This page was adapted from a list complied by Sue Bowser of the Lancaster, PA Public Library with the help of members of Fiction_L, especially Robin Beerbower of Salem, OR Public Library and Candice Michalick of Lynchburg, VA Public Library.  Thank you all.

NextReads Newsletters

To receive newsletters about  books you might enjoy reading, subscribe to one or all of our NextReads newsletters.  You'll find new books, old favorites and buried treasures! No library card is necessary - just an e-mail address - for library Web site visitors and patrons to subscribe to any of the 20 different subject and genre newsletters. Newsletters arrive on a monthly or every  other month schedule. Subscribers can link directly to the library catalog from books of interest on the lists, and place a hold or request a title immediately. Even those without e-mail addresses can take advantage of the lists by viewing them online, either at the library or from any Internet access point. We post copies of the newsletters in the library as well.

Check out the display of "staff picks" see what the staff has been reading and what they recommend

Book Club Kits

Here is a list of the Book Club Kits available through the Merrimack Valley Libary Consortium.  Contact a library staff member to schedule a kit for your group.

Reading Group Guides

Reading Group Guides :

This is an excellent resource for finding discussion questions and guides provided by the  publishers. Very extensive and very current, it also has a good list of general questions to use when there isn't a discussion guide.

 Reading Group Choices :

 Another good source for reading group guides. It offers chances to win books and contact information to invite an author to your discussion.

 Book Movement:  

 Another excellent site for book groups. Section on how to start a book group. free book drawings. Registration allows use of the Essential Book Club planner. They will find discussion questions if available.

 Indie Next Lists:

 Literary titles from independent book stores.

 Book Clubs Resource:  

Tips on starting and running a group and book discussion resources. Tie in with commercial book clubs such as Literary Guild and Quality Paperback Books.  



Site has good tips on starting and maintaining book clubs and it also has some book guides and author interviews. Registration and payment are required  to access all of the services.  

Book Club Cookbook  

Maintains a list of authors who will participate in book discussion over the phone. It also features book recommendations and the chance to win books.  


Many book discussion guides, but you must be a member to access them. Membership is free. The site also has good hints on leading discussions. 


Helpful Library Sites

Seattle Public Library: 

An excellent resource with book group information and extensive listings of recommended books.

 Arlington Heights Memorial Library:  

Excellent page with more information on starting and running a group and tips for adding variety to the meeting.  

Morton Grove Public Library:  

Thinking Out Loud is the book discussion site with an archive of books from past years. Each title links to author information, discussion guides and more. Reading Resources offers an extensive list of helpful websites and vast numbers of lists according to genre and/or subject.  This is the home of Fiction_L, the mailing list for librarians who help match readers and books.  

Canton Public Library 

Links to a document that explains how to start a book group. Explore the library site to see other information helpful to book groups. 

Pamunkey Regional Library:  

Besides websites similar to that found at other library sites, Pamunkey's site features commercial sites, personal review sites and titles in series.  

Farmington Community Library:  

Lists many sources for book discussion groups.  


Book Publisher Sites

Random House Reading Group Center



    Including Farrar, Strauss & Giroux; Henry Holt  

Harper Collins  

Houghton Mifflin  

Simon & Schuster  

W. W. Norton 


Best of the Rest


Reviews, author interviews, some contests and lists.  


Connects to sites with author interviews, reviews, and lots and lots of lists.  


Author interviews, discussion questions, tips on running a book group. Register your club for chances to win books. 


Oprah's Book Club  

Book discussion questions and further book background from the most famous and most influential book club in the world.  


Lots and lots and lots of book lists and book sites.  

Book Group Buzz:   

 Blogs about all things related to book discussion groups created by the librarians who contribute to Booklist, a review publication of the American Library Association.  

Mystery Readers International:  

This provides a guide to starting a mystery book group plus lots of resources for mystery lovers. 


Library Databases

 NoveList -  Excellent in-depth discussion guides to books for adults, teens, and kids.  When you enter an author's name or title NoveList will let you access any book discussion guides, read-alike lists, and reviews about the title and will link to full text magazine articles on the author. It also has great lists of recommended reading from

Click on Databases, Magazines and Newspapers in the top right-hand corner of this page.  You will need your Littleton library card to use the databases.  


Reading Group Book : The Complete Guide to Starting and Sustaining a Reading Group, with Annotated Lists of 250 Titles for Provocative Discussion by David Laskin and Holly Hughes.

Reading Group Handbook: Everything You Need to Know to Start Your Own Book Club , By Rachel W. Jacobsohn.

Book Group Book : A Thoughtful Guide to Forming and Enjoying a Stimulating Book Discussion Group, by Ellen Slezak.

Reading Oprah: How Oprah's Book Club Changed the Way America Reads by Cecilia Konchar Farr.

Read It and Eat : A Month-by-Month Guide to Scintillating Book Club Selections and Mouthwatering Menus by Sarah Gardner.

Mother-Daughter Book Club: How Ten Busy Mothers and Daughters Came Together to Talk, Laugh and Learn Through Their Love of Reading by Shireen Dodson.

Family Book Sharing Groups : Start One in Your Neighborhood by Marjorie R. Simic and Eleanor C. MacFarlane.

Read 'Em Their Writes : A Handbook for Mystery and Crime Fiction Book Discussions by Gary Warren Niebuhr.

What to Read: the essential guide for reading group members and other book lovers by Mickey Pearlman