April 16, 2020

Top 10 Book Discussion Guides in NoveList January – March 2020

We have been in self-isolation for four weeks here in North Carolina and it definitely feels like things have settled into a new rhythm. Hearing dogs barking or seeing children’s faces pop up on the screen during a meeting barely causes a pause in conversation as everyone adjusts to doing things virtually instead of in-person. 

Many libraries have pivoted to offering programs and services online and even if they’ve never done anything like it before, librarians have jumped right in and are figuring out a way to make it work! I’ve been thrilled to see many book clubs continue without missing a beat — the members just meet via Zoom or Google Hangouts instead of in a meeting room at the library. I’ve even noticed that some have added extra meeting times since they know so many of their community members are home and looking for ways to connect. 

Whether you are adding new discussion dates to your calendar, planning for the future, or continuing on with your current schedule, you might be looking for titles to discuss. If so, you may be interested in seeing some of the most popular Book Discussion Guides in NoveList over the last three months. These are the guides that librarians and readers around the world have been most interested in since January:

  1. Gould's Book of Fish by Richard Flanagan
  2. True History of the Kelly Gang by Peter Carey
  3. The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas
  4. City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert
  5. The Heart's Invisible Furies by John Boyne
  6. Give Me Your Hand by Megan Abbott
  7. Truth by Peter Temple
  8. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
  9. The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson
  10. Normal People by Sally Rooney

To find a specific Book Discussion Guides in NoveList, you can search by the book’s title and go to the Lists and Articles tab. Or, to browse all of our Book Discussion Guides you can go to the menu bar at the top of the screen and select “Book Club Resources” under “Quick Links”:


And if you haven’t started offering online book clubs yet and need some hints on transitioning to one, check out my colleague Jessica’s recent blog post about how to do it.

Learn more about NoveList here

Halle Eisenman is a Content Development Manager at NoveList. She is currently reading Code Name Helene by Ariel Lawhon and listening to Here for It by R. Eric Thomas. 


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