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International Children's Book Day
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April 2014

Take our annual Favorite Reading Group Books Survey and be entered to win $100 toward your next book club meeting!

April 2nd is International Children's Book Day - we have compiled a list of books to share with the young people in your life!


Plus: Last Chance to win audiobooks for your whole group, 8 rejuvenating reads for Spring, NEW Ladies' Home Journal Book Club Selection, new chances to win books, 11 ridiculously overdue library books, and a new Spotlight Book Club to meet.

The Reading Group Choices 2014 printed guide is now available! Order copies for your book group.

In This Issue
Favorite Reading Group Books Survey
Fresh Ideas for Discussion
Children's Books Picks
Ladies' Home Journal Book Club
LAST CHANCE! Discussing Audiobooks
NEW "Spotlight" Book Club
8 Rejuvenating Books To Read In The Spring
Shelf-Awareness Giveaway
11Ridiculously Overdue Library Books
Reading Group Choices 2014 Printed Guide
International Children's Book Day
Favorite Reading Group Books Survey

What was your best book discussion in the past year? Book groups want to know! And if you tell them, your group may WIN $100 to jazz up your next get-together -- plus a box of discussible titles!  Please take a moment to fill out the survey and enter your group into the random drawing. Five lucky groups will win the prize!

The results are a one-of-a-kind list of favorite DISCUSSIBLE books for book groups. Though there are many lists of books and many book awards, not all of the books on them make for the kind of lively, fun, interesting, thought-provoking, unforgettable discussions that reading groups crave. We'll compile and publish the list for you, and let you know how it compares to those chosen in previous surveys.

Fresh Ideas for Discussion

 

The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair by Joel Dicker

 

August 30, 1975: the day fifteen-year-old Nola Kellergan is glimpsed fleeing through the woods before she disappears; the day Somerset, New Hampshire, lost its innocence. Thirty-three years later, Marcus Goldman, a successful young novelist, visits Somerset to see his mentor, Harry Quebert, one of America's most respected writers, and to find a cure for his writer's block as his publisher's deadline looms. But Marcus's plans are violently upended when Harry is suddenly and sensationally implicated in the cold-case murder of Nola Kellergan -- with whom, he admits, he had an affair... 

 

 

 

Magnolia City by Duncan W. Alderson    


Houston in the 1920s is a city of established cotton kings and newly rich oil barons, where the elite live in beaux art mansions behind the gates of Courtlandt Place. Kirby Augustus Allen, grandson of the Allen brothers who founded Houston as a real estate deal, is grooming his daughter Hetty to marry Lamar Rusk, scion of the Splendora oil fortune. Instead, at the No-Tsu-Oh Carnival of 1928, beautiful, rebellious Hetty encounters a mysterious man from Montana dressed in the gear of a wildcatter--an outsider named Garret MacBride....  



The Reading Circle by Ashton Lee

Welcome to the quirky town of Cherico, Mississippi, where potluck meetings at the local library provide a feast for mind and stomach alike. . .If some folks had their way, the Cherico library would have shut down long ago. Councilman Durden Sparks aims to divert funding to a cause dear to his heart--and his wallet. With the aid of gumption and good friends, librarian Maura Beth Mayhew has finagled a one-year reprieve, and the burgeoning book club is raising the library's profile one mouthwatering meeting at a time. But more members mean more opinions. . .

 

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Love Anthony by Lisa Genova

 

Olivia Donatelli's dream of a "normal" life shattered when her son, Anthony, was diagnosed with autism at age three. He didn't speak. He hated to be touched. He almost never made eye contact. And just as Olivia was starting to realize that happiness and autism could coexist, Anthony was gone. Now she's alone on Nantucket, desperate to find meaning in her son's short life, when a chance encounter with another woman brings Anthony alive again in a most unexpected way.

