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Island Trees Book Chat Selections 2019-2020

These books have all been highly recommended by our Book Chat patrons!

(non fiction is in green)

January: A History of the World in Six Glasses by Tom Standage 

February: Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

March: In Pieces by Sally Field

*April: The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer

May: The Big Fella: Babe Ruth and the World He Created by Jane Leavy

June: Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck

July: Summer Wives by Beatriz Williams

August: The Cuban Affair by Nelson DeMille

September: All You Can Ever Know: A Memoir by Nicole Chung

October: The Friend by Sigrid Nunez

November: Boy Erased by Garrard Conley

December: Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol 

January ’20: The Perfect Horse by Elizabeth Letts

February ’20: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

* The 2018 selection for Long Island Reads, Meg Wolitzer grew up in Syosset and is a member of the MFA faculty at Stony Brook University.

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What will YOU read next?

Below is a list of helpful websites that will guide you in that process. 

Readers Advisory Selection of Useful Sites

All About Romance
http://www.likesbooks.com/
Their stated goal is to provide honest, thoughtful and entertaining material in order to promote intelligent and diverse discussion about romance novels, and to help readers determine how best to spend their romance novel dollar:

Fantastic Fiction
http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/
Contains bibliographies for over 30, 000 authors. You can browse by author or book.

Gnooks
http://www.gnooks.com/
Search for an author’s name and you will be presented with a visual map of similar authors. The closer the suggestions are to the search word, the more similar they are. Clicking on a name in the map will lead you to another visualization of similar authors.

Goodreads
https://www.goodreads.com
The popular bookshelf social network also provides user-generated recommendations of sorts.

Novelist
http://testing.islandtreespubliclibrary.org/novelist/
This “readers’ advisor” database has something for everyone. Adults, teens and children will be able to identify books based on titles, authors and topics they have read and enjoyed. It also provides full-text reviews and annotations for over 20,000 titles.

Reading Group Choices
http://readinggroupchoices.com/
Reading Group Choices selects discussible books and suggests discussion topics for reading groups.

What Should I Read Next
http://www.whatshouldireadnext.com/
Enter a book you like and the site will analyse our huge database of real readers’ favorite books to provide book recommendations and suggestions for what to read next.

Which Book?
http://www.openingthebook.com/whichbook/
Enables millions of combinations of factors and then suggests books which most closely match your needs. Move the sliders to set your choices.

Around the World in 60 Books
http://www.ala.org/yalsa/around-world-60-books
Grab your passport and join tour guide Pam Spencer Holley as you travel together via booktalk from Afghanistan to Iraq, Kenya, England, and places in between.