If so, you may find the perfect nexus in a book group. There are many types of book groups, ranging from a group of friends getting together monthly to discuss an essay to special-interest virtual groups, such as Thumper's Corner, which is specifically for African-American literature.
Local Drop-In Book Groups
- The Denver Book Club meets at the Denver Press Club the fourth Thursday each month. Selections are made democratically by the members, and alternate between fiction and nonfiction, and only books easily available at used bookstores and libraries are chosen.
- The Denver Public Library has many many options for book discussions, ranging from an online book group to the Books 'n Brown Bag Book Club at the University Hills branch. Check out the 2012 schedule for times, locations and upcoming titles to be discussed.
- Everyone is welcome at any of the Tattered Cover Book Clubs, which take place at all three locations and cover genres including mysteries, travel, journaling, fiction and nonfiction.&
- The Denver Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Club has been around since 1994, and has read over 200 books, alternating between science fiction and fantasy. They usually meet the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month at the Barnes & Noble on South Colorado Boulevard, but it's best to check with them since times and location may vary.
Starting your Own Book Group
- Reading Group Guides has concise and practical tips for recruiting members and establishing guidelines as well as Monthly Book Group Tips.
- Even though her influential TV book group is no more, her interest in promoting reading lives on. Oprah's Book Club 2.0 offers suggestions for how to structure the group, tips on keeping the discussion going, and even some recipes.
- If you'd like to help your children discover the wonderful world of books, check out these tips and ideas for starting a book group for kids, from Scholastic Press.
Running a Book Group
- It's hard to beat Reading Group Guides for an all-around source of ideas for books to read, tips for running the group and new title releases, but the best part of the site is the availability of over 3600 discussion guides. For each book, there is a brief synopsis, critical reviews and a list of questions to help keep the discussion focused on the book.
- LitLovers is a resource that is somehow both sophisticated and homespun. Not only are there lists of reviews and reading guides, you can also find recipes to go with your book selection. LitCourse is a series of free 30-minute online classes designed to help you get more out of your reading, including character, point of view, irony and symbolism. There's even some advice for the common problem of how to handle a group member who dominates the discussion and a fun section that features reading groups from all over.
- Go Clubbing with Book Clubs for Kids (from Scholastic, Inc.) has advice on setting up the place, activities, schedule and the snacks to ensure a successful reading group for children.
Reading Women: A Book Club Guide for Women's Fiction by Nancy Milone Hill
The Teen-Centered Book Club: Readers Into Leaders by Bonnie Kunzel
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