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Reading Groups

Like chatting about books? Like chatting about books?

If you like chatting about books, why not join one of the reading groups in Bexley's libraries? New members are always welcome.
Please contact your local Bexley library for more details
We'd love to hear your reading group's book news and reviews. Email

Recent review
Paperback:The hunger games:2009.
Author: Collins, Suzanne.
Year 2009.
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Scholastic,
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: New York: Scholastic, 2008. Adolescent. English
454 p. ; 20 cm.
Hardback:The President is missing:2018.
Author: Clinton, Bill, 1946-
Year 2018.
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Century,
Resource type: Physical
Note: English
513 pages ; 24 cm.
Paperback:A thousand splendid suns:2008.:New pbk. ed.
Author: Hosseini, Khaled.
Year 2008.
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Edition: New pbk. ed.
Publisher: Bloomsbury,
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: 2007. 'A Thousand Splendid Suns' is a chronicle of Afghan history, and a deeply moving story of family, friendship, and the salvation to be found in love. English
412 p. ; 20 cm.
Large print:House of glass:2019.
Author: Fletcher, Susan, 1979-
Year 2019.
Language: English
Media class: Large print
Publisher: Charnwood,
Resource type: Physical
Note: Standard print edition originally published: London: Virago, 2018. English
438 pages (large print) ; 24 cm.
Author: Brooks, Geraldine.
Year 2006.
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Harper Perennial,
Resource type: Physical
Note: Selected for the Richard & Judy Book Club 2006. John March is the father of the girls from the classic novel 'Little Women'. Here we see him as abolitionist and idealistic chaplain on the front lines of a war that tests his faith in himself and in the Union. As he recovers from a near-fatal illness, he finds a way to reconnect with his family. Originally published: London: Fourth Estate, 2005. English
280 p. ; 20 cm.
Paperback:Seven minutes in heaven:2017.
Author: James, Eloisa.
Year 2017.
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Piatkus,
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: New York: Avon Books. English
404 pages ; 20 cm.

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Reading Groups in Bexley Libraries

Are you a keen reader and like to discuss the books you read? Bexley Libraries has a range of reading groups for adults and teenagers, including those living with a visual impairment.

Adult Reading Groups

Library Day Times
Central Last Thursday of the month 5.45pm-6.45pm
Crayford Third Wednesday of the month 10.00am-midday
Erith Second Wednesday of the month 11.00am-midday
Sidcup First Wednesday of the month 5.45pm-6.45pm
Thamesmead Second Monday of the month 10.00am-11.00am
Welling Second Friday of the month 10.15am-midday

Reader’s Choice

Informal, family friendly groups for chat about whatever you are currently reading. Ideal for parents and carers with babies and toddlers.

Library Day Times
Central Third Thursday of the month 10.30am-11.30am
Sidcup First Monday of the month 10.30am-11.30am

Reading Group for the Visually Impaired

We host a reading group for the visually impaired at Central Library, Bexleyheath on the first Wednesday of each month from 10.30am-midday.

For more information please contact us.

Other Reading Groups for Adults

  • Central Library host the ‘Book Bound Book Club’ on the second Thursday of the month from where members can discuss a specific book and other books that they’ve read in a relaxed atmosphere.
  • Sidcup Library host a ‘Crime and Thriller Reading Group’ on the second Saturday of the month at 2.30pm.
  • For Jane Austen lovers, there is also a ‘Jane Austen Reading Group’ which meets at Welling Library on alternate Thursdays from 1.15pm-2.30pm.
  • Welling Library also host an informal reading group called ‘Book Marks’ where members can discuss their latest reads and pass on recommendations. This group meets on the first Wednesday of the month from 10.00am-11.00am.
  • Love Poetry? Join the Poetry group at Welling Library from 2.30-4pm on alternate Saturdays for friendly chat and discussion about all types of poetry.

For more information about any of these groups, when the next meeting will be held or how to join, please contact the library or visit our Regular Events for Adults Page.

Running your own reading group

If you already run, are part of, or are looking to starting your own local reading group we can provide book group sets free of charge from our collection of over 100 titles.

The book sets can be delivered to any of our libraries for you to collect.

For more information about setting up a group please contact us.

Reading Groups recommend…

From classics to crime to contemporary fiction, our book groups love discovering different things to read and passing on their recommendations.

The Central Library Reading Group recommend ‘The Colour’ by Rose Tremain.

Joseph and Harriet Blackstone emigrate from Norfolk to New Zealand in search of new beginnings and prosperity. But the harsh landscape threatens to destroy them almost before they begin.

“We loved this book… it was a well written & captivating novel about hardship and hope in 1860’s New Zealand. It’s reflecting Colonial settlements and the Gold rush with a presence of Maori mysticism. A brilliant read!”

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Useful Links

BBC Radio 2 Book Club – Profiles, clips and features from the popular radio show…

BBC Radio 4 Book Club – Author interviews, ideas, discussions…

New Books Magazine – Reviews and ideas for reading groups and general readers alike.

The Reading Club – Everything you need to know about setting up and running a reading group, plus features, guides and activities.

Any views expressed by contributors to these sites should not be taken to reflect the views of the Council.




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Recent rating
Author: Joyce, Rachel.
Year 2014.
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Black Swan,
Resource type: Physical
Note: Summer, 1972: In the claustrophobic heat, eleven-year-old Byron and his friend begin 'Operation Perfect', a hapless mission to rescue Byron's mother from impending crisis. Winter, present day: As frost creeps across the moor, Jim cleans tables in the local cafe, a solitary figure struggling with OCD. His job is a relief from the rituals that govern. Originally published: London: Doubleday, 2013. English
444 pages ; 20 cm.
Paperback:Blue Lily, Lily Blue:2014.
Author: Stiefvater, Maggie, 1981-
Year 2014.
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Scholastic,
Resource type: Physical
Note: The third book in the mesmerizing series from bestselling author, Maggie Stiefvater. English
389 pages ; 20 cm.
Large print:Finding prince charming:2020.
Author: Garland, Victoria.
Year 2020.
Language: English
Media class: Large print
Publisher: Ulverscroft Large Print Books Ltd,
Resource type: Physical
Note: English
328 pages (large print) ; 19 cm
Paperback:House in Norway.:2017.
Author: Hjorth, Vigdis.
Year 2017.
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Norvik Press,
Resource type: Physical
Hardback:So lucky:2019.
Author: O'Porter, Dawn.
Year 2019.
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: HarperCollinsPublishers,
Resource type: Physical
Note: English
389 pages ; 23 cm.