Two Things

Here are two interesting book-group related items I’ve come across recently.

In 2003, the BBC had a Big Read program to identify the Britains’ best-loved books. The winner was The Lord of the Rings, but more to the point for book groups is  BBC Big Read book group guide.  Besides offering tips on how to organize and run a book club, it lists the “top 21” and “top 100” nominated books and, for the top 21 (mostly classics like Jane Eyre, Rebecca, and To Kill a Mockingbird) it provides a handful of discussion questions.  There are also theme-related discussion questions  that could be applied to other books.

Are you familiar with Unshelved, the library comic strip?  Well, they have a book club in which, every Sunday, their comic-strip characters would talk about a book they’ve read. There don’t seem to have been any book club strips for the past year–too bad.

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About the Author:

Mary Ellen Quinn is the author of the Historical Dictionary of Librarianship (2014), the former editor of Reference Books Bulletin, and a long-time contributing writer to Booklist.

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