Book Clubs

Did your New Year resolutions (or goals, or intentions) include something about reading more? Or maybe you would like to talk about what you are reading – you’d like to know if anyone else thought a book was as good (or bad) as you did? If so, it’s time to look into Book Clubs.

There are a lot of Book Clubs out there, so you can probably find one to suit – or you could start your own (more on that later). I will discuss a few here, but this is certainly not an exhaustive list. Feel free to tell us about your club in the comments!

There are virtual book clubs – which is a solution to the ‘no time for meetings’ problem. These clubs live online so you can pop in whenever you have time – you can read the current book or you can look at past selections to find other books to try. The Mercer County Library System hosts its own virtual book club on Facebook.

The best known of the celebrity clubs is Oprah’s Book Club. Reese Witherspoon has also been hosting one for some time now. Belletrist lives on Instagram and was founded by Emma Roberts. The nice thing about these clubs is that they frequently provide video interviews with the author and other interesting materials.

There are many more out there – search your preferred platform for online book clubs and see what you find. There are also sites like Goodreads that, while not officially a book club, can certainly fill that space for you.

Oprah’s Book Club
January title: Olive, Again by Elizabeth Strout
Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine Book Club
January title: Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid
Belletrist -- Emma Roberts and Karah Preiss
Creatures by Chrissy van Meter
MCLS Tuesday Book Club on Facebook
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng


The Mercer County Library System has a number of Book Clubs (no doubt I have missed one or two in this list).  Please note that the highlighted titles may not be the current selection by the time you read this! Be sure to check the Events listing on our web page for all the up-to-date details.


Bucket Book Club: The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Morning Book Club: Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver

Hickory Corner:
Nonfiction Book Club
Mystery Book Club

West Windsor:
Science Fiction Book Club: All Systems Red by Martha Wells
Friday Morning Bookies: Normal People by Sally Rooney

Senior Book Club: Hillbilly Elegy by J. D. Vance
Gardening Book Club: Miss Jane by Brad Watson

Sports Book Club

Better Read Book Club

But perhaps you already have a book club or want to set one up – of course the library has ways to help!

One of the big problems of a book club is getting everyone the books to read – we have two ways to assist you:

Book Club in a Bag is a program that allows you to check out a bag full (6 to 8 copies) of a title