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Reading Groups

Reading and book discussion groups exist in most American communities. Individuals often start reading groups among their friends. There are also more formal reading groups sponsored by educational, religious or community organizations. Bookstores and libraries also often sponsor reading groups. The group may meet in a community room or school, or in the homes of various members on a rotating basis, with or without refreshments.

The whole aim of a reading group is that all members read the same book, then discuss aspects of the book with each other, thereby enriching the reading experience for all. Aware of this phenomenon, major publishers and book sellers make discussion guides with questions widely available to the public. The discussion may be led by a paid reading group leader, or by one of the members.

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