 

 

The Winter Horses by Philip Kerr    

 

Bestselling author Philip Kerr brings us his first young adult novel, The Winter Horses. Set on a Nazi-occupied Ukrainian animal preserve in the winter of 1941, The Winter Horses is a breathtaking journey of survival by one Jewish girl and two endangered horses. This compassionate story captures the power of sacrifice and the endurance of the human spirit against the longest of odds. Like Milkweed and The Book Thief before it, The Winter Horses is not only for World War II buffs across generations, but also for readers who cannot resist a tale about unlikely characters coming together to fight for their lives against a common enemy.   

 

Children's Books Picks

For Young Readers: Journey by Aaron Becker

A lonely girl draws a magic door on her bedroom wall and through it escapes into a world where wonder, adventure, and danger abound. Red marker in hand, she creates a boat, a balloon, and a flying carpet that carry her on a spectacular journey toward an uncertain destiny. When she is captured by a sinister emperor, only an act of tremendous courage and kindness can set her free. Can it also lead her home and to her heart's desire? With supple line, luminous color, and nimble flights of fancy, author-illustrator Aaron Becker launches an ordinary child on an extraordinary journey toward her greatest and most exciting adventure of all.


For Middle Readers:Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein

Kyle Keeley is the class clown and a huge fan of all games -- board games, word games, and particularly video games. His hero, Luigi Lemoncello, the most notorious and creative gamemaker in the world, just so happens to be the genius behind the construction of the new town library. Lucky Kyle wins a coveted spot as one of twelve kids invited for an overnight sleepover in the library, hosted by Mr. Lemoncello and riddled with lots and lots of games. But when morning comes, the doors stay locked. Kyle and the other kids must solve every clue and figure out every secret puzzle to find the hidden escape route!


For Older Readers: Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan

Willow Chance is a twelve-year-old genius, obsessed with nature and diagnosing medical conditions, who finds it comforting to count by 7s. It has never been easy for her to connect with anyone other than her adoptive parents, but that hasn't kept her from leading a quietly happy life . . . until now. Suddenly Willow's world is tragically changed when her parents both die in a car crash, leaving her alone in a baffling world. The triumph of this book is that it is not a tragedy. This extraordinarily odd, but extraordinarily endearing, girl manages to push through her grief. Her journey to find a fascinatingly diverse and fully believable surrogate family is a joy and a revelation to read.


Ladies' Home Journal Book Club



In the April Ladies' Home Journal Book Club selection, Oleander Girl, award-winning author, poet and activist Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni weaves a complex cross-cultural coming-of-age saga about discovering one's identity amidst the formidable pressures and expectations set by family and society....




Read "A Cross-Cultural Exploration of Personal Identity and Familial Duty" by Reading Group Choices' Neely Kennedy for discussible topics and themes! 

LAST CHANCE! Discussing Audiobooks

 

Perhaps your book group would like to discuss a book that you all listen to, instead of read, in 2014. It might add a new dimension to your discussion as you compare reactions to the narrator or glean new insights from an inflection. If you would like to try it, we have a suggestion. Since June is AudioBook Month, Reading Group Choices, in conjunction with Macmillan Audio, will distribute FREE audiobooks of either Jane Green's Tempting Fate or Lisa Scottoline's Keep Quiet to all groups who sign up on our Random Drawing Webpage. Your group will receive the audiobooks at the end of April, giving everyone in your group time to do their listening before your June meeting

 

Tempting Fate by Jane Green
Read by author

Gabby and Elliott have been happily married for eighteen years. They have two teenaged daughters; they have built a life together. So why does she even look at the handsome guy--ten years younger--at the other end of the bar one night? Gabby is the last person to have an affair--a physical one, at least. But Matt makes her feel sparkling, fascinating--something she hasn't felt in years. Surely there's no harm in continuing a long-distance friendship? Surely there's no harm in an emotional affair? As Gabby steps ever deeper into the allure of attraction and attention, things turn perilous. If she makes one wrong move she could lose everything--and find out what really matters most.

 

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Keep Quiet by Lisa Scottoline
Read by Ron Livingston

Jake Whitmore is enjoying a rare bonding moment with his sixteen-year-old son, Ryan, when disaster strikes. They get in a terrible car accident that threatens to derail not only Ryan's chances at college, but his entire future. Jake makes a split-second decision that saves his son from formal punishment, but plunges them both into a world of guilt, lies, and secrecy. Just when Jake thinks he has everything under control, a malevolent outsider comes forward with the power to expose Jake's secret and taunts him to the breaking point. Lisa Scottoline's Keep Quiet is the powerful and gut-wrenching tale of the unraveling--and the ultimate redemption--of a family. 

 

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NEW "Spotlight" Book Club

Our current "Spotlight" Book Club is "So Check It: We're Still Literate". Read about their group here.



Become one of our Spotlight Book Clubs!

Spotlight Book Club Email us at info@readinggroupchoices.com with a picture of your book group and description of what makes your reading group unique.

If your book club is chosen, we will send you and your group a box of books to share!

8 Rejuvenating Books To Read In The Spring

In a Huffington Post article, "8 Rejuvenating Books To Read In The Spring": What better to read, during this season of renewal, than great books about the bittersweet joys of starting over? We've collected 8 books ideal for reading this season, with the lush spring settings and inspiring themes that make us feel refreshed and energized. Even when melancholy descends and a chilly breeze blows, spring never truly loses its sense of possibility, and neither do these fantastic books. (Tip: They're enjoyed even more fully when read in the park on a sunny spring day.)

The eight books include: A Room With a View by E.M. Forster, The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare, How It All Began by Penelope Lively, The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone by Tennessee Williams, Middlemarch by George Eliot, Birds of America by Lorrie Moore, Lady Chatterley's Lover by D.H. Lawrence, and Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman


Shelf-Awareness Giveaway

Shelf-Awareness is giving away a free book everyday to celebrate Spring (through April 5)!

 

They have hardbound, first editions from well-known writers and hotly anticipated new titles from Douglas Coupland, Gene Hackman (that one), Janet Evanovich, Helen Fielding, Allison Brennan, Melissa Walker, Rhys Bowen and many more.

 

Enter to win a new book! 

 

11 Ridiculously Overdue Library Books

Libraries play a big role in book clubs. We all do our best to return books back when they are due. But every now and then we miss the due date for many reasons. But before you beat yourself up about it, MentalFloss.com has a list of "11 Ridiculously Overdue Library Books (That Were Finally Returned)." The longest overdue book was checked out by our first president, George Washington! The Law of Nations by Emmerich de Vattel was checked out for 221 years, returned in 2010.

"Five months into his first presidential term, George Washington borrowed this legal manifesto from the historic New York Society Library. For the next 221 years, it remained stowed away at his Virginia home, and organization officials wondered if they'd ever see it again. "We're not actively pursuing overdue fines," joked head librarian Mark Bartlett. "But we would be very happy to see the book returned." His wish was granted when Mount Vernon staff finally sent it back in 2010 (luckily, they dodged a whopping $300,000 late fee)."

   

Reading Group Choices 2014 Printed Guide

The New Year--perhaps a perfect time to recharge and refocus your book club discussions with the help of Reading Group Choices 2014. Here you will find over fifty of the year's best titles, their summaries, critical praise, as well as thoughtful discussion questions for each--titles including Mrs. Poe, The Weight of Small Things and Visit Sunny Chernobyl.  Make your next group get together seamless and relaxing by letting us do the work for you!

Buy a copy for yourself for $6.95, or for book club members for $3.95 each when you order 5 or more!
 
 
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International Children's Book Day  
 
   
   
This April, we are pleased to honor International Children's Book Day (April 2nd) by suggesting a few Children's books that adults are sure to enjoy.  A Caldecott Medal Honor Book, Journey uses spellbinding illustrations to tell the wordless story of one little girl's fanciful journey.  Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library will appeal to those with a love of libraries and a sense of adventure, while Counting by 7s addresses loss and love in a story of ultimate triumph. Whether you enjoy one of these titles, or one of your own choosing, selecting a children's book for a favorite young person or even for your next book club get together is a fun way to inspire a fresh and lively discussion.         

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