Book Group Resources


Gelman, Judy and Vicki Levy Krupp. The Book Club Cookbook. Penguin, 2004.

This guide provides discussion questions and recipes for one hundred popular book club selections. See also The Kids' Book Club Book by the same authors.

Jacobsohn, Rachel W. The Reading Group Handbook: Everything You Need to Know to Start Your Own Book Club. Hyperion, 1998.

The author has led reading groups for twenty years, and her discussion of group dynamics is especially helpful.

McMains, Victoria Golden. The Readers' Choice: 200 Book Club Favorites. Harper, 2000.

Based on the author's newspaper column, "Book Club Favorites," this is a list compiled from over 70 reading groups across the country.

Moore, Ellen and Kira Stevens. Good Books Lately: The One-Step Resource for Book Groups and other Greedy Readers. St. Martin's, 2004.

The authors have helped book groups nationwide with their advice, behind-the-scenes anecdotes, and the best and worst in book group reading lists.

O'Hare, Mary. Recipe for a Book Club: A Monthly Guide for Hosting Your Own Reading Group. Capital Books, 2004.

Written by two sisters, this book recommends reading themes and a menu for each month.

Pearl, Nancy. Book Lust: Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment and Reason. Sasquatch Books, 2003.

These book lists were compiled by the dynamic librarian who created the library program "If All Seattle Read the Same Book," which served as an inspiration for similar programs around the country. See also More Book Lust and Book Crush for Kids and Teens by the same author.

Wenger, Shaunda and Janet Jensen. The Book Lover's Cookbook: Recipes Inspired by Celebrated Works of Literature, and the Passages that Feature Them. Ballantine Books, 2005.

This book offers recipes that are related to foods mentioned in books and quotes from writers about books and reading.

Web Sites


BookBuffet is a news and social networking site for book groups and avid readers. It offers literary news, book reviews, author interview podcasts, and a free set of tools for registered book groups to help them organize, connect, keep an archive of books they read, share book reviews and ratings and to purchase books online.


This blog and online radio channel shares news on books, interviews with authors, and tips for book clubs.

Book Club Queen

Are you an avid reader looking for like-minded people who share your passion? This site helps readers learn about book clubs and locate local clubs, find recommendations of great book club books and connect with popular authors in exclusive interviews. In the "Life Between My Pages" monthly newsletter, authors share their own personal stories in their own words.


This site contains information on starting and running an in-person or online book club, links to reading groups, and reading group guides.


This site tracks the most popular book selections of 16,000 book clubs nationwide, and provides a reading guide for each book with discussion questions, reviews from book clubs, author notes and more. The site also offers monthly book giveaways, tips for running a book club and free private web pages for book clubs.

Book Spot

This site offers useful links for book reviews, author interviews, reading lists, and publishing lists.

This company sends entire books via email or RSS — including many classics that have been featured on Masterpiece — in short, customized installments. The site also provides discussion forums.

ESO Book Club at the General Federation of Women's Clubs

Epsilon Sigma Omicron (ESO) is a national honorary literary society made up of community volunteers in all 50 states who participate in reading clubs and activities for literary interest and self-enrichment.

The Great Books Foundation

This site offers programs for all ages and provides probing questions about literature.


This site contains all kinds of literary news, tips on books of interest, as well as lively, in-depth discussions of numerous titles.

Reader's Circle

This site provides local listings for book clubs and author events in the United States, Canada, and Australia.

Reading Group Choices

This site suggests books and discussion topics for reading groups. Its annual guide is distributed to libraries, reading groups, book stores, community book festivals, and individuals.

Reading Group Guides

This site offers advice and tips for running a book club, plus discussion questions and recipes for hundreds of books.

Seattle Public Library

This portion of the library site is dedicated to "Book Group How-tos" and offers tips on getting started, choosing books, coming up with good discussion questions, and more.


These literary guides provide background information, character analysis, recurring themes, and discussion questions about many classic texts.

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