Finding Books

Online Book Club Resources

American Library Association's Book Club Central has reading resources, including recommendations, expert book lists and other content for book clubs and their readers. Award-winning television and film actor, producer, designer, library supporter and avid reader Sarah Jessica Parker is partnering with the ALA to serve as the Honorary Chair of Book Club Central.

Daily and weekly periodicals

The New York Times Book Review (published every Sunday) is the most common way to find books for groups to read. But other periodicals review books, too: for example, USA Today, Time, Newsweek, U.S. News, People, Vanity Fair, and local newspapers. A librarian favorite is Bookmarks Magazine. Your library should carry it; if not, ask them to. Or, get your own subscription.

Libraries and bookstores

Check out your public library, local bookstores, and national book chains. Most carry their own recommended book lists or lists of what other clubs are reading.

Top 100 Lists

At the close of the 20th century, many collections of "best works" were issued. These are lists of the classics and the inclusion of one author versus another is often controversial. Here are some links to these lists:

*Note: For even more “essential” books, you can consult 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die, edited by Peter Boxall, a lecturer in English Literature at the University of Sussex (New York: Universe Publishing, ©2006). It’s also published in simple list form.






Book Club Central - ALA's new resource for book-group leaders and readers, including  book picks from Sarah Jessica Parker.
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