Welcome back to In The Club, a newsletter of resources to keep your book group well-met and well-read. Let’s dive in.
This newsletter is sponsored by The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio Iturbe.
Based on the experience of real-life Auschwitz prisoner Dita Kraus, this is the incredible story of a girl who risked her life to keep the magic of books alive during the Holocaust.
First and foremost: you could buy your group a whole lot of books by entering our giveaway for a $500 bookstore gift card of your choice.
Spooktober continues! Here are seven new TV/film adaptations of scary books, complete with Scare Factor ratings. I’ll be over here hiding under my covers, thanks very much.
If your Spooktober needs more paranormal and supernatural phenomena, here’s a list of 50 paranormal romances that can help. Vampires, shifters, dragons, and more await you.
What makes your group automatically quit a book? Rioters shared their own DNF rules. This is a discussion I’m definitely going to bring up in my next book group meeting — you can learn more about a person’s reading habits from their DNF pile than almost anything else!
We talked about surreal workplaces; now how about making your work-life better? We’ve got a list for that! I’ve done a couple small, one-off book groups around titles like these and they’ve been incredibly helpful.
Read like librarians! One Rioter-librarian put together a list of 100 staff picks from her public library and there is a TON of good stuff here.
Thrillers, but not just any thrillers: Jamie put together a list of mysteries in which the past catches up with the protagonist. This is a trope I had never thought of before but totally love!
New releases, but not just any new releases: Lit CelebrAsian has a list of October new releases to have on your radar, and I am delighted to cosign Forest of a Thousand Lanterns and Not Your Villain by C.B. Lee, particularly if you’re looking for solid YA picks.
Heads did, in fact, roll: Here’s a list of recommended nonfiction about Henry VIII’s six wives, for those of you looking to get historical with your next pick.
And that’s a wrap: Happy discussing! If you’re interested in more science fiction and fantasy talk, you can catch me and my co-host Sharifah on the SFF Yeah! podcast. For many many more book recommendations (including the occasional book club question!) you can find me on the Get Booked podcast with the inimitable Amanda.
Your fellow booknerd,