Book Clubs

Have Book - And They Turned it Into a Movie: Amazing Read Challenge Week 3

amazing read graphicThis week on the Amazing Read we challenge you to read a book that has been (or will be) turned into a movie!  For bonus points (not that we're keeping track) you could also watch the movie.  I always like to compare the two and see what they decided to change and which one I like better.  Spoiler alert: the book is (almost) always better.  I watched Warm Bodies, a zombie rom-com, over the weekend and I'm looking forward to reading the book this week.  We’d love to hear what you’re reading, so consider sharing with us through your Summer Reading Program log, by commenting on this post, or on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest.

In addition to the suggestions below, be sure to check out our Pinterest board: "Before They Were Movies."  Are we missing any of your favorites?

The Amazing Read: Summer Reading Challenge 2013

amazing readWelcome to Summer Reading 2013!  We're continuing our reading challenge this year, encouraging everyone to read a little outside of your comfort zone from week to week.  We'll post a topic each week to go along with our theme this year, Have Book, Will Travel, and ask you to respond by sharing your reading choices through your Summer Reading Program log, comments on the blog post, through Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest, or in conversation with family and friends.

This week's challenge is simple:  Have Book - Will Travel this Summer.  So, let's read something that has a summer theme.  It could be a beach read, a scary campfire story, a picture book about learning to swim, or a grilling cookbook.  This challenge is for all ages and all reading tastes.  I'm going to read Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury.  I've listed a few other suggestions for different ages below.  What are you reading?

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Photo Credit: Book Club by Robert Michalove via Flickr Creative Commons
For many people, one of the only things better than reading a good book is talking about a good book, which explains the continuing popularity of book clubs and discussion groups across the country. Yet, book clubs are much more than a place to gab about a ripping good yarn. They’re a chance to meet new people, explore new areas of interest, and get good tips on what to read next, and sometimes, book clubs are a good way to get yourself featured on Voice of America. This is exactly what happened recently to one of Harris County Public Library's many book groups. VOA featured our Tomball College & Community Library’s Paranormal Book Club in a story about the growing popularity among older readers of supernatural romances aimed at young adults (See video below).

JUNE IS AUDIOBOOK MONTH

June is Audiobook Month, so it is a good time to experiment with challenging your reading group to become a listening One For the Moneygroup. Audio can help make the most of time in today's multi-tasking world. Just think -- you can listen while you drive, exercise, cook, or clean! In addition to asking the regular book club discussion questions, you can talk about whether or not the story worked well on audio. Did it add or detract from the experience of the book? Did the narrator's voice "fit" the character or the locale? Did the choice of a male vs. a female narrator affect your listening experience? If you haven't listened to an audio book before, I recommend one of my favorite series: Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum mysteries, starting with One for the Money. The story is set in New Jersey, and the accent of the narrator brings the books alive.

MFAH Invites Book Clubs to Tour

My Antonia, by Will a CatherThis summer, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston Book Club is featurinPalace of Illusions by Chitra DivakaruniMy Antonia by Willa Cather and Palace of Illusions by Chitra Divakaruni in conjunction with the exhibitions in their American Art gallery and the Arts of India gallery. Discussion of the books encourages fascinating conversation with and about the artists´ works on view. Local book clubs are invited to read these literary works and make reservations to come to the MFAH for a special tour.

Why Are Book Clubs So Important?

Book clubs have been important to women throughout history. Ever wonder why? Book clubs: women and the uses of reading in everyday life by Elizabeth Long takes a look at how book clubs have evolved. She focuses on an academic study of women's book groups in Houston which makes it especially interesting for us in Harris County. You can reach out to more readers for your groups using a table top sign offered by Ingram Library services.

BLACK HISTORY MONTH

Black Americans have played an essential role in shaping who we are as a nation, and continue to make important contributions in many ways.  February is recognized as Black History Month in order to bring to the public's attention these achievements.  Harris County Public Library is pleased to celebrate Black History Month with a variety of events for all ages; for example, this month many branches will be reading and discussing titles which were written by and/or about African Americans, during their Book Club meetings.  Some of the selections include: 

 

MFAH ADDS NEW DIMENSION TO BOOK CLUBS

Private Lives of the ImpressionistsLydia Cassatt Reading the Morning paperThe Museum of Fine Arts has launched a new online book club to provide established book clubs with new ways to link literature to art at the museum.

Books on the Bayou 2009 - Their Eyes Were Watching God

Their Eyes Were Watching GodTheir Eyes Were Watching GodThe 2009 Books on the Bayou Selection is Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston. Books on the Bayou runs from October 1 throuch October 31.

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