The list author says: "I have been in love with books and book clubs ever since I learned my grandmother created one back in the 1920s. It began with my grandmother, her two best friends and my mother's godmother. They called it the Inner Circle. The group expanded from book reading to include putting on plays and establishing charitable donations for churches and families in need. The club is still in existence today.
Amazon has a page devoted to book club selections for all ages. There are book club guides and companions for every age - including book clubs in schools. And of course there are book lover journals and diaries to record your reading memories.
In a world gone digital, book clubs are a great way to connect with friends, mothers and daughters, teachers and students.
Consider starting a summer book club with your kids based on their reading list, or a monthly book club with your close friends.
Make it a themed book club (books made into movies, cookbooks, mysteries, romances, etc.) You can even base it on a monthly subscription to a magazine (like a group did in DC for the New Yorker Magazine.)
Whatever you do, just make it fun and rewarding for everyone involved."
"In Book by Book Cindy Hudson offers all the how-to tips mothers need to start their own successful book clubs. Hudson offers her own firsthand experience as the founder of two long-running successful mother-daughter book clubs."
"Containing a diverse selection of books to choose from, the guide includes a non-spoiler synopsis, background information on the author, historical context, interesting discussion points and facts, and potential companion volumes."
"Booksellers know very well how ubiquitous the reading group has become, and The Book Club Companion is full of innovative ideas designed to entertain their members and enrich the book club experience."
"Get into in-class book clubs. You'll motivate students to read, help them enjoy the experience, and give them an opportunity to become more reflective and accomplished readers as they share in the excitement of connecting the real world to the classroom."
"This gorgeous journal is designed for anyone who enjoys meeting friends for an absorbing discussion of a book. Everyone has something to say, so record your meetings in a "Book Group Journal". The journal begins with a section on Getting Started, to guide you through finding or setting up a group, choosing books, leading a discussion and all the practicalities such as where to meet."
"Beautifully detailed woodcuts illustrate the pages and quotations describe the joy of books and reading. By keeping track of the books read and noting their effect, this journal becomes a valuable personal history."
"Here is the reading journal youve always wanted. At last, a place to record the books youve read. Months and years from now, this journal will help you instantly recall long-forgotten details of your reading experience."
"Tim Bazzett uses a lifelong love affair with books as a springboard to recalling an eventful life marked by unexpected twists and turns that took him and his family from Michigan to California to Europe and back, during his various stints as student, teacher, and recycled soldier."
"Many readers have wished for a way to record their thoughts after finishing a book, or to remember their impressions of their book club meeting. Nancy Pearl's Book Lust Journal is the perfect place to do these things and more."
"Early one autumn afternoon in pursuit of an elusive book on her shelves, Susan Hill encountered dozens of others that she had never read, or forgotten she owned, or wanted to read for a second time. The discovery inspired her to embark on a year-long voyage through her books, forsaking new purchases in order to get to know her own collection again."
"Joy Farrington is the president of Lit Diva, Inc., a company that specializes in assisting coaches, speakers, and non-fiction authors with the writing, publishing, and marketing of their books. Here is a book club meeting guide that can help anyone jump start their book club."
""Books" features alphabetically organised sections to personalise, 6 blank sections to be filled in as desired, blank pages, a complimentary bookmark and 202 adhesive labels to further personalise the notebook. It also features acid-free paper and a double expandable inner pocket."
"After retiring from a lifetime of teaching literature, Patricia Meyer Spacks embarked on a year-long project of rereading dozens of novels. On Rereading records the sometimes surprising, always fascinating, results of her personal experiment."
"The 200 favorites included here were culled from the recommendations of more than 70 reading groups in California, Oregon, Colorado, and New York, and the resulting list is a good blend of fiction and nonfiction, classics, relatively unknown regional writers, and the occasional best seller."
"The ultimate organizing resource for book-lovers and a self-published hit gives readers a one-stop shop to keep track of their reading. Featuring 60 cross-referenced lists of literary awards and notable picks (Pulitzer, National Book Award, 100 Best Books of the Century), this journal offers more than 2500 suggestions to help readers discover great literature and new authors."
"Perfect for teens who love to read and those who need a companion for school assignments or summer reading programs, Read, Remember, Recommend for Teens offers more than 2400 award-winning and notable reading suggestions in many genres, cross-referenced to help parents and teens chose the right books for them."
"This newly revised edition includes updated reading lists and bibliographies plus additional suggestions on group dynamics; organizational, administrative, and logistical issues; and discussion techniques garnered from extensive surveying of book groups."
"Comprehensive and up-to-date, the book covers the club from its inception in 1996, through the Jonathan Franzen contretemps, the surprising suspension in 2002, and, after the clubÂs return in 2003, the progression from Âgreat booksÂ to memoir. New material includes an extensive look at the James Frey scandal and Oprah's turn to contemporary fiction, including The Road and Middlesex."
"Reading Women marshals information that has been, up to this point, either nonexistent or scattered in book club guides. Readers will learn the difference between women's fiction, romance, and chick lit, as well as why these genres provide a rich trove of discussion topics for book groups."
"As a native of DC and longtime reader of the Washington Post Book World, I am always thrilled when Yardley collects his book reviews and publishes them. In Second Reading we get all the classics and then some."
"Book group enthusiasts rejoice! This one-of-a-kind organizer keeps book club information in one easily accessible place, with pages for jotting down reading notes and group members' contact info, a book log, and a meeting calendar."