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Discussion Groups and Clubs

ALA’s resources for Book Groups

Read a good book, register the book on this Web site and release it for someone else to read (park bench, airport seating, give to a friend). The path each book follows may possibly be recorded right here! Leave it behind for someone else to enjoy!

Good Reads Groups

Oprah’s Book Club

The Today Show Book Club


Discussion Guides

Reading Group Guides
The online community for reading groups.

Reading Group Choices
An all-purpose site that provides links to reviews, discussion guides and other information on hundreds of book titles. A quick “first-stop” for all kinds of book group information: how to start a group, find new members and more!

Book group meets tomorrow and you haven’t read the book yet? Sparknotes.com (a service of Barnes & Noble) provides online study guides, similar to Cliff’s Notes, which provide detailed chapter summaries, character analysis and discussion questions.


Publisher Links

Random House Reader’s Circle
Provides reading guides for its books, including in-depth interviews with authors, discussion questions, biographical information about the authors, extensive reviews and more.

Beacon Press
Beacon is an independent publisher of books that “promote freedom of speech and thought; diversity, religious pluralism, and anti-racism; and respect for diversity in all areas of life.” The reading guides, though limited in number, contain thought-provoking questions and in-depth author information.

Books@Random | Reading Group Guides
These reading group guides, focusing on books published by Random House, feature plot descriptions, discussion topics and author biographies. Search by author, title, or category.

HarperCollins | Reader Resources
This publisher’s reader’s guides with plot summaries and discussion topics.

Penguin Books
In addition to reading guides for its bestsellers, the Penguin site has guides for a number of classic titles.

SimonSays.com: Reading Guides
Simon & Schuster provides reading guides and excerpts to books it has published during the last decade. Search by author, date, title or keyword and subscribe to the mailing list to receive free updates to the latest titles.

Vintage Reading Group Center
Searchable by author or title, this site provides more great reading group guides with links to the books published by Vintage.