National Reading Group Day

Published
14.09.2021
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We're celebrating National Reading Group Day on Tuesday 14th September.

Did you know Buckinghamshire Libraries have over 120 reading groups registered with libraries across the county?

For an annual subscription of £25, groups have access to almost 400 sets of books, which are made up of 10 copies of a title and often include an audiobook and large print book.

We offer a wide range of authors and genres, from award winners such as Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart and Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell, to classic titles like Persuasion by Jane Austen and new bestseller The Midnight Library by Matt Haig.

Our collection also has biographies from Michelle Obama, Tim Peake and many more. Some books you may not have heard of like Leonard and Hungry Paul by Ronan Hession and The Chilbury Ladies choir by Jennifer Ryan. There are books that will challenge you, we hope all will entertain you and many will move you.

Our groups are encouraged to suggest new titles for our collection and we also ask that groups review the books they have read so their recommendations, or otherwise, help others choose what to read next.

If you would like to find out more about reading groups in your area, please ask at your local library.

See the titles in our reading group collection

 

How do you start up a Reading Group?

Visit our Reading Group page to learn more about how to setup a reading group with Buckinghamshire Libraries.

For more general information on how to set up and run a reading group, visit www.readinggroups.org

 

Read our latest book review by a Reading Group

Thank you to Winslow WI for sending in their review of one of our recent additions – Leonard and Hungry Paul by Ronan Hession.

 

This is a well-written, thoughtful and witty novel in which hardly anything happens. There is no real plot except the detailed planning of a wedding. The main characters are two single young men still living at home who enjoy each other’s company while playing board games. They both have problems communicating with others in daily life -- Leonard at work in a publishing house and Paul within his family. The novel is about ordinary people living ordinary lives, but all the characters are developed, and their hopes and feelings are revealed in great depth.

Leonard is eager to meet someone to share his love of the universe and to assuage his grief at the death of his mother, but has great difficulty in knowing how to communicate with Shelley when he wants to show his feelings. Paul floats about within his family, quite happy to enjoy peace and quiet, but a source of worry to his sister and parents.

There are hilarious scenes when Paul makes a complaint at the supermarket, tries to take up karate and, when he is unable to make an acceptance speech, he is spotted as a talent by a mime artist. Clever imagery and witty phrases appear throughout the book. There are serious comments and reflections on marriage brought on by Grace’s worries that she cannot associate what she feels about her love with the Disney style image portrayed by others in films and books. The gaps between generations are explored and there is real understanding of the problems of care of the elderly and the effects of grief. The author being a musician brings quite a lot of music into the story.

It is rare that nine out of ten of our reading group all loved a novel, but this was a definite hit which will probably be a surprise to anyone reading this review because it is difficult to explain its appeal.

We cracked the meaning of the sunfish illustration on the cover but failed to discover why Paul was hungry. I will sign off with an in-joke…

“You may wish to note the above”.

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