This group is for you if you like to read great books and discuss them with others. We are low-key and relaxed with typical meeting attendance still able to fit into people's homes. We are located in/around Summit and North Jersey. The main focus is literary fiction, but we're open to non-fiction as well. Some of our favorite authors include Haruki Murakami, Jhumpa Lahiri, Jonathan Franzen, and Zadie Smith - just to name a few. We have been reading a new book every 6-8 weeks during the year.
We are a group of volunteers who share and/or rotate responsibilities for hosting, moderating, book choice and organizing. The organizer(s) sends out meeting notices, keeps us in touch and runs informal planning sessions after each meeting. During these we discuss when and where we meet next as well as what we'd like to read.
The organizer(s) should bring a list of prospective books to choose from. Personally I am a voracious omnivorous reader. I am always on the hunt for books that are well-written, informative, and thought-provoking. I'm not an expert on this so I regularly scan book reviews and award lists across multiple genres, categories and countries. Just like you I enjoy entertaining "beach reads" and curling up with a book and blanket in cold weather. What we are look for here ideally is a little different: books that make for interesting discussion and books that take us into places we might not go on our own.
New members who join in between meetings may not hear from us from a while. Depending on where we are in our calendar it could be as long as 6-8 weeks. It doesn't mean we are ignoring you... just that we are in planning mode. Notices of each meeting go out to everyone as soon as we agree on the book, date and who will be hosting. So far we've always met on Sunday's from 1-3 and that has worked out well. Once you RSVP you'll receive a confirmation by e-mail including the street address.