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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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1407109081
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 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her district in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. But Katniss has been close to death before and survival, for her, is second nature. Adolescent
454 p. ; 20 cm (pbk)
1405911662
Paperback:The husband's secret:2013
Author: Moriarty, Liane
Year 2013
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: Australia: Pan Macmillan Australia Imagine your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret - something with the potential to destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others too. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive!
406 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
1445026260
DAISY:Ultimatum read by Paul Thornley:2013:Unabridged
Author: Kernick, Simon
Author: Thornley, Paul
Year 2013
Language: English
Media class: DAISY
Edition: Unabridged
Publisher: ISIS Audio
Resource type: Physical
Note: Complete and unabridged A threat has been made. An ultimatum delivered. Innocent people are in mortal danger. 8am: an explosion blasts through a cafe in central London. Minutes later a call is made to a local radio station: 'We've just detonated a bomb. Another will explode shortly. The British Government has until midnight tonight to meet all our demands, or a far greater attack will take place somewhere in the country that will bring fire down on all your heads. You have been warned - DC Tina Boyd and DI Mike Bolt have just hours to stop the terrorists - before it's too late... 8am: an explosion rocks a London cafe. Minutes later a call is made to a local radio station. It seems that the government has until midnight to meet all of the terrorist demands before a far greater attack takes place. Sixteen hours is all DC Tina Boyd and Mike Bolt have to find and stop the killers - before its too late. Adult.
10. - CDs : digital, stereo(10 hours)
1473207851
Hardback:False value:2020
Author: Aaronovitch, Ben, 1964-
Year 2020
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Gollancz
Resource type: Physical
Note: Peter Grant is facing fatherhood, and an uncertain future, with equal amounts of panic and enthusiasm. Rather than sit around, he takes a job with emigre Silicon Valley tech genius Terrence Skinner's brand new London start up - the Serious Cybernetics Company. Drawn into the orbit of Old Street's famous 'silicon roundabout', Peter must learn how to blend in with people who are both civilians and geekier than he is. Compared to his last job, Peter thinks it should be a doddle. But magic is not finished with Mama Grant's favourite son. Because Terrence Skinner has a secret hidden in the bowels of the SCC. A technology that stretches back to Ada Lovelace and Charles Babbage, and forward to the future of artificial intelligence. A secret that is just as magical as it technological - and just as dangerous.
404 pages ; 23 cm (hbk)
0552574236
Paperback:Everything, everything:2015
Author: Yoon, Nicola
Year 2015
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Corgi Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Madeline Whittier is allergic to the outside world. So allergic, in fact, that she has never left the house in all of her 17 years. But when Olly moves in next door, and wants to talk to Maddie, tiny holes start to appear in the protective bubble her mother has built around her. Olly writes his IM address on a piece of paper, shows it at her window. Madeline Whittier is allergic to the outside world. So allergic, in fact, that she has never left the house in all of her 17 years. But when Olly moves in next door, and wants to talk to Maddie, tiny holes start to appear in the protective bubble her mother has built around her. Olly writes his IM address on a piece of paper, shows it at her window, and suddenly, a door opens. But does Maddie dare to step outside her comfort zone? 'Everything, Everything' is about the thrill and heartbreak that happens when we break out of our shell to do crazy, sometimes death-defying things for love.
310 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
075537407X
Paperback:Goodnight lady:2010
Author: Cole, Martina
Year 2010
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Headline
Resource type: Physical
Note: The infamous Briony Cavanagh - quite a beauty in her day, and powerful, too. In the sixties, she ran a string of the most notorious brothels in the East End. Patronised by peers and politicians - even royalty, some said. Only Briony knew the hard and painful road she'd travelled to get there. 'Cole is brilliant at portraying the good among the bad, and vice versa, so until the very end we never quite know who to trust. This is the very stuff that makes her so compelling' -- Daily Mirror 'Right from the start [Cole] has enjoyed unqualified approval for her distinctive and powerfully written fiction' -- The Times 'Intensely readable' -- Guardian 'Martina Cole explores the shady criminal underworld, a setting she is fast making her own' -- Sunday Express 'Utterly compelling' -- Mirror 'The story will grip you from the first pages' -- Best 'Gritty novel from an author who knows intimately the world she writes about' -- Express. Originally published: 1994
821 p. ; 20 cm (pbk)

Reading Groups in Bexley Libraries

 

 

Reading groups for adults are held in all Bexley Libraries and meet monthly.

  • Central Library  - Thursday evenings
  • Crayford Library – Wednesday mornings
  • Erith Library – Wednesday mornings
  • Sidcup Library – Wednesday evenings
  • Thamesmead Library – Monday mornings
  • Welling Library – Friday mornings

Informal, family friendly “Reader’s Choice” reading groups for parents and carers with babies and toddlers are held monthly at

  • Central Library – Thursday mornings
  • Sidcup Library – Monday mornings


Reading Friends Groups

Get together with a good book, poem or newspaper article. You can meet new people, make friends, chat and have a laugh. Everyone is welcome. Why not give it a try?

There are now two Reading Friends groups which meet in Bexley Libraries:

  • Erith Library - third Tuesday of the month at 2pm
  • Crayford Library - last Tuesday of the month at 11am


Sidcup Library host a Crime and Thriller reading group on the 2nd Saturday of the month at 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 monthly on Wednesday mornings.

