this post on Book Group Buzz reminded me that back in 2007, the Women's National Book Association designated October National Book Club Month to promote reading groups and to just encourage reading in general.
One of the best things they produce for this celebration is a list of "Great Group Reads."
Although my group picks our titles in 6 month blocks and we are not due to pick again until November, I always refer to this list when providing my group with a list of possible choices to vote on. I also like to peruse past year's lists to get more ideas. Here is the link to 2009's list.
The point I am making here is that when you are choosing books for your group, you do not need to have the newest titles in order to have a successful group. Take a look at our current schedule at the BPL and you will see we are reading and discussing books both new and old.
This year's Great Group Reads list (appended below) includes one title our group is scheduled to discuss in November, Little Bee by Chris Cleave; otherwise the list contains 12 other titles we didn't even consider back in May when we voted on our July-December titles. I can guarantee you a few of these titles will be on our ballot for January-June 2011.
Besides this year's list, if you go to the site, you can read the committees annotations on the titles and/or use this link to access their National Book Club Month toolkit to promote National Book Club Month at your library. Now for the list (click through on each title for more details)t:
Blame by Michelle Huneven
The Blessings of the Animals by Katrina Kittle
Cheap Cabernet: A Friendship by Cathie Beck
Eternal on the Water by Joseph Monninger
The Girl Who Fell from the Sky by Heidi W. Durrow
Little Bee by Chris Cleave
The Lotus Eatersby Tatjana Soli
Molly Fox's Birthday by Deirdre Madden
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender
The Queen of Palmyra by Minrose Gwin
Room by Emma Donoghue
Safe from the Sea by Peter Geye
Up from the Blue by Susan Henderson
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