Friday, October 1, 2010

October is National Reading Group Month!

Did you know that October is National Reading Group Month? It was started in 2007 by the Women's National Book Association, and has been picked up by libraries and bookstores nationally. It's nice to have something to promote between Back-to-School and the holidays.

Two years ago the WNBA started putting together a list of Great Group Reads. There is a group of members who read ALL of the submitted books (I'm not sure how long they'll be able to keep that up as the popularity of NRGM grows and more and more publishers submit books!) and then based on votes, there is a final list of books that would be great for book clubs. That doesn't necessarily just mean books the readers liked, but they specifically look for books that would lead to good discussions.

Here is the 2010 list of Great Group Reads:

Blame by Michelle Huneven
The Blessings of the Animals by Katrina Kittle
Cheap Cabernet: A Friendship by Cathie Beck
Eternal on the Water by Joseph Monninger
The Girl Who Fell from the Sky by Heidi W. Durrow
Little Bee by Chris Cleave
The Lotus Eaters by Tatjana Soli
Molly Fox's Birthday by Deirdre Madden
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender
The Queen of Palmyra by Minrose Gwin
Room by Emma Donoghue
Safe from the Sea by Peter Geye
Up from the Blue by Susan Henderson

Okay, it's sad that I haven't read any of these, but I've been on a nonfiction bend for most of this year, and most of these books are fiction. But Room and The Queen of Palmyra are both on my short list!

Are you in a book club? What's the best book your book club has read? Do you have any book club tips? If you do any posts about National Reading Group Month, please link to me and I'll post a round-up of blog posts on NRGM!


Caroline Starr Rose said...

I've been in several different book clubs and loved every one.

One of my most satisfying experiences was leading after-school book clubs with my social studies students (we read and discussed historical fiction or contemporary fiction set in a different setting -- think Roland Smith's PEAK).

When I stopped teaching to write full-time, my wonderful principal allowed me to continue the book club. Nothing like watching kids make literary connections!

Carin Siegfried said...

@Caroline, that's so cool they let you keep doing that! I have a list of YA books coming up towards the end of the month, and last year we had a list for a mother-daughter book club. My list of historical fiction suggestions will post Monday!

Anonymous said...

I belong to two book groups - one meeting for over ten years and one just beginning its second year.

It hard to pick one best book for book groups out of all that we have read: I loved Snow Falling on Cedars and The Waves but our discussion of The Waves wasn't good because many found it so hard to read.

Our most interesting read had to be Anna Karnina. Most of us had read it before in college or in our 20's and then we thought Anna was so romantic. Reading it in our 40's with families of our own, we all wanted to slap her and tell her to suck it up and go home.


Carin Siegfried said...

Isn't it interesting to reread? We did The Good Earth last year which I'd read in 10th grade and it was fascinating how the intervening 20 years had changed my perspective. Also interesting to hear from the people who hadn't ever read it before. I've never read AK - I just gave away my copy because I've heard the new translation is so much better and mine was 15 years old.

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