For Jane Austen lovers, there is also a “Jane Austen Reading Group” which meets at Welling Library on alternate Thursday afternoons to learn/discuss all about Jane Austen's life and her novels.

Central Library host the Book Bound Book Club on the second Thursday evening of the month where members can discuss a specific book and other books that they’ve read in a relaxed atmosphere. 

Central Library hosts a reading group for the visually impaired – the group meets on the first Wednesday of the month at 10.30am. Guide dogs welcome.

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

 

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 have just recommended “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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0007288409
Paperback:I heart Hollywood:2010
Author: Kelk, Lindsey
Year 2010
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Harper
Resource type: Physical
Note: Angela Clark can't believe her luck - she's an English girl living in New York with a dream job and a sexy boyfriend. Her latest assignment takes her to Hollywood. Will the sun-drenched glamour of Hollywood win her heart?
326 p. ; 20 cm (pbk)
1846973597
Hardback:The Bertie project:2016
Author: McCall Smith, Alexander, 1948-
Year 2016
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Polygon
Resource type: Physical
Note: Errata slip inserted Once more, we catch up with the delightful goings-on in the fictitious 44 Scotland Street from Alexander McCall Smith. With customary charm and deftness, he gives us another instalment in this popular series, now running in its eleventh season in the Scotsman. Anything could happen to Bertie and the gang.
294 pages ; 23 cm (hbk)
0330517937
Paperback:The sins of the father:2012
Author: Archer, Jeffrey, 1940-
Year 2012
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Pan
Resource type: Physical
Note: In Jeffrey Archer's epic novel, family loyalties are stretched to their limits as secrets unravel, and the story moves from the backstreets of Bristol to the boardrooms of Manhattan. Join the great storyteller on a journey where there are no stop signs, no cul-de-sacs and no dead ends. Originally published: London: Macmillan. Originally published: London: Macmillan In Jeffrey Archer's epic novel, family loyalties are stretched to their limits as secrets unravel, and the story moves from the backstreets of Bristol to the boardrooms of Manhattan. Join the great storyteller on a journey where there are no stop signs, no cul-de-sacs and no dead ends.
428 p., ill. ; 20 cm (pbk)
0552164933
Paperback:Sea change:2011:New pbk. ed.
Author: Goddard, Robert
Year 2011
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Edition: New pbk. ed.
Publisher: Corgi
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: London: Bantam, 2000. It is 1721. London is reeling from the effects of the greatest financial scandal of the age, the collapse of the South Sea Bubble. William Spandrel, a penniless map maker, is offered a discharge of his debts if he takes a package to Amersterdam. Originally published: London: Bantam, 2000 It is 1721. London is reeling from the effects of the greatest financial scandal of the age, the collapse of the South Sea Bubble. William Spandrel, a penniless map maker, is offered a discharge of his debts if he takes a package to Amsterdam.
475 p., map ; 20 cm (pbk)
1444778145
Hardback:Leaving time:2014
Author: Picoult, Jodi, 1966-
Year 2014
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Resource type: Physical
Note: Jenna Metcalf was with her mother the night she disappeared in tragic and mysterious circumstances, but she remembers nothing. Over ten years have passed, and still Jenna reads and rereads her mother's journals, hoping to find some clue hidden there, in the meticulous recording of her scientific research with elephants. Desperate for answers, Jenna. Jenna Metcalf was with her mother the night she disappeared in tragic and mysterious circumstances, but she remembers nothing. Over ten years have passed, and still Jenna reads and rereads her mother's journals, hoping to find some clue hidden there, in the meticulous recording of her scientific research with elephants. Desperate for answers, Jenna uses all her savings to recruit the aid of a private detective - and a psychic. Jenna knows her mother loved her. She knows she would not leave her. And she will not rest until she finds out what happened that night.
405 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)
178295421X
Paperback:Daisy and the trouble with Christmas:2014
Author: Gray, Kes
Author: Parsons, Garry
Year 2014
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Red Fox
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: 2009 Christmas: a time of peace, when all is calm? Not if you're Daisy, who has been extremely excited about Christmas since September. And when Daisy is excited, trouble will surely follow!
256 pages, illustrations (black and white) ; 18 cm (pbk)
0750271167
Hardback:Jamal Jealousaurus:2013
Author: Moses, Brian, 1950-
Author: Gordon, Mike, 1948 March 16-
Year 2013
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Wayland
Resource type: Physical
Note: Each book in this series explores a common emotion through the story of a dinosaur, each of whom displays a common trait such as jealousy, anger, shyness or grumpiness.
32 pages, chiefly illustrations (colour) ; 22 cm (hbk)
0349423253
Paperback:Leopard's wrath:2019
Author: Feehan, Christine
Year 2019
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Piatkus
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: U.S.: Jove Discover a dizzying world of desire and an exotic, sensual race: the Leopard People. He's a man who's used to getting what he wants, but she's not the type of woman to take things lying down. Born into a world of crime, Mitya Amurov has had a hard life, and his leopard has developed into a feral beast to protect him. It's constantly trying to claw its way to the surface, until a chance encounter with a stranger instantly calms the predator inside him. While Mitya wants Ania desperately, it's only a matter of time before his past catches up with him, and he'd rather die than put her in danger. But Ania is dealing with dangers of her own.
420 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)