Book Clubs

"THIS I BELIEVE:" BOOKS ARE A PRIORITY

KUHF-Houston Public Radio (88.7 FM) sponsors a daily five-minute series entitled "This I Believe," a national project designed to engage people to write and record the core values and beliefs that guide their daily lives. The hallmark of this program is sharing the guiding principles of average citizens...our neighbors, our coworkers and the people with whom we worship. On Friday, August 28, 2009, the entry was submitted by a local Woodlands resident.  Carolyn Boyd is an educator, currently teaching at the John Cooper School. Among her many joys is reading. Carolyn says it's been a life-long pursuit and as she explains in her essay for KUHF's "This I Believe", books will be a priority for her, for the rest of her life.

USE THE NOVELIST DATABASE FOR BOOK DISCUSSION GUIDES

Harris County Public Library subscribes to a database entitled Novelist Plus that contains a wealth of resources for those of us who love to read.

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One great section for book clubs is "Book Discussion Guides." To access this:

Book Clubs Bring People Together

Book clubs are a great way to bring people together. Readers of all backgrounds can share their opinions in a neutral arena, and the book selected provides common ground for discussion. A dramatic example was cited recently by the CBS Evening News. A book club in Boston was formed by a lawyer and a homeless man who happened to meet in a park. Their conversation over a period of months drifted to books, and eventually expanded to include others in the park. Today this group, called the Homeless Book Club, meets weekly at lunchtime. Read the story and watch a video about it at "A Tale with a Storybook Ending."

What If There is No Discussion Guide for Your Book Club?

It is always helpful to have some starter discussion questions ready for your book club. Often you can find these at the back of your book, on a publisher's website, or on one of the reading group sites. But what do you do if none are available? The Reading Group Guides website offers some general questions that can be adapted to a wide variety of books, from biographies to mysteries to historical fiction.

THE ART OF APPRECIATION

I really appreciate a book that can intrigue me from page 1. That is so delicious! Other books are like eating dry bread; they seem bland and unsatisfying and I don't know why I continue reading. I'm hungry for something sweet, something to captivate me, entertain me, delight me, right away. So Susan Vreeland almost lost me as she painstakingly assembled her cast of characters for 

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