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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
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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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
1509840176
Hardback:The missing sister
Author: Riley, Lucinda.
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Resource type: Physical
Note: English
805 pages ; 24 cm.
0241145783
Paperback:Mr Loverman.:2013.
Author: Evaristo, Bernardine.
Year 2013.
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Hamish Hamilton,
Resource type: Physical
Note: Barrington Jedidiah Walker is 74 and leads a double life. Born and bred in Antigua, he's lived in Hackney since the 60s. A flamboyant, wise-cracking local character with a dapper taste in retro suits and a fondness for quoting Shakespeare, Barrington is a husband, father and grandfather - but he is also secretly homosexual, lovers with his great ch. English
306 pages ; 20 cm.
0340733500
Paperback:The power of now : a guide to spiritual enlightenment:2001.
Author: Tolle, Eckhart, 1948-
Year 2001.
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Content type: Catalogue
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton,
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: Novato, Calif.: New World Library, 1999. This text shows how to live a better life by living in the present moment. If we are able to be fully present and take each step in the now, we will be opening ourselves to the experience of the power of now. Includes bibliographical references (p. 193) eng. English
xv, 191 pages ; 20 cm.
150986251X
Paperback:The warship:2020.
Author: Asher, Neal L., 1961-
Year 2020.
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Tor,
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: 2019. English
xvii, 460 pages ; 20 cm.
0340999071
Paperback:How to Train Your Dragon [Book 01].:2010.:New Cover Reprint.
Author: Cowell, Cressida.
Year 2010.
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Edition: New Cover Reprint.
Publisher: Hodder Children's,
Resource type: Physical
Note: Hiccup Haddock Horrendous III was a truly extraordinary Viking hero. The warrior chieftain and awesome sword fighter was known as 'the Dragon Whisperer', on account of his power over these terrifying beasts. But it wasn't always like that, and this is the story of his rise to fame, in his own words. Originally published: 2003. Young People. English
223 p. : ill., map ; 20 cm.
0007574622
Hardback:Head over heels:2016.
Author: Smale, Holly.
Year 2016.
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books,
Resource type: Physical
Note: Harriet Manners knows almost every fact there is. She knows duck-billed platypuses don't have stomachs. She knows that 14 squirrels were once detained as spies. She knows only one flag in the world features a building. And for once, Harriet knows exactly how her life should go - she's got it all planned out. So when love is in the air, Harriet is d. English
445 pages ; 23 cm.
0008254141
Paperback:Happy girl lucky:2019.
Author: Smale, Holly.
Year 2019.
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books,
Resource type: Physical
Note: English
470 pages ; 20 cm.
1444936727
Paperback:The wizards of once.:2018.
Author: Cowell, Cressida.
Year 2018.
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Hodder Children's Books,
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: 2017. English
452 pages : illustrations (black and white) ; 20 cm.