The Manlius Library can be a starting point for your book club or discussion group. Below are links to resources for choosing books, book discussion guides and book reviews, information about authors, and starting a book club.
WHAT SHOULD I READ NEXT?
What shall I read next?
Choosing a book for your next read can be the most fun and the most challenging part of being in a book club. The following websites list and describe fiction and/or nonfiction books to consider:
Read excerpts from and reviews of books, as well as author interviews and reading guides.
Want to read something humorous, a mystery, something with a Latin theme? You can read about books by genre, or search by author or title. This site, created by a book-loving boat-dweller, includes new books and those that are not in a current promotion cycle, but an excellent read nonetheless.
- New York Times Bestseller Lists
NYT's weekly update of the nation's bestsellers. Lists and reviews in contemporary fiction, world literature, Latin American, the Wild West, facing history, humorous fiction, mystery / suspense, detectives & sleuths, espionage / thriller, beyond reality, and nonfiction.
- Bestseller Lists 1900-1995
Publisher's Weekly's list of bestselling hardcover books for the years 1900 to 1995. Lists the Top 10 fiction and non-fiction books for each year.
Find synopses and excerpts from selected best sellers, browse by genre, link to media book club lists. The Litblog Co-op unites twenty-one leading literary weblogs for the purpose of drawing attention to the best of contemporary fiction, authors and presses that are struggling to be noticed in a flooded marketplace. Sells new and used books. Links to unusual book awards.
The sites below list the latest and past winners of some major book awards.
- Pulitzer Prizes
Fiction - Non-fiction - History - Biography - Poetry
The Pulitzer Prize is awarded to authors whose work best depicts American life.
- The Man Booker Prize
Established by Booker-McConnell in 1968, the prize rewards the best novel of the year written by a citizen of the Commonwealth of Nations or the Republic of Ireland.
- National Book Critics Circle
The National Book Critics Circle is comprised of over 700 active book reviewers and presents awards for the finest books published in English for fiction, general nonfiction, biography/autobiography, poetry and criticism.
- Nobel Prize in Literature
The Nobel Prize has distinguished the works of authors from different languages and cultural backgrounds.
- Book Spot
Provides links to other major book awards, including numerous genres.
- The Booklist Center
Over 346 lists in over 82 categories (including anthropology, poetry, Jewish Culture, Westerns, Nonfiction Crime, Literate Fiction, Sports, and many more), of recommended books and winners of lesser-known awards, through 2004.
Author biographies, book discussion guides, reviews
- Reading Group Guides
Provides comprehensive guides for hundreds of books including bestsellers, romance, spirituality, civil war, or literary fiction.
I’d like to join a book club — how do I find one?
Book clubs or discussion groups are generally formed independently by one or two people who then invite a limited number of others to join with them. There are no standard rules or requirements – these are developed and agreed upon by the members.
- A group may typically have from 8 to 15 members (or more or less).
- They may meet once a month or every other month (or more or less).
- Groups will often meet at members’ homes, taking turns (or not), or at a library, park or coffee shop.
- Books may be chosen by consensus, or individuals may take turns, or they may chose to read books on a television book club list (Oprah, Today Show, etc.).
- The meetings may focus exclusively on discussing the book selected, or may include refreshments and socializing.
If you would like to form a book club, you can find helpful information on getting started here:
- Oprah’s New Book Club
Oprah’s Book Club requires a free, quick registration to gain access to tips for starting your own book discussion group, contacts for open book clubs in your area, dozens of online reading groups, suggested books for stimulating discussion, essay contest, and other features.