Guides for Book Discussion
A Reading Guide is a series of questions about
a book that helps the readers explore the
plot, themes, symbolism, characterization,
and other important elements of a book. They
are useful to both the individual and to book
discussion groups. Many well known publishers
maintain reading guide sites, as well as authors,
and avid readers. Here are some links for
you and your book discussion group.
Be sure to check out our Online
Resources for more information about Literature.
Adult Book Discussion Schedule (choose branch under Limit by Location)
If you are interested in joining one of the
library’s book discussion groups, please
visit the branch where the group meets to
register and receive a copy of the next book
to be discussed. For information on what books
will be discussed at a particular branch,
please call the branch or consult the system
calendar or events.
Random House Readerís Circle
Book selections here are based on things most
book groups looked for when choosing a novel:
Length (not too long), price (paperbacks),
characters that one could relate to, uplifting
themes, authors and subjects.
Oprah's Book Club
Oprah’s Winfrey’s book
club, which includes reader’s guides
for each selection.
Penguin Putnam Reading Group Guides
Penguin Putnam Publishers Reading Guides site
section features over 200 books, in both fiction
and non-fiction. in-depth interviews with
authors, their biographies, and a brief synopsis
of each book.
HarperCollins Publishers has author interviews,
newsletters and up-coming releases, audio
books and links to author webpages.
Something to Read About
Simon & Schuster has email, message boards
and discussion guides for you and your book
Vintage Reading Group
Includes a description of fiction, memoir,
award winners and bestsellers, with questions,
discussion topics, and author biographies.
and other guides to good reading
In addition to web sites, the Library
also has many Readers Advisory books available.
Here are a few titles to get you started:
Now Read This: a Guide to Mainstream Fiction R809.3 Pear
What Do I Read Next? Nonfiction, 2005-2010 A readerís Guide to Current R810.8 What
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