National Reading Group Day

Libraries Team, 28 September 2022 - Things to do at your library

National Reading Group Day is a celebration of reading groups and book clubs across the country. It's the perfect opportunity to come together with your group, bring new members, talk about your favourite books that you've read together and more!

How to start a reading group

Starting or joining a reading group is a great way to share the pleasure of reading, exchange views on books and read titles you might not have come across. A reading group can range from a few friends getting together at home to more organised groups or even using video conferencing. The most important part is that they are relaxed, informal and, above all, fun.

Buckinghamshire Libraries Reading Group service gives you access to hundreds of titles for your group to order, collect and return to your local library for a £25 annual charge.

Each set of books typically contains 10 copies, and many sets also include audiobooks or large print editions. You may also be able to borrow eBook editions separately. Suggestions for new titles are welcomed from all our Reading Groups.

What to do next?

If you would like to use this service, you need to be a member of Buckinghamshire Libraries, joining is free and easy to do at your local library.

One person should be the named contact for the group (you could discuss this at your first meeting) with details of the named contact, and which library you would like to collect your books from. Once you have set up your account you are ready to go.

Discover something new

New book sets are added throughout the year. Here are a few recent ones:

Book cover The Paper Palace by Miranda Cowley Heller

The Paper Palace by Miranda Cowley Heller


Before anyone else is awake, Elle Bishop heads out for a swim in the glorious freshwater pond below 'The Paper Palace' - the gently decaying summer camp in the back woods of Cape Cod where her family has spent every summer for generations. As she passes the house, Elle glances through the screen porch at the table from the dinner the previous evening; empty wine glasses, candle wax on the tablecloth, echoes of laughter of family and friends. Then she dives beneath the surface of the freezing water to the shocking memory of the sudden passionate encounter she had the night before, up against the wall behind the house, as her husband and mother chatted to the guests inside. So begins a story that unfolds over 24 hours and across 50 years, as decades of family legacies, love, lies, secrets and one unspeakable incident in her childhood lead Elle to the precipice of a life-changing decision.

Book cover The Twyford Code by Janice Hallett

The Twyford Code by Janice Hallett


Forty years ago, Steve Smith found a copy of a famous children's book by disgraced author Edith Twyford, its margins full of strange markings and annotations. Wanting to know more, he took it to his English teacher Miss Isles, not realising the chain of events that he was setting in motion. Miss Iles became convinced that the book was the key to solving a puzzle, and that a message in secret code ran through all Twyford's novels. Then Miss Iles disappeared on a class field trip, and Steve's memory won't allow him to remember what happened. Now, out of prison after a long stretch, Steve decides to investigate the mystery that has haunted him for decades. Was Miss Iles murdered? Was she deluded? Or was she right about the code? And is it still in use today?

Book cover What Strange Paradise by Omar El Akkad

What Strange Paradise by Omar El Akkad


More bodies have washed up on the shores of a small island. Another over-filled, ill-equipped, dilapidated ship has sunk under the weight of its too-many passengers: Syrians, Ethiopians, Egyptians, Lebanese, Palestinians, all of them desperate to escape untenable lives in their homelands. And only one had made the passage: nine-year-old Amir, a Syrian boy who has the good fortune to fall into the hands not of the officials, but of Vanna: a teenage girl, native to the island, who lives inside her own sense of homelessness in a place and among people she has come to disdain. And though Vanna and Amir are complete strangers and don't speak a common language, Vanna determines to do whatever it takes to save him.

Share what you love about your reading group and the books you’ve read by posting a picture on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram using #NationalReadingGroupDay and tagging @readingagency.

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