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Desire a book to cozy up with by a wintery window? How about an addictive page-turner for sunbathing on the beach? Thousands of new books are published each year, and if you're a book lover - or just book curious - choosing what to read next can seem like an impossible task. A Year of Reading relieves the anxiety by helping you find just the right read, and includes fun and Desire a book to cozy up with by a wintery window? How about an addictive page-turner for sunbathing on the beach? Thousands of new books are published each year, and if you're a book lover - or just book curious - choosing what to read next can seem like an impossible task. A Year of Reading relieves the anxiety by helping you find just the right read, and includes fun and interactive subcategories for each choice, including: - Description and history - Extra credit - Did You Know? - Have You Seen the Film? - and more! A Year of Reading also gives advice and tips on how to join or start a book group, and where to look for other reading recommendations. Perfect for clubs or passionate individuals, this beautiful and concise second edition is the essential guide to picking up your next inspiring, entertaining, and thought-provoking book.


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Desire a book to cozy up with by a wintery window? How about an addictive page-turner for sunbathing on the beach? Thousands of new books are published each year, and if you're a book lover - or just book curious - choosing what to read next can seem like an impossible task. A Year of Reading relieves the anxiety by helping you find just the right read, and includes fun and Desire a book to cozy up with by a wintery window? How about an addictive page-turner for sunbathing on the beach? Thousands of new books are published each year, and if you're a book lover - or just book curious - choosing what to read next can seem like an impossible task. A Year of Reading relieves the anxiety by helping you find just the right read, and includes fun and interactive subcategories for each choice, including: - Description and history - Extra credit - Did You Know? - Have You Seen the Film? - and more! A Year of Reading also gives advice and tips on how to join or start a book group, and where to look for other reading recommendations. Perfect for clubs or passionate individuals, this beautiful and concise second edition is the essential guide to picking up your next inspiring, entertaining, and thought-provoking book.

30 review for A Year of Reading: A Month-By-Month Guide to Classics and Crowd-Pleasers for You or Your Book Group

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sheri

    I didn't care much for this one. I had hoped for more book listings but each month only lists 5 books (and some extra credit listings) and they didn't catch my interest. The best part of the book is the section at the end about book groups. How to find/form one and have it be successful. That section is worth 5 stars. I didn't care much for this one. I had hoped for more book listings but each month only lists 5 books (and some extra credit listings) and they didn't catch my interest. The best part of the book is the section at the end about book groups. How to find/form one and have it be successful. That section is worth 5 stars.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kris - My Novelesque Life

    RATING: 2.5 STARS (Review Not on Blog) It is a pretty cover and nicely put together but not much on the recommending side. This is a book for a non-reader looking to get into reading, is the best way to put it. If you are a reader then the list of 5 books each month is probably a bit useless (as you probably have read it or it is already on your list). They are more popular books so there is nothing new to discover. I am not saying that reading 5 or less books a month is bad, just that you only ge RATING: 2.5 STARS (Review Not on Blog) It is a pretty cover and nicely put together but not much on the recommending side. This is a book for a non-reader looking to get into reading, is the best way to put it. If you are a reader then the list of 5 books each month is probably a bit useless (as you probably have read it or it is already on your list). They are more popular books so there is nothing new to discover. I am not saying that reading 5 or less books a month is bad, just that you only get a list of five to choose from. I like more variety and selection.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Alice Teets

    A good, but not great book, about choosing books to read as either part of a book club or as a challenge for yourself. The authors chose a topic for each month, and then suggested give or do books that fit the category along with discussion questions and interesting tidbits. I was hard pressed to find any book to read out of the suggestions for some books, but I ended up finding at least one book for each month that I would like. I like books that give suggestions for reading, and I enjoyed this A good, but not great book, about choosing books to read as either part of a book club or as a challenge for yourself. The authors chose a topic for each month, and then suggested give or do books that fit the category along with discussion questions and interesting tidbits. I was hard pressed to find any book to read out of the suggestions for some books, but I ended up finding at least one book for each month that I would like. I like books that give suggestions for reading, and I enjoyed this one.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Catherine

    This book is for anyone who loves to read, whether you are in a book club or not. It is an excellent book for both young and older adults. It will help you to think about reading in a new way and encourages the reader to engage with new voices that they may not traditionally think of reading. I particularly like the recommendation to give yourself a reading goal for the year.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    A book for the non-reader. I don’t know many of my pals who would get much out of this. It was fun to look through but not as solid of an outline as I’d hope. But it is divided into different themes and talks about how to start a book club.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Megan Troxell

    Nice little resource. It took me less than 30 minutes to flip through the whole thing. I'm surprised this type of book can get published when there is so much like this on-line but it was nice and helpful. Nice little resource. It took me less than 30 minutes to flip through the whole thing. I'm surprised this type of book can get published when there is so much like this on-line but it was nice and helpful.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    An introductory offering to mainly women looking for ideas about getting started on a reading regimen. I appreciated finding out about more books to add to my reading list but otherwise very basic.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Sandi

    I'm surprised this little book doesn't have more reviews, but then maybe books on books typically don't. I like the premise of this book. The authors selected a theme for each month (e.g. January - A Happier You, February - Classic Romance, March - Focus on Justice, etc.). Within each month there is a selection of 5 books, with a brief write-up on each one. At the end of each write-up are a few questions (great for a book club) and a section called "Extra Credit." This varies between giving a fe I'm surprised this little book doesn't have more reviews, but then maybe books on books typically don't. I like the premise of this book. The authors selected a theme for each month (e.g. January - A Happier You, February - Classic Romance, March - Focus on Justice, etc.). Within each month there is a selection of 5 books, with a brief write-up on each one. At the end of each write-up are a few questions (great for a book club) and a section called "Extra Credit." This varies between giving a few more recommendations on the topic, alerting the reading to a talk the author might have done or a website to check out. Sometimes there's a section called "Did you Know?" giving an explanation of something found in the book, or a definition. I liked the definition of "stunt memoir" which "is a book chronicling a particular challenge the author undertakes for a period of time" (such as Gretchen Rubin's "The Happiness Project.") I added many titles to my "Books to Check Out" list in my Bujo, and reserved a few titles from the library. An added bonus is the graphics of the book. I'm always drawn to a good layout. . . boxes around text, drawings, etc, and this book has a lot of that. At the beginning of the book are all sorts of tips for your reading life, and at the end there are suggestions for starting and conducting a book club. Overall, this was a great read for starting out the new year! I highly recommend it. Tom found this book for me on a recent trip to the library. Yay for that!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Bethany Michelle Planton

    I bought this book hoping it would suggest books for my already established book club, but A Year of Reading is more for book clubs just starting out or for a personal year of reading. It did introduce me to some new titles.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Hope

    Lots of excellent suggestions for a book group: how to start, ways to avoid pit-falls, suggested themes, titles, extras. Good for both starting a book group and "refreshing" an established one. Lots of excellent suggestions for a book group: how to start, ways to avoid pit-falls, suggested themes, titles, extras. Good for both starting a book group and "refreshing" an established one.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Stacie

    This book is perfect for book clubs that need direction in choosing a year of books or for anyone that wants to step out of their "reading box" and find a wide range of books to read. The book shares a variety of books to read each month based on a theme like Justice, Families both in fiction and nonfiction, Food, and Classics. With each month's theme, there are then five books featured. The author gives a brief synopsis of each book, with discussion/reflection questions and ways to dig deeper i This book is perfect for book clubs that need direction in choosing a year of books or for anyone that wants to step out of their "reading box" and find a wide range of books to read. The book shares a variety of books to read each month based on a theme like Justice, Families both in fiction and nonfiction, Food, and Classics. With each month's theme, there are then five books featured. The author gives a brief synopsis of each book, with discussion/reflection questions and ways to dig deeper into that topic through another book or research. The book opens with ways to enrich your reading life with tips like tracking your reading or keeping a journal. Then the end of the book shares tips for starting and running a book club. If you are looking to add more books in a certain genre or broaden your reading life, this is a great way to find some books that were maybe not on your radar. Out of the sixty-plus books featured, I added a few books to my reading list and was intrigued by a few others. But, as an avid reader, many of the books listed were already ones I was familiar with. I think this book is targeted for readers looking for more exposure to books or beginning book clubs. In that sense, it is a great way to broaden your reading and be exposed to new genres and authors.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Cindy

    This is a very good list of 5 books per month with the same theme for book club groups or just an individual reader wanting to broaden his/her reading choices -- from fiction to classics to memoirs and so on. There are hints at finding book clubs or starting one with basic rules, etc. A longer list of book selections is included at the end.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    A good guide for book groups Some good suggestions for books to read and ways to run a book group. Great for anyone wanting to start a book group or for bibliophiles who just like suggestions on books to read next. I like the organization of the book based on themes throughout the year and added books in case one really likes a particular theme.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    A fun read from people who love books and love talking about books. It gives a good example of themed reading months and the reasons for choosing books, which I find a bit inspiring.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jeannine

    Short review of some possibilities for book club reads. There is not much of substance here.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen

    Though I have a fondness for the whole "books about books" genre, this one is only OK. I didn't find a whole lot mentioned that I hadn't already read, and sometimes I could barely recognize the ones I had read from the authors' descriptions. Though I have a fondness for the whole "books about books" genre, this one is only OK. I didn't find a whole lot mentioned that I hadn't already read, and sometimes I could barely recognize the ones I had read from the authors' descriptions.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    I got a lot of fun ideas of books to read from this. I loved the more in-depth descriptions and reviews. Fun, quick read.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan Khan

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kristen

  20. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

  21. 4 out of 5

    Lynse Carr

  22. 4 out of 5

    Mandy

  23. 4 out of 5

    Reading with Cats

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kaitlyn

  25. 4 out of 5

    Renata Broock

  26. 4 out of 5

    Anki

  27. 5 out of 5

    Tara

  28. 4 out of 5

    David Freudenburg

    The last book featured is the graphic novel of "A Christmas Carol", illustrated by Dono Sanchez Almara. The last book featured is the graphic novel of "A Christmas Carol", illustrated by Dono Sanchez Almara.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Betsy

  30. 5 out of 5

    Marsha

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