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Where to find reading guides

Created: 12/29/11

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admin

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Where to find reading guides

When will you have discussion questions on Michael Connelly's The Reversal (Harry Bosch)?

I need some desperately.

Thanks, Marsha

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davinamw

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RE: Where to find reading guides

Hi Marsha

I've searched high and low and there doesn't seem to be one. Virtually all are produced by the publisher so I checked there first, and nothing... http://www.hachettebookgroup.com/books_9780316069465.htm

What I can offer you is our DIY discussion guide suggestions...
http://www.bookbrowse.com/bookclubs/advice/index.cfm/fuseaction/diy_guides
I think if you take a deep breath and look through this page you'll easily be able to come up with half a dozen topics to get the conversation rolling.

Good luck!

Davina


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davinamw

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RE: Where to find reading guides

We receive questions similar to Marsha's a lot - in fact rarely a day goes by without an urgent email from someone asking where to find a reading guide!

The bottom line is that discussion guides exist for only a tiny fraction of books published. This is because almost all guides are produced by the publishers, who tend to only create them for books that they think are particularly suited for book clubs, and often only when the book is in paperback.

To find a reading guide for a specific book:
1) Google "book title reading guide" and scan the first two pages of results.
2) Visit the publisher's website, search for the book and check for a link to a reading guide.

If neither of these reveal a guide then the chances are that there is not one in existence (and this is likely to be the case if the book you're reading was published more than about a decade ago, isn't a normal book club type book, or is not yet in paperback).

In which case, I suggest our DIY Discussion Guide tips at: http://www.bookbrowse.com/bookclubs/advice/index.cfm/fuseaction/diy_guides

Davina - BookBrowse editor


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davinamw

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Using BookBrowse to Find Reading Guides

Whether you feel you must have a reading guide when discussing a book, or you just want to make great selections for your book club, I suggest you use BookBrowse to pick your book club choices: http://www.bookbrowse.com/reading_guides/genre/

There are various sites that list reading guides, but BookBrowse has the advantage that we only recommend books for book clubs that we personally believe are best in class and, in addition to a reading guide of each, we always provide an excerpt and a range of reviews, so you have everything you need to decide which books are right for you. All visitors can search the almost 1000 recommendations by genre, title and author; and members can search by time period, setting and theme as well.


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