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“So, you’ve started your book club, you’ve bought enough wine to satisfy even your thirstiest pals, plus plenty of cheesy snacks. Now comes the difficult part—shaping your friendly chatter into an elevated, incisive conversation about the book you all agreed to read. That can be a challenge. Which is why we’re providing you with this list of top book club questions that will generate general discussion whether you’re focused on nonfiction, a self-help book, a juicy historical romance novel, or one of Reese’s, Jenna Bush Hager’s or, of course, Oprah’s favorites.”
“Then there’s theft, a common problem for libraries both big and small. In some of the most costly cases, these thefts are carried out by dedicated “tome raiders” who target rare books, maps, and documents, normally to sell to collectors. But it’s not always books that go missing: In recent decades, everything from presidential rocking chairs to swords and skeletons have been stolen from libraries across the world.”
“A true bookworm knows their books don’t need to be perfectly styled, but it never hurts to give those classic tomes some extra love. If you’re looking for a way to display your beloved novels and biographies, but aren’t a fan of the color-coded look, we’ve got seven great ideas to share. Whether you own hundreds of books or have pared down your collection to just a few favorites, there’s an option below for everyone.”