Book Groups at Bookshop Santa Cruz

Bookshop Santa Cruz offers many services for those interested in book groups.

Book Group Registry

Bookshop Santa Cruz's Book Group Registry program offers many benefits to local book groups: a 15% discount on the monthly reading pick; invitations to our Book Group Mixers; and our special email newsletter, Bookends, which includes excellent book group reading recommendations. Browse our new Book Group shelves in the fiction room for staff recommendations, local book group choices, and information on running Book Groups.

Register your book group

Order books for your book group

Sign up for our Bookends Newsletter

Discounted Monthly Reads

Once you have registered your book group, we will stock the book that you choose to read each month. Please tell us the date of your next meeting and which book you'll read - ask us in the store, place a web order, or call us: (831) 423-0900. We can get most books in 2-7 days.

When your books are here, we will notify your group's contact person. The books will be placed on the Book Groups shelf in our paperback fiction section for pickup. Give your book group's name at the register and you'll receive 15% off the book.

Book Group Mixers

We also offer Book Group Mixers several times a year. These mixers are a great way to meet other individuals interested in joining an existing book group or starting a new one. The events feature presentations by authors and representatives of publishing houses, lots of great giveaways, raffle prizes, and staff recommendations of great book group titles.

Read the reviews from our:
February 2014 Book Group Mixer Handout
September 2013 Book Group Mixer Handout
March 2013 Book Group Mixer Handout
August 2012 Book Group Mixer Handout
July 2011 Book Group Mixer Handout

Book Groups Seeking Members:

The Chai Circle is a book club in the Santa Cruz/Monterey/San Jose area that seeks to expand notions about Islam, Middle East and the Muslim experience.

Community Book Groups

Three times a year, Bookshop hosts Community Book Groups led by Julie Minnis. We bring together books, knowledge, and panelist experts to create a space for dialogue and thought around topics that are demanding and deserving of more attention in today’s society. Each selection will be discounted 15% off the cover price for the month ahead of the event. Then we hold a lively discussion of the book followed by a dialogue with featured experts. And we always have snacks and tea!

Win a Bookshop Gift Card

Submit your recommendation for a great book group pick and be entered in a monthly drawing for a $15 Bookshop Santa Cruz gift card. You can visit the Information Desk to fill out and submit a recommendation, or you can email us and we'll fill it out for you. If you are submitting by email, please keep your reviews in the 50-75 word range. Also, please remember to include your contact information.

Read a review of Mudbound from the book group that won free copies for all their members by entering a contest in the Bookends email newsletter.

More Resources for Book Groups

Questions about book groups? Email us:

Recommended Reading Group Activities 

Great Books for Book Groups

Other Services:
All titles are subject to availability. Prices subject to change. Please call 831-423-0900 to confirm.
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