What’s This?

Glad you asked. This is where you sign up for the book club. Every month I will send out an email with that month’s reading selection. I might occasionally email you something else, but it will be book-related.

If you would like a couple of examples, here are two recent newsletters from the archives. Some are shorter than these, some are longer, all are book-related and awesome.

April 2012: Try This Reading Experiment – You Deserve It

47 of my favorite non-fiction books

11 fantastic Books recommended by 11 exquisite librarians

I’ll never sell your information. I respect your privacy. I’m a librarian, after all.

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Ted January 14, 2010 at 9:24 am

Hi Josh,

Just a quick note that we can’t see the signup form in IE 7.

Please feel free to delete this note once read!

Keep up the great work!


Josh Hanagarne January 14, 2010 at 9:27 am

Thanks Ted. I’ll see if I can figure out what’s going on,


John April 11, 2011 at 10:27 am


Is there a forum for the book club?


Josh Hanagarne April 11, 2011 at 10:33 am

John, there isn’t. Currently what will happen is that I’ll write a blog post that I’ll send you a link to. It will generally be a post that is not published publicly on the blog, so only those on the newsletter will have access to the discussion.

I’m hoping that there will be enough members one day to start a forum. But I’ve moderated a few forums and the hassle of spam and the amount of time it takes isn’t going to be worth it for a while yet, unless I can find a team of moderators. Hint!


SusanGarvey March 9, 2012 at 9:36 am

Hi Josh:
I don’t think I’ve signed up, but would love to. I can’t on the website, however. The boxes are not large enough to complete the entry.


judy jones January 7, 2013 at 12:55 pm

are these reads available as e readers?ty


Josh Hanagarne January 7, 2013 at 12:58 pm

Some are.


Milena March 8, 2013 at 1:49 pm

I just signed up for the Book Club, can I get the title of this month’s book? I’d love to participate, even if I am a little behind.


Josh Hanagarne March 8, 2013 at 8:18 pm

Hi Milena, I”ll send you an email tomorrow, absolutely.


Page Inman March 23, 2013 at 12:27 pm

Hi Josh,
I’ve got an ARC of your book and am enjoying it. I am a librarian and always like reading about my fellow librarian’s adventures in sharing a love of books.


Josh Hanagarne March 23, 2013 at 12:46 pm

Fantastic, thanks for letting me know, Page.


Verónica Díaz May 11, 2013 at 6:43 am

Hey Josh,
I am a memoir lover. I work as a junior high school teacher and I’m always looking for inspiring stories to share with my students. I also have a 4 year-old daughter who is very much into books so I am creating a collection of my favourite books, hoping she will read them and enjoy them one day as much as I do. Thus, I can’t wait to read your story! I might have to wait for a little while and have the book shiped from the States since I live in Mexico. But I am defenitely looking forward to having it in my hands and memoir collection!
All the best,


philosophy. June 12, 2013 at 1:36 pm

Hi. Please tell me the site from which i will get a free philosophy books. I really a philosophy book. “The elements of moral Philosophy” by James Rachels. can you help me?


Naomi May 23, 2013 at 7:24 pm

Hi Josh, I just read your blog on your reading experiement and it was very interesting. My friend and I have been playing book bingo to make us read different things. It has been really good but we are still comfort reading in between as sometimes you just want a read something you know you will enjoy!
the bingo sheet looks like this http://www.retreatbyrandomhouse.ca/2013/01/reading-bingo/
The hardest one I have had so far is the book recommended by your barrista. I got recommended to read was “I was Dr Mengels Assistant” which is about Auschwitz and something that I would never choose to read as I like to pretend the world is a happy place. I did read it though and it was interesting, but hasn’t started me on a quest to read more holocaust books.
Thanks for your blog, I’m definitely going to sign up to the book club and read your book


Kim Thames June 13, 2013 at 7:08 pm

Hello, Josh!
I enjoyed your book very much, and I thought I had joined your book club. Could I have missed your June email? I am looking forward to it.
I know you have been told how inspirational your story is. It is not just your story – it is your ability to share it in a straightforward, honest, literary style that gives it the power to inspire. You can also be very funny, so there is that.
Anyway, I will be looking for your book club email.
Thank you!

Kim Thames


Josh Hanagarne June 13, 2013 at 8:18 pm

Hi Kim, you didn’t miss the email, I just spaced on it like a loser. First week in July will be the next one. And thank you!


Kim Thames June 14, 2013 at 8:36 pm

Great! I will be watching for it!


Maggie August 21, 2014 at 1:25 pm

So I have read all be 2 of the books on your intro list. I did not like your Chuck bashing. I liked Snuff! I also tend to read all of an author, not just a few selections or the book of the day! Are you sure you are a librarian?


Josh Hanagarne August 21, 2014 at 4:50 pm

Chuck’s one of my favorite authors. I’ve read them all.


Josh Hanagarne August 21, 2014 at 4:50 pm

Chuck’s one of my favorite authors. I’ve read all of his books.


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