Online Book Club Resources
Book Lust: A Community for People Who Love Books - A book-wiki from librarian Nancy Pearl.
Z Book Club - The Scholastic Book Club.
The Bookreporter – Website offering a readers book reviews in many genres, author interviews, polls, contests and more.
LitLovers - Resources including reading guides and free online courses.
Morton Grove (Ill.) Public Library – Offers a wide range of book recommendations and book-group advice.
Reader’s Circle - A book club networking site with listings for local groups, author events, and phone chats.
The Reading Club (A British site that’s an online reference on starting and running your own reading and book club.
Reading Group Choices - A company that produces an annual printed guide for reading groups, bookstores, and individuals.
Reading Group Guides – A comprehensive online community for reading groups.
Book Group Buzz: A Booklist blog offering organizational tools such as categories, author sites, reading guides, well-informed book club reading suggestions, and news.
Books on the Brain: A site by a mom and book club organizer that includes essays about what she's learned about organizing book clubs.
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:
BBC: The Big Read-Top 100
The Guardian: The Top 100 Books of All Time
Harvard Book Store: Top 100 Books
Modern Library: 100 Best Nonfiction
Modern Library: 100 Best Novels
Radcliffe Publishing Course selection of the top 20th century novels
Time: All-Time 100 Novels
*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.