The nice thing about book clubs is sometimes you’re forced to read a genre or author that’s outside of your regular ‘safe zone.’ And sometimes you can force the other people in your group to read the stuff you like (turn about being fair play and all). I’m in two – one with some friends that started as an excuse to get together and eat a lot, but has produced some really interesting conversations about YA books (these things happen when you mix at least two English majors and someone who studied Philosophy); and a new one with some work friends (they’re making me read a mystery, which isn’t one of my go-to genres).
If you’re looking to push yourself a bit in the new year, have I got something for you. I’ve compiled a list of the book clubs that CLP is offering throughout the rest of January and the first bit of February. There’s options in almost every neighborhood and taste. Check out the links for time and date information!
- Teen Reads for Everyone – The Madman’s Daughter, Megan Shepard
- Older Adult/PALS – The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, Rachel Joyce
- Book Buzz: Pairings, Adults vs. Teens! – Starship Troopers, Robert Heinlein and Ender’s Game, Orson Scott Card
- Books in the Afternoon – The Snow Child, Eowyn Ivey
- Red Herring Book Club – The Chalice of Blood, Peter Tremayne
- Black Holes, Beakers, and Books – The Poisoner’s Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York, Deborah Blum
- Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys, Literary Reflections – Minaret, Leila Aboulela
- 3 Poems by… – William Stafford
- Let’s READ English – Glory Be, Augusta Scattergood
- Genre Book Club – Tenth of December, George Saunders
- Adult Book Group – The Violinist’s Thumb, Sam Kean
- Adult Book Club – The Night Circus, Erin Morgenstern
- Time Out Book Club – Black Water, Joyce Carol Oates
- Books and Brew – The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, Rachel Joyce