DIY Book Clubs

DIY Book Clubs

Run Your Own Book Club

NVDPL also supports book clubs in the community with suggestions for what to read next, book sets, and collections of reviews, author bios, and discussion questions. If your book club is looking for a place to meet, speak to a librarian about using space in the library.

The Library's Book Club Collection are available for borrowing as a set or individually; usually 10 or more copies of a title are available. In most cases as these books have been discussed by the Library's book discussion groups, notes are also available. Holds are also permitted on multiple copies.

For titles in this collection, see our Staff Picks lists  particularly "Books to Talk About," You can also search for "book club collection" in the library catalogue, or browse the Book Club Collection at Lynn Valley Library in person. Some of the titles are also availabe at Capilano Library and Parkgate Library branches. 


Great Resources For Your Book Club

ALA Book Club Central

Find out about Sarah Jessica Parker's book club picks, and all kinds of other information about running a book club.

Book Movement

Find out what book clubs are reading nationwide (mainly USA), which books they recommend and why. Maintains a list of the current most popular book club selections among its members (free; requires registration).

Discussion Questions

Publishers often create a list of discussion questions when one of their books becomes popular with book clubs. Try searching Reading Group Guides below or use a search engine to search the book title and the term 'discussion questions.' For those books where you can’t find discussion questions, click on the link above for a list of generic questions you can use with almost any book.

Wonder what other people think about the book you’re reading?  Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers and book recommendations. You can browse the reviews, create an account and submit your own review, and track the books you’ve read.


An all-in-one site for book lovers offering everything from recommendations and reviews, book club tips and, for those of you how like to go all out, recipes to suit the theme of your book.

Novelist Plus 

Do you want to know what to read next? Novelist Plus contains reviews of over 200,000+ fiction and non-fiction titles. Search by author, title, series or plot. Includes lists of award-winning books, discussion guides, recommended reads and even create a personal reading list! Provided by NVDPL; sign in with your library card number and PIN. 

Reading Group Choices 

Reading Group Choices selects discussible books and suggests discussion topics for reading groups.  Its popular website offers interesting, informative, fun, and interactive material of interest to book clubs.

Reading Group Guides

With over 4000 book guides, this is a great resource for any book club. You will find reviews, discussion questions, book suggestions, tips on how to run a book club and much more on this website.