What is a Book Club?
A book club, sometimes also called a reading group, or book discussion group, is simply a collection of readers who get
together regularly to discuss books.
Book Clubs at BookBrowse...How we can help
At the top of this page are some quick links to advice pages we have developed in response to the numerous questions
we receive. These pages include everything you need to start and run a successful and fun book club, including the
critical steps you need to take to get your new book club off to a successful start, how to choose books that will
stimulate discussion, even trouble-shooting tips for dealing with difficult meeting situations!
Some book discussion groups find a reading guide (sometimes called a book discussion guide) a useful tool to direct
their club's discussions; many individuals also like to check out the reading guide for a book they've recently finished
to help them think more deeply about the book. BookBrowse currently lists more than 500 reading guides, and each and
every one is backed by a substantial excerpt from the book, multiple reviews (with no plot spoilers!) and more often than
not, an author interview, so you have everything you need to decide which books are exactly right for your book club.
Warning! Don't read the reading guide until you've read the book as they always include plot spoilers!
Instead, use the excerpt and reviews to help you choose the books that are right for your book club. Also, don't feel
restricted to books that have guides; not all publishers provide guides and there are more great books without discussion
guides than there are with discussion guides. It's very easy to come up with questions to provoke a discussion - especially
with the help of our D.I.Y. discussion guide tips!
We usually add at least a dozen new reading guides each month. All reading guides are free and 'printer friendly' but it can
be difficult to keep track of all that's new, so you might wish to consider becoming a BookBrowse member, because one of the
benefits of membership is the monthly Reading Guide and Interview magazine featuring top line summaries of all the new reading
guides and author interviews. More about membership.
Help Choosing a Book
You're a busy person, and would prefer to spend your time reading great books, not tracking them down. This is especially
important when it comes to choosing books for your book club. How to choose the best book to read, or to suggest to your
Book Club? This is where BookBrowse excels!
We believe in quality, not quantity, and only recommend books that have received exceptionally good reviews,
so you have the reassurance that whatever book you choose it's going to be a winner! Unlike so many others, we don't
blindly follow the bestseller lists and the big-budget titles. At BookBrowse you'll find a range of interesting, thought
provoking titles chosen on quality, and not on the size of their marketing budgets!
Featured Book Club Interview
Meet the Novel Ideas book club of Chicago, who take food as seriously as discussion, combining good literature with ethnic dining. Discover the books they've enjoyed, and the ones they haven't; and the types of restaurants that have proved conducive to discussion and those that haven't!
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