Skip to main content

Archives - Reading Group Guides Newsletter

January has been a bit of a whirlwind. After what ended up being a two-week holiday break for most of the industry until January 6th, the rest of the month has been super crazy busy.

I spent the better part of last week in Baltimore at the American Booksellers Association’s Winter Institute, which gave me a chance to talk to booksellers, who, like me, are small business owners, and also to hear about many upcoming titles from authors and publishers. From there, I headed to Philadelphia for the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting, and there, in less than 24 hours, I heard more than a dozen authors present their new books. I am looking forward to sharing so many of them with you. I rarely get sick, but somewhere along the way, I caught a cold, which has derailed me for a lot of this week!

Happy New Year! Since this is our first newsletter of the year, here’s wishing you all a wonderful year ahead. It was a long and lovely break, but we are so glad to be back in touch with you. We have lots to share.

As promised, our Most Requested Guides of 2019 is now available. We know this is an eagerly anticipated list each year. We pulled together the 30 guides that were accessed the most by you last year. Your top five picks are WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING by Delia Owens (no surprise there), BECOMING by Michelle Obama (no surprise there, either), THE HATE U GIVE by Angie Thomas, FRANKENSTEIN by Mary Shelley, and BENEATH A SCARLET SKY by Mark Sullivan (my mom just discussed this book with her book club last week, and they all loved it). As always, we love seeing which guides appealed to you the most!