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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 will.cooban@bexley.gov.uk

Recent review
1787633012
Hardback:Not a happy family
Author: Lapena, Shari, 1960-
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Resource type: Physical
Note: English
351 pages ; 24 cm
148625022X
DAISY:The architect's apprentice:2014.:Unabridged edition.
Author: Shafak, Elif, 1971-
Year 2014.
Language: English, Turkish
Media class: DAISY
Edition: Unabridged edition.
Publisher: Bolinda Audio,
Resource type: Physical
Note: Translated from the Turkish. Read by Grant Cartwright. English
14 CDs (16 hr., 30 min.) : digital, stereo.
1405943904
Paperback:The affair
Author: Boyd, Hilary.
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Resource type: Physical
Note: English
406 pages ; 20 cm
1471171809
Paperback:Grandma Bird:2018.
Author: Davies, Benji.
Year 2018.
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Simon & Schuster,
Resource type: Physical
Note: English
30 unnumbered pages : chiefly illustrations (colour) ; 25 x 28 cm.
178475479X
Paperback:Ready player one:2018.
Author: Cline, Ernest.
Year 2018.
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Arrow Books,
Resource type: Physical
Note: Film tie-in. Originally published: London: Century, 2011. English
374 pages ; 20 cm.
152661491X
Hardback:Orphans of the storm
Author: Imrie, Celia, 1952-
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Resource type: Physical
Note: English
vi, 408 pages ; 24 cm
1785762141
Paperback:Evil games:2017.
Author: Marsons, Angela.
Year 2017.
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Zaffre,
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: Great Britain: Bookouture, 2015. English
435 pages ; 20 cm.
1509840176
Hardback:The missing sister
Author: Riley, Lucinda.
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Resource type: Physical
Note: English
805 pages ; 24 cm.
1473605458
Paperback:The end of time:2020.
Author: Extence, Gavin, 1982-
Year 2020.
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Hodder,
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: London: Hodder & Stoughton, 2019. English
330 pages ; 20 cm.

Library events and activities restarting

We are pleased to announce that we will be restarting our events and activities in our libraries over the next few weeks. Please visit the regular events for children and regular events for adults pages for the latest information.

We will also be launching two new event newsletters. You can subscribe on the Council website.

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 including those living with a visual impairment.

Adult Reading Groups

Library Day Times
Central Last Thursday of the month 5.45pm to 6.45pm
Crayford TBC TBC
Erith First Thursday of the month 10am to midday
Sidcup TBC TBC
Thamesmead TBC TBC
Welling TBC TBC

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 TBC TBC
Sidcup TBC TBC

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

  • 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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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.

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Recent rating
1409152723
Paperback:This thing of darkness:2016.
Author: Bingham, Harry, 1967-
Year 2016.
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Orion Books,
Resource type: Physical
Note: A marine engineer who tumbles off a cliff path on a windy night. A burglary where everything taken was returned by the thief. The suicide of a man in love with life. An accident, a mystery, an unexplained tragedy. And nothing at all to connect them. Until, that is, Detective Constable Fiona Griffiths, searching for something - anything - to take he. Originally published: 2015. English
501 pages ; 20 cm.
1529345154
Hardback:The runner:2020.
Author: Leather, Stephen.
Year 2020.
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton,
Resource type: Physical
Note: English
327 pages ; 24 cm.
1473657350
Paperback:This is what happened:2019.
Author: Herron, Mick.
Year 2019.
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: John Murray,
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: 2018. English
243 pages ; 20 cm.
1785923307
Paperback:The illustrated guide to dyslexia and its amazing people.:2018.
Author: Power, Kate.
Year 2018.
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers,
Resource type: Physical
93.
0349412413
Paperback:The gentle discipline book : how to raise co-operative, polite and helpful children:2017.
Author: Ockwell-Smith, Sarah.
Year 2017.
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Content type: Catalogue
Publisher: Piatkus,
Resource type: Physical
Note: English
277 pages : illustrations (black and white) ; 24 cm.
1529125774
Hardback:The night she disappeared
Author: Jewell, Lisa.
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Resource type: Physical
Note: English
471 pages ; 24 cm
1473678447
Paperback:Calculus : a complete introduction:2018.:[New] edition.
Author: Abbott, Paul, (Mathematics teacher)
Year 2018.
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Edition: [New] edition.
Publisher: Teach Yourself,
Resource type: Physical
Note: Previous edition: 2013. English
xi, 351 pages : illustrations (black and white) ; 22 cm.