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Book Club Resources ~ Find a Good Book!

Check out our suggestions for forming & running a book club.

Databases

Click on the link for "Library Databases" & peruse the dozens of databases. Our suggestions include:

novelist
Novelist

Electronic reader's advisory resource which assists fiction readers in finding new authors and titles. Novelist allows readers to use a favorite author or title as a template to locate other authors and titles of interest. Contains materials for all ages. Provided by the New Jersey State Library.

blooms literacy
Bloom's Literary Reference Online

Examine the lives and works of great writers throughout history. Thousands of authors and their works, 35,000 characters, glossary and subject entries featuring historical events and their impact on literature.

contemporaryauthors
Contemporary Authors

Provides complete biographical and bibliographical information and references on more than 120,000 U.S. and international authors. (Provided by the New Jersey State Library).

litresourcecenter
Literature Resouce Center

Access biographies, bibliographies, and critical analyses of more than 120,000 authors from every age and literary discipline. Scribner Writer's Series includes 15-20 page signed essays on more than 1,600 authors and literary genres. Plus a total of 600 full-text titles. (This service was partially funded by the South Jersey Regional Library Cooperative.)


literaryreferencecenter
Literary Reference Center

Reference information from antiquity to the present day.  Over 1,000 books and monographs, major literary encyclopedias and reference works, hundreds of literary journals, and unique sources not available anywhere else.

Find a good book!

Not sure what to read next? What about for the rest of the week, month or year? We have you covered! Check out these books:

1001 books you must read before you die / general editor, Peter Boxall New York, NY : Universe Publishing, c2006. Call # 016.813 ON        

Book lust : recommended reading for every mood, moment, and reason Seattle, WA : Sasquatch Books, c2003. Call # 011.73 PE          

Book lust to go : recommended reading for travelers, vagabonds, and dreamers Seattle, WA : Sasquatch Books, c2010. Call # 011.6 PE

Covert, Jack and Sattersten, Todd The 100 best business books of all time : what they say, why they matter, and how they can help you New York, NY : Portfolio, c2009. Call # 016.65 CO

Ellington, Elisabeth and Freimiller, Jane A year of reading : a month - by - month guide to classics and crowd - pleasers for you and your book group Naperville, IL : Sourcebooks, Inc., c2002. Call # 011.73

Gelman, Judy and Levy Krupp, Vicki The book club cookbook : recipes and food for thought from your book club's favorite books and authors New York, NY : Jeremy P. Tarcher / Penguin, c2004. Call # 641.5 GE

Make mine a mystery II : a reader's guide to mystery and detective fiction Santa Barbara, CA : Libraries Unlimited, c2011.  Call # 016.8093 NI

More book lust : recommended reading for every mood, moment, and reason Seattle, WA: Sasquatch Books, c2005. Call # 011.73 PE

The mother - daughter book club : how ten busy mothers and daughters came together to talk, laugh, and learn through their love of reading New York, NY : HarperPerennial, c1997. Call # 372.41 DO           

One hundred great French books : from the Middle Ages to the present, New York, NY : BlueBridge, c2010. Call # 011.73 DO

Reading group choices 2009 : selections for lively book discussions Chester, MD : Reading Group Choices, c2008. Call # 374.22 RE

Reading group choices 2012 : selections for lively book discussions Chester, MD : Reading Group Choices, c2011. Call # 011.73 RE

Book Guides

Reading Group Choices
A Book Club planner's wonderland! Be sure to check out this page.

Book Browse
This site has it all: Read-Alikes, Find a Book, Authors (Biographies, Interviews, Pronunciation Guides!!), Reading Guides, general advice and more!

Reading Group Guides
Prepare for your next book discussion here!

Lit Lovers- A well-read online community
A fabulous source for advice on running book clubs. Be sure to check out their "FREE Online LitCourses"~ 1 Literature Matters: Why We Read, 2 The Novel: A Mirror of the World, 3 How to Read: Finding Meaning, 4 How to Read: Title & Setting, 5 How to Read: Character, 6 How to Read: Plot, & 7 How to Read: Point of View.

Tips

Start a book club today! Ask your friends, family & community organizations if they are interested in participating. The following questions are suggestions for individuals contemplating begining a book club:

  • Group Composition:
    • What's the ideal size of the group?
    • If you need to recruit members, how will you extend invitations?
    • What requirements do you have for membership?
  • Reading Preferences:
    • What types of books will you read?
    • Will you focus your reading to specific topics or genres?
  • Selection Process:
    • How will you choose which books to read?
    • How far ahead will you plan?
    • How will members obtain copies of books?
  • Meeting Logistics:
    • Where will you meet?
    • How often?
    • Will you meet in the same location each time or rotate your meeting locations?
    • How long will meetings last?
    • Will refreshments be provided?
    • By whom?
    • What time will be designated specifically for socializing?
  • Facilitating Discussions:
    • How will each discussion be lead?
    • Will you designate a leader?
    • Who is responsible for providing author information and giving an introduction to the group's discussion?
    • What ground rules should be established?
    • Can members who haven't read the book attend?
    • Will guest speakers be invited?

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