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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

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1509892648
Hardback:Weaning made simple : your go-to guide to baby's first foods:2020.
Author: Karmel, Annabel.
Year 2020.
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Bluebird Books for Life,
Resource type: Physical
Note: English
272 pages : illustrations (colour) ; 23 cm.
0241425441
Hardback:The Thursday Murder Club:2020.
Author: Osman, Richard, 1970-
Year 2020.
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Viking,
Resource type: Physical
Note: English
380 pages ; 24 cm.
1784292109
Paperback:The little theatre by the sea:2017.
Author: Ley, Rosanna.
Year 2017.
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Quercus,
Resource type: Physical
Note: English
455 pages ; 20 cm.
075288350X
Paperback:Paradise House:2008.:New pbk. ed.
Author: James, Erica, 1960-
Year 2008.
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Edition: New pbk. ed.
Publisher: Orion,
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: 2003. Paradise House, a bed and breakfast and home to the Baxter girls, has the best views of the beach in the old-fashioned resort of Angel Sands. With her mother taking time out, it is up to Genevieve Baxter to maintain the running of the bed and breakfast, until she finds a trip down memory lane unavoidable. English
438 p. ; 20 cm.
0007503598
Paperback:Dishonour:2013.
Author: Rose, Jacqui.
Year 2013.
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Avon,
Resource type: Physical
Note: Laila is beautiful and kind and clever - traits that will get her into trouble. Make people dislike her, and when she starts hanging around with an English boy, Ray Ray, she brings shame on her family and needs to be taught a lesson. But Laila and Ray Ray are in love and don't heed the warnings. There are dangerous men in the world, men who are always watching, and who will stop at nothing to get things done their way. Soon there's a terrible 'accident' and Laila is forced to make a deal with the devil - and pay a very heavy price for breaking the rules. English
360 pages ; 20 cm.
1408704021
Hardback:The silkworm:2014.
Author: Galbraith, Robert.
Author: Rowling, J.K.
Year 2014.
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Sphere,
Resource type: Physical
Note: When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, she just thinks he has gone off by himself for a few days - as he has done before - and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home. But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realises. English
455 pages ; 24 cm.
1849709610
Paperback:Malleus:2015.
Author: Abnett, Dan.
Year 2015.
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Black Library,
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: 2001. English
431 pages ; 20 cm.
184737459X
Hardback:The lady of the rivers:2011.
Author: Gregory, Philippa.
Year 2011.
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Simon & Schuster,
Resource type: Physical
Note: Jacquetta, daughter of the Count of Luxembourg and kinswoman to half the royalty of Europe, was married to the great Englishman John, Duke of Bedford, uncle to Henry VI. Widowed at the age of 19, she took the extraordinary risk of marrying a gentleman of her household for love, and then carved out a new life for herself. English
502 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
0241491517
Hardback:A promised land
Author: Obama, Barack.
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: New York: Crown. Includes index. English
xvi, 751 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (black and white, and colour) ; 24 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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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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Paperback:The silver eyes.:2017.
Author: Cawthon, Scott.
Year 2017.
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Scholastic,
Resource type: Physical
Note: English
400 pages ; 21 cm.
1784882275
Hardback:Little green kitchen : simple vegetarian family recipes:2019.
Author: Frenkiel, David.
Year 2019.
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Hardie Grant Books,
Resource type: Physical
Note: English
207 pages : illustrations (colour) ; 26 cm.
1784705039
Paperback:Brit(ish) : on race, identity and belonging:2018.
Author: Hirsch, Afua.
Year 2018.
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Content type: Catalogue
Publisher: Vintage,
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: London: Jonathan Cape. English
367 pages : illustrations (black and white) ; 20 cm.
1409180050
Hardback:Queenie:2019.
Author: Carty-Williams, Candice, 1989-
Year 2019.
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Trapeze,
Resource type: Physical
Note: English
392 pages ; 23 cm.
0099285665
Paperback:Cider with Rosie:2002.
Author: Lee, Laurie.
Year 2002.
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Vintage,
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: London: Hogarth, 1959. This is a vivid memoir of childhood in a remote Cotswold village, a village before electricity or cars, a timeless place on the verge of change. Growing up amongst the fields and woods and characters of the place, Laurie Lee depicts a world that is both immediate and real and belonging to a now distant past. English
231 p. : ill. ; 20 cm.
0199233160
Paperback:Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS/ME):2008.:2nd ed.
Author: Campling, Frankie.
Year 2008.
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Edition: 2nd ed.
Publisher: Oxford University Press,
Resource type: Physical
Note: Formerly CIP. Replaces: 9780192630490. This book presents a compassionate guide to this illness, providing sufferers and their families, with practical advice, based solely on scientific evidence. It is unique in being written by both a sufferer and a physician. Included in the book is a detailed guide to self-help, written from a patient's perspective, but evidence-based. Previous ed.: published as Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS/ME). 2000. SECTION 1 - CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME: ITS NATURE, DIAGNOSIS, AND TREATMENT-- 1. Our aims in this section-- 2. What should it be called and why?-- 3. What is chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS/ME)?-- 4. How is a diagnosis of CFS/ME made?-- 5. What other conditions is CFS/ME linked to?-- 6. What do we know about CFS/ME?-- 7. Making sense of what we know about the causes of CFS/ME-- 8. What is the best treatment?-- 9. Some myths about CFS/ME-- 10. Summary-- SECTION 2 - THE IDEA OF HELPING YOURSELF-- 11. Introduction to self-help-- 12. Balancing rest and activity-- 13. Relaxation and calm breathing-- 14. Appropriate exercise-- 15. Improving your sleep-- 16. Getting the best from your food-- 17. Coping with pain-- 18. Difficulties with memory and concentration-- 19. A gradual increase in activity-- 20. What gets in the way of being sensible?-- 21. Improving your mood-- 22. Managing anxiety, panic and depression-- 23. Managing your thinking-- 24. Dealing with problems-- 25. Better communication English
xi, 199 p. ; 20cm.
0349142920
Paperback:Little fires everywhere:2018.
Author: Ng, Celeste.
Year 2018.
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Abacus,
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: London: Little, Brown, 2017. English
388 pages ; 20 cm.