Have you ever wanted to join a Book Club?
Love Reading? Join the Club.
A book club can give you inspiration to read, motivate you to read, and most importantly connect you to other readers.
Marlborough District Library is launching a new Book Club in January 2019. The Club will hold meetings at the library on the last Thursday of every month at 6:30 pm, the first being January 31, 2019.
Members of the club will enjoy added benefits like free reserves on book club books, first dibs on new books as well as good company, guest speakers and monthly giveaways.
Books read will be on a different theme or genre every month and can be the reader's choice.
Theme's or genres aren't revealed until the meeting, so no reading ahead!
Can't make a meeting? No problem, in fact you don't have to attend meetings, you can become a virtual member of the book club. Just sign up in the library with an e-mail address and we will send you all the information you need to start reading!
Don't like the theme or genre? Haven't had time to read this month's book? No problem, you can still attend meetings if you haven't read a book in the genre.
Visit the book clubs below for more favourite book club reads and reviews.
Book Discussion Scheme (BDS)
Book Discussion Scheme lends books & professionally prepared discussion notes to book groups. Groups receive enough copies of their selected title to allow everyone in the group to read the same book at the same time.
Oprah's Book Club
Oprah's Book Club is an online club. You read Oprah's monthly pick, sign up to receive book notes, view previous book club picks and see interviews with Oprah and featured authors.
RNZ's Short Story Club
RNZ's Short Story Club runs on a Thursday afternoon. The story is posted on the website for anyone to read, then Jesse discusses the weekly story with a guest (sometimes an author or critic) and reads e-mails from readers. The best e-mail wins a book!
For more information about Marlborough District Libraries' new Book Club get in touch via our contact page
Famous bookclub books
What makes a good book club read? It is usually a book that appeals to a wide range of people. Not too literary (or light), or large, that has universal themes and provides lots of talking points.
There are many books that have become favourite book club reads, we have listed a few you may wish to try.
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
Celeste Ng is a Chinese-American and her books reflect that same unique marriage of cultures - traditional values in a liberal American society. Her first book All the Things I never Told you was set in the 1970s and Little Fires Everywhere is set in the 1980s.
The book begins as the Richardson family are watching the remains of their 'Shaker Heights' surburban home smouldering in the early morning.
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Pie Society by Mary Ann Schaffer
Mary Ann Schaffer wrote this epistolary novel (novel in letters), posthumously, which basically means by the time it was published she was sadly, dead.
January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she’s never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb.
As Juliet and her new correspondent exchange letters, Juliet is drawn into the world of this man and his friends—and what a wonderfully eccentric world it is. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society—born as a spur-of-the-moment alibi when its members were discovered breaking curfew by the Germans occupying their island—boasts a charming, funny, deeply human cast of characters, from pig farmers to phrenologists, literature lovers all.
Wool by Hugh Howey
With a famous 'twist in the tail', Wool is a tense science fiction read that will keep readers gripped until the last astonishing scenes when all is revealed.
Thousands of them have lived underground. They've lived there so long, there are only legends about people living anywhere else. Such a life requires rules. Strict rules. There are things that must not be discussed. Like going outside. Never mention you might like going outside. Or you'll get what you wish for.
The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris
Originally written as a screenplay, New Zealander (now living in Australia) Heather Morris interviewed the subject of this novel (holocaust survivor Lale Sokolov), for three years before commencing writing this harrowing novel.
It is heart-wrenching, illuminating, and unforgettable.
Lale Sokolov is well-dressed, a charmer, a ladies' man. He is also a Jew. On the first transport from Slovakia to Auschwitz in 1942, Lale immediately stands out to his fellow prisoners. In the camp, he is looked up to, looked out for, and put to work in the privileged position of Tätowierer- the tattooist - to mark his fellow prisoners, forever. One of them is a young woman, Gita, who steals his heart at first glance. His life given new purpose, Lale does his best through the struggle and suffering to use his position for good.