This question is spurred by the recent NYT article on male book clubs. I'm interested in starting one of my own, but without the idiotic grenade manliness rankings and all male authors. What I'm really interested in is creating a safe space for a group of people to talk about the emotional sides of masculinity, and largely the difficulty many men have in expressing emotions and vulnerability. I'm looking for potential books(both fiction and non-fiction) that would help foster these discussions.
Do you have short story recommendations for a book club?
I've started an English-language feminist book club in an East Asian city and I'm looking for more titles that aren't written by or about women in the U.S. Books about women in Asia and feminism in this part of the world would be ideal. What are some great book club picks for our group? [more inside]
I go to a monthly book club, run by a good friend, and this month we've read Mildred Pierce (which is SO good). Next weekend we'll watch the movie and have the book club meeting at the same time. My friend likes to bring ready-made questions in case the discussion takes time to get started, but neither she nor I can find any online. Can anyone point me to some, or suggest some questions? [more inside]
I mostly read paperback thriller type books and want to broaden my horizons. I'm looking for some sort of online book club with weekly/monthly suggestions for books-that-make-you-think type stuff. A mix of old and new novels would be perfect.
What should I know about running an online book club? [more inside]
It seems that, with the main contributors working full time on their new video game, the Idle Book Club isn't going to be coming back any time soon. Can anyone recommend a podcast (or perhaps other media) to replace it? What I'm looking for is a monthly - or similar - schedule, a mix of old and new literary fiction, and has accessible but thoughtful discussion. Please help me put the new ereader to good use!
Next year she's off to college, but until then, help me fill the time with great books we can share. [more inside]
In the past year I've become very close with two people in my book club, let's call them A and B; the other two, C and D, are great, but have not shown capacity or interest in keeping in touch between monthly meetings. It's nearing Christmastime and I want to make gifts for A and B to express my affection and gratitude for their friendship. BUT I'm worried about it coming up later ("Oh, those ___ are so cute!" "Thanks, anonymous gave them to me!") and it resulting in hurt feelings. [more inside]
My friends and I have found that we really like getting high and talking about books we've read recently, and we've decided to make it a Thing. We're having trouble finding more books to read. [more inside]
I'm a social worker at a skilled nursing facility, and one of my residents has asked if we could start a book club. I'm trying to come up with a list of books that they can vote on to decide what we read first, and am looking for suggestions. [more inside]
Our book club is doing a "Lean In free swim" -- everyone will read Lean In* plus one other book of their choice on the topic of gender and work. What would be some good choices for the second book? [more inside]
Bookclub filter: Nonfiction with beautiful prose? [more inside]
My grandmother loves the kinds of paperback best sellers that are commonly for sale at airports. Danielle Steel, Nora Roberts, Nicholas Sparks, etc. I'm not very familiar with these authors or others like them, but I know that she would enjoy getting whatever the latest book by these kinds of authors as soon as it comes out. For Christmas I would like to sign her up for a subscription service, if something like this exists, that would mail her the newest novel in this category as soon as it comes out, or around once a month, or some such. I think she would enjoy the fun of looking forward to a monthly delivery and not knowing what book will be inside. Is there a service like this that exists, that would make for a good gift? [more inside]
I'm starting a book club and need to come up with a name. [more inside]
What are your favorite books under 300 pages? More criteria below the fold. [more inside]
My wife and I are starting a "book club" for the two of us. The plan is to read an award winning book each month. The first month we'll read a book that won an award in 2012, the second month an award-winner from 2011 and so on. There are many, many book awards to pick from so here's the question: What book awards do we use to determine the "nominees" for each month? [more inside]
You are in a book club. You have an independent bookstore in your town. What can the bookstore do for your club? [more inside]
I'm looking for specific book recommendations for high school exchange students. [more inside]
Looking for specific book recommendations that are superb and by female authors/female authors of color. [more inside]
Looking for novels about or by authors from the Central Valley of California. [more inside]
Help me come up with awesome Ender's Game-themed snacks for my book club. [more inside]
Could anyone suggest a book or other resources with a Bible study plan for a mostly secular Bible study group? [more inside]
Public domain book club books? [more inside]
I need a non-fiction companion to 'Frankenstein' for my book club. [more inside]
Suggestions on books for a school book club that's half staff half students? [more inside]
A couple of years ago, an acquaintance invited me to join a book club that met on Wednesday nights. I joined and came to meetings for several months. Then, one night, I walked in on Thursday night book club by accident... [more inside]
How would you administer an entirely online book club discussion? I started a book club with some friends from around the country, and we want to discuss our reading together in real time. Is there an especially good way to do that which is easy and intuitive? Not all of my friends are technology savvy. I am thinking that some form of an online conference call or chat may be best, but I look forward to your suggestions.
I'm looking for suggestions for books for a book club that I recently began with a few friends. The books will have to be read aloud to the group. [more inside]
What are some intellectual, easy-to-read books under 200 pages? [more inside]
Book club recommendations required for easy-to-read business/technology books. [more inside]
BookClubfilter: I'm tasked with picking the next book. I have some ideas, but could use the Hive's help. [more inside]
I just joined a book club and our first meeting is this weekend. The club has existed for over a year, so I'm the newbie. One of our "assignments" is to bring the name of an author that has published 4 or more books we'd like the group to read. Since I only marginally know one of these women, I'm going into this blindly. So what do you say, hive mind, any suggestions? [more inside]
It is my turn to host my book club meeting and my apartment is way too small to fit everyone. Do you know a good coffee shop or restaurant to host a book club meeting? Many of the members commute from Hoboken so I’m hoping to keep it near the PATH stations (9th Street/6th Ave, 14 Street/6th Ave, or 23rd Street/6th Ave). The place just needs to have a table that fits 6-8 people and be relatively quiet.
Torontofilter: Can anyone recommend a good pub/bar in Toronto (downtown) where a book club could meet to discuss our book of the month? We'd need seating for about 10-12 people and preferably not too noisy. [more inside]
Trying to find a good venue for a book club in NYC to meet - a coffeeshop or independent bookstore would be ideal, but certainly not necessary. The only real considerations are that it be public, not super-packed on Wednesday nights when we meet, and a place where we can either purchase or bring a bottle of wine - more inside. [more inside]
What are your favorite places to read about and talk about books online? Bibliophile hearts Goodreads.com but seeks a world beyond... Are there any online book clubs that are good (my searches return a lot of results, but I can't tell at a glance what's worth exploring)? What are the book review blogs of record?
Recommend secondary readings for my book club. [more inside]
How can I make a new bookclub's first meeting an amazing success? [more inside]
What's this book from my childhood (early 80s)? I believe it came from one of the book clubs (Arrow?), it was a Young Adult book about a boy who is friends with a scientist/inventor who has invented a death ray which he then has some opportunity to use... [more inside]
Have you successfully started a book club or meetup? [more inside]
I'm looking for a book for my book club to read (novel, nonfiction) that takes place during the holidays or has a holiday theme. I've thought of Holidays on Ice, A Christmas Carol (they seem obvious) but am stumped on others. The book doesn't have to totally revolve around the holidays, though. Any suggestions?
FictionFilter: Family bookclub. We're convening in Woodstock at the end of August to discuss 3 books. Help me choose one of them. [more inside]
How do I found a great book club? [more inside]
I want to start a book club, only for music. How could I do this? [more inside]
I'll be leading a book club discussion soon. And while I've read and commented upon a number of books, I've never been part of a book club. I'm looking for some dos and don'ts from experienced Mefites about how to structure the discussion, handle introductions, quiet the dominant, etc. What, other than a good book, makes for a great book club experience (that the moderator can control)?
I need recommendations for short stories suitable for discussion at a work-sponsored short story club. [more inside]
How do we start and run a successful book club? [more inside]
What should my book club read next? [more inside]
I went to a first meeting of a book club tonight, and it was an utter failure. We need, at the very least, a great book with broad appeal to discuss at our next meeting. [more inside]
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