In The Club

In The Club Mar 21

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 Flatiron.

When five colleagues are forced to go on a corporate retreat in the wilderness, they reluctantly pick up their backpacks and start walking down the muddy path.

But one of the women doesn’t come out of the woods.

Reading with Emma Watson: The latest pick for her Our Shared Shelf book club is Heart Berries by Terese Marie Mailhot!

Get political: Want to really dig into some nonfiction with your group? Here are four books to get you started on international politics.

What books would Roxane Gay take to a desert island? She told Vulture, lucky for us! My book club suggestion: pick one of these to read, and then have everyone else prepare their list of 10 for discussion at the next meeting.

Listen while you work: If y’all have also been bitten by the spring cleaning bug (I swear I have never done so much laundry as I did last week) Sharifah has some audiobook story suggestions to get you through it. For discussion: pair with your least favorite chore and then let the group know how it went.

Armchair travel alert: The Ides of March were last week, and Kristen put together a reading list in its honor, specifically books set in Rome.

Read Harder continues! It’s a very personal task, “Read an assigned book you hated/never finished,” but we’ve got suggestions nonetheless.

Mermaid or princess or both: Here’s a fun meeting idea. Step 1: read The Merry Spinster, by Mallory Ortberg (who recently announced their transition to Daniel). Step 2: Take this quiz. Step 3: Meet and discuss!

And here’s a nice interview with the leader of a YA-focused group that includes both teens and adults.

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,

More Resources: 
– Our Book Group In A Box guide
– List your group on the Book Group Resources page