Books, Reading & Book Clubs

Are you looking for something good to read? Use this guide to find book selections for any age.

Databases

GCPL provides access to premium resources that you can use to find your next favorite book.

Novelist Plus

NoveList Plus is the premiere database of reading recommendations, available through libraries around the world.

Novelist K-8 Plus

NoveList K8 Plus is a database about books specifically for younger readers. It helps kids find books that are just right for their reading level and interests.

Gale Literature Resource Center

The world’s most current, comprehensive and reliable online literature database, Literature Resource Center is uniquely relevant to today’s researcher.

Litfinder Digital Archive

LitFinder is Gale’s premier online resource for students and researchers, whether they be poems, plays, speeches, short stories or essays.

Gale Literature Art and Books

Here are some strategies to help you make the most out of your book club discussion:

  • Read the book
  • Write down important page numbers
  • Come up with eight to ten questions about the book
  • Let others answer first
  • Make connections between comments
  • Occasionally direct questions toward quiet people
  • Rein in tangents
  • Don’t feel obligated to get through all the questions
  • Wrap up the discussion

Discussion Questions Tips

  • When writing your own book club discussion questions, avoid questions that are too general, such as “What did you think of the book?” Also avoid questions that have yes or no answers. You want to ask questions that are open-ended and help people talk about themes and how the book relates to deeper issues.
  • Do not make dismissive statements toward other people’s comments. Even if you disagree, take the conversation back to the book rather than saying “That’s ridiculous,” etc. Making people feel embarrassed or defensive is a sure way to shut down the conversation.