Book Club Resources

Fall is right around the corner, and with everyone going back to school, it’s time to get serious about book club. Not so serious that we turn it into “Fight Club” (the number one rule of Book Club is actually to talk about Book Club). Instead, now is a great time to join or start a book club.

Of course, we’d love to invite you to join the TFPL Book Club. We’re very informal – you can choose how often you come, and we provide snacks and a discussion leader. In fact, you don’t even have to read or finish the book. We just want to get people talking. We meet at 5:30 the second Tuesday of each month (unless it’s a holiday), and we don’t care if you come late or leave early – you can also come early and leave late, if you like! Click on the “tfpl book club” tab at the top of the blog for more information.

If you’re looking at starting or revamping your own book club, we’ve also got resources for you – here are some tips to help you get started. You can always talk with one of the Reference Librarians (Amy, Beth, or Jennifer) for some great recommendations for good books. We’ve also got these handy-dandy Book Club Kits; all you have to do is supply the readers. Keep checking that page for added titles.

Finally, there are some great resources on the web. Here are a few of our favorites:

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Reading Group Choices

  • This site is one of the best for book clubs. It offers discussion guides, recommendations, advice, and even drawings for copies of books. Sign up for their monthly newsletter for more ideas.

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Reading Group Guides

  • This is another great site for all-around book club use. Find author interviews, discussion guides, and even register your own book club group for special drawings.

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Book Browse

  • A great site for readers in general, though they do have a couple of Book Club links, including an online book club, if you’re looking for one to join.

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Oprah’s Book Club

  • Oprah’s show may be over, but her interest in books lives on through her book club site. You can check out previous Oprah choices, or get information on exciting new reads.

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Barnes and Noble Review

  • Although not geared to book clubs, this site is a great resource for author information, recommendations, and reviews from people in the know. Take a look at their fun “Five Books” feature.

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NoveList Plus (just click on the link at the TFPL website)

  • NoveList Plus is almost as good as having your own personal librarian. They offer great content, such as access to professional reviews, discussion guides, and feature articles by their in-house librarians. They also allow you to search for books, both fiction and nonfiction, by such traits as subject, genre, award winners, author nationality, and many more. You can also do a plot search!

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Whether you start your own, or join an existing one, give a Book Club a chance this fall. They’re not only great for making friends or finding new books, they’re also good for keeping your mind sharp (which you might need if you also decide to join a Fight Club this fall – good luck with that!)

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