide covers popular, award-winning, and just plain great nonfiction and fiction genres and books.

Popular Books for Discussion

Book Club Tips

  • Limit group size to between 8-15 members. If there are more than 15, there may not be enough time for everyone to talk; fewer than 8, the discussion may not be varied enough.
  • Make it fun and relaxing. A book club is not school. There are no right or wrong answers.
  • Choose books that make for a good discussion; liking the book is secondary.
  • Track down background information such as book reviews, author biographies, and author interviews. These resources can enrich understanding of the book, and help the discussion.
  • Provide a list of questions. An alternative is for each reader to bring one question they want answered.
  • Use audiovisuals if they fit the discussion.

Choose the Right Book

  • Book should have enough “oomph” to sustain discussion for at least 20 minutes
  • “Happy” books may not sustain discussion
  • Decide how far in advance you want to select your titles. Selecting titles for an entire year can limit flexibility
  • Consider choosing a topic and reading books related to it
  • Explore different genres such as Science Fiction or Graphic Novels
  • In December, everyone might bring a different book instead of having one title under discussion

For good discussions, choose:

  • Books with ambiguous endings
  • Books with plural narratives
  • Books with an unreliable narrator
  • Books requiring the main character to make a decision
  • Character-driven books

Booklists for Book Clubs in the BPL Online Catalog