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Spend Summer with a New Book Group

Posted 6 months ago by Heather H

Book groups are long-standing traditions at libraries, and they should be! What better place to host a book group than the very place which houses so many of the world's greatest stories. This summer, try out one (or more) of our book groups - with more than 20 groups to choose from, there's truly something to suit every interest!

Like games? Show up a little early, or stay a little late, and get to know group members by playing our "What Say You" coaster game. How do you play? You use your words of course! Use words or motions to describe the book/movie/TV/music titles on the cards and see how many you can get others to correctly guess.

Browse upcoming meetings on our Library Groups page!

While you're here, get to know a little bit more about our book groups and check out what they'll be reading this summer.

Not sure which book group or type of books are the best fit for you? Start the summer by visiting our Birmingham Book Group as they host a Readers’ Workshop. Participate in fun activities that will help you understand your personal reading style and find more books you will love.

Love Fiction?

Fiction fans – join our Sylvania Book Group and start the summer with Alice McDermott’s (multiple) award-winning The Ninth Hour. The novel takes place in a Catholic and Irish section of Brooklyn and spans the twentieth century.

Speaking of Brooklyn, if you haven’t yet read the PBS Great American Read Top 100 pick, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith, now’s the time! Join our Holland Book Club and read this fan favorite.

If you’re looking to venture beyond the states, try a novel set in Europe with Women in Sunlight by Under the Tuscan Sun author Frances Mayes’ with our Waterville Bookenders or Paris by the Book by Liam Callanan with our Club 1085 at Mott!

And finally, if you teeter between fiction and nonfiction, try The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict with our Bay Chapter Book Discussion. Part biography, part fiction, it tells the tale of Einstein’s wife Mileva Maric, who was a brilliant physicist in her own right.

The Ninth Hour by Alice McDermott
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
Women in Sunlight by Frances Mayes
Paris by the Book by Liam Callanan
The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict

Love Nonfiction?

Think that truth is stranger than fiction? Our True Story Book Club at Reynolds Corners is perfect for you. This is a new book group focused on non-fiction of all sorts. True Story’s first book is Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson.

Several other book groups have chosen biographies and memoirs for their first summer books including Point Place Book Discussion and our Washington Branch Book Club both of which will read Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover. Additionally, our Waterville Book Discussion will read Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance and our West Toledo Book Group will read The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars by Dava Sobel.

From one end of nonfiction to another – Our Maumee Book Explorers will turn the nonfiction page toward personal health with their first summer read, Natural Causes: An Epidemic of Wellness, the Certainty of Dying, and Killing Ourselves to Live Longer by Barbara Ehrenreich.

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover
Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance
The Glass Universe by Dava Sobel
Natural Causes by Barbara Ehrenreich

Groups with Specific Book Types

Looking for a book club with plenty of murder, mystery and mayhem? Join our Booked for Murder group at Sanger. First on their list of mysterious summer reads is The Lady in Gold: the Extraordinary Tale of Gustav Klimt’s Masterpiece, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer by Anne-Marie O’Connor.

For those interested in the holistic healing and health movement, our Healing Justice Book Club at Heatherdowns will be a great fit. This group’s first summer read is Pleasure Activism: The Politics of Feeling Good edited by Adrienne Maree Brown.

Interested in women-centered books and discussing current events surrounding feminism and equality? Check out our Feminist Book Discussion at Sanger. Their first summer read is Women and Power: A Manifesto by Mary Beard.

For our sci-fi and fantasy fans, check out the West Toledo Science Fiction Book Club. This group will start their summer with All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders in June.

If summer has you singing “take me out to the ball game,” then our Baseball Book Club at Sanger is perfect for you! If you’re a slow reader (like me) or are too busy to tackle longer books, try out the Under 200 Club at Maumee. Like the name indicates, this group is dedicated to reading short books, beginning with The Pearl by John Steinbeck in June.

And finally, we’d be remiss not to mention our very popular Books on Tap groups, which meet at local breweries. Kent’s group meets at the Attic on Adams, Maumee’s group meets at Earnest Brew Works and Sylvania’s meets at Inside the Five.

The Lady in Gold by Anne-Marie O'Connor
Pleasure Activism: The Politics of Feeling Good
Women and Power by Mary Beard
All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders
The Pearl by John Steinbeck

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