Have you ever had difficulty deciding what to read next? A book club can help you discover books that you might have otherwise completely overlooked, or prompt you to read a title that has long been on your list. In our busy world, sometimes having a book picked for you and a deadline to finish it can help you meet personal reading goals. Discussing what we've read, with friends or online, can also help us continue to enjoy the text.
Fulton County Library System offers several options for patrons who want to join book clubs. Our Online Book Club is currently reading and discussing The Leavers, but has just closed voting on the next title, Parable of the Sower. Titles picked by Online Book Club are always available for no-wait downloads through that portal with Freeding, and both the current and next title are also available with no wait through hoopla. Online Book Club's discussion groups are engaging and moderated, and are meant to foster both discussion and a deeper reading of the text.
If you're not sure you want to join Online Book Club, Overdrive is currently hosting a Big Library Read of The Quiet Girl. When Overdrive chooses a book for the The Big Library Read, that title is available with no wait time on Overdrive and the Libby app for the duration of the discussion. The Big Library Read happens several times per year on Overdrive, so it's a good way to try out how you feel about discussing books in moderated forums.
Want to start your own online book club with your friends? All titles in Hoopla are available for simultaneous downloads. Pick any title in already in Hoopla, and the book will be there with no wait for all of your friends. Then just set up a group chat or Facebook group for your reading crew. Enjoy all the fun of talking about what you've read with friends without the hassle of coordinating physical meet-ups with online book clubs.