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Read Harder Book Group Recap: September

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We hosted our first round of IRL book groups in September in eight cities, and we had an absolute blast. Thanks so much to everyone who came out; and if you’re interested and live near one of our groups, you can mark your calendars for October.

Some attendees are working their way through the 2015 Read Harder challenge, while others were working their way through their TBR stacks. Our wonderful hosts took notes; please enjoy this list of titles that come recommended from group members!



New York City:



Washington, D.C. (a more topics oriented group)

  • How do you track reading? (Most common answer: spreadsheets)
  • What books are worth re-reading? This also led to a conversation about books we don’t feel the need to re-read, because we recognize they were of a certain moment/time in our lives, and we might not recapture the magic.
  • We talked about retellings, like March by Geraldine Brooks Certain Women by Madeleine L’Engle’s
  • Lots of poetry readers in attendance! We talked about various poets and how some texts are meant to be read aloud.
  • the works of Stephen King
  • In the Woods, Tana French
  • Superzelda, Tiziana Lo Porto and Daniele Marotta
  • We also talked about the merits of audiobooks, and which genre is better to run to. (Consensus: narrative nonfiction)

Los Angeles, CA