October 17, 2019

Top 10 Book Discussion Guides in NoveList July – September 2019

Anyone who has ever been in a book club knows that finding the perfect schedule to balance new vs. old, serious vs. light, and fiction vs. nonfiction can take some effort. Let NoveList help! 

We have more than six hundred Book Discussion Guides in NoveList, each offering a synopsis, questions about the book (with suggested responses!), biographical information about the author, and between 4 and 8 additional title ideas for further reading to help book group leaders and participants get the most out of their discussions.

You can find a collection of useful information, including a link to all our Book Discussion Guides, on our Book Club Resources page (under Quick Links in the NoveList database), or by searching for ND Book Discussion Guides in our search box. 

But how to narrow the choices down from there? When I ran a book club at my library, members of the group often recommended we read books they had heard about from friends and family members. We’ve all seen the influence word of mouth can have when it comes to the popularity of a book (50 Shades of Grey, anyone?) and choosing books for your book club that others are reading and talking about can have the benefit of making your book club members feel “in the know” as well as attract new members who may be itching to talk about the book they’ve heard so much about. 

Below is a listing of the most popular Book Discussion Guides in NoveList in the last three months. I hope seeing what your fellow librarians and readers have been finding helpful in their discussions will provide inspiration — whether it is for a book display geared towards your avid book club go-ers, as fodder for your next club selections, or suggestions for your personal “to-be-read” list.

  1. There There by Tommy Orange
  2. The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne
  3. The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien
  4. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
  5. Give Me Your Hand by Megan Abbott
  6. I Am Legend by Richard Matheson
  7. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  8. Dracula by Bram Stoker
  9. The Famished Road by Ben Okri
  10. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

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Halle Eisenman is a Content Development Manager at NoveList. She is currently reading The Golden Hour by Beatriz Williams and listening to The Bride Test by Helen Hoang.





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