Best Summer Books
What's on your summer reading list? Settle into your beach chair or hammock with one of these excellent reads.
Top-selling writers offer picks for one-day reading, a weekend, or the whole summer.
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A roundup of page-turners you’ll want to laze with on the beach or in a hammock.
Join the easiest book club ever: no pressure, no obligation.
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You won't be at a loss for your next great read with the complete reading list from our No-Obligation Book Club.
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Everything you need to know about starting a reading group.
- Decide on the tone and theme of the club. Are you a die-hard mystery buff? A shameless Anglophile? Or an equal-opportunity bookworm? Decide whether you would prefer to focus on one genre or have an Amazon.com free-for-all, and set the tone, too: a scholarly meeting of the minds, a reason for a get-together, or something in-between.
- Spread the word. Alert friends, family, and coworkers that you’re starting a club; be sure to mention your expectations. Start collecting e-mail addresses. Your goal should be between 5 and 15 people, so everyone gets a chance to speak. New to the area? Post a flyer on the community board at your local bookstore or library, or check out Craigslist.org and ReadersCircle.org.
- Figure out the best time for everyone to meet. Coordinating busy schedules can be the toughest part of this process, but finding a good slot will boost attendance down the line. (After dinner, when younger kids have gone to bed, is a popular choice.) Something to consider: Will the time of the gathering warrant a meal (hello, potluck!), snack, or just refreshments?
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