Monday, October 1, 2012

October is National Reading Group Month! 2012

It's my favorite time of year again! Because 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. I love book clubs, and I particularly love that there's a whole month devoted to them. In fact, a couple of weeks ago I was interviewed by the Erie, PA newspaper in a long article about book clubs.

Four years ago the WNBA started putting together a list of Great Group Reads. A group of members read ALL of the submitted books (We're talking 30+ in just a month or two!) and then based on votes, they pull together 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, have compelling characters, interesting topics, and a variety of themes.

Here is the 2012 list of Great Group Reads:
The Absolutist by John Boyne
An Age of Madness by David Maine
Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Philipp Sendker
The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach
Blue Asylum by Kathy Hepinstall
Boleto by Alyson Hagy
The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman
Equal of the Sun by Anita Amirrezvani
Faith by Jennifer Haigh
I Married You for Happiness by Lily Tuck
In the Shadow of the Banyan by Vaddey Ratner
A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash
The O’Briens by Peter Behrens
The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin
The Right-Hand Shore by Christopher Tilghman
Running the Rift by Naomi Benaron
Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward
Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal by Jeannette Winterson

Finally, for once there's a GGR selection I've already read! I loved What Alice Forgot and I agree, it would make for an excellent book club discussion. If you want even more options, check out the website for National Reading Group Month and they have now four years' worth of GGR lists.

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!


Gerbera Daisy Diaries said...

Gosh -- I totally forgot about National Reading Group Month!
I haven't read ANY on the list...makes me feel like a slacker.

Carin Siegfried said...

@ Melissa Mc, I've read one but this is a miracle! The last two years I hadn't read any either. I loved the Liane Moriarty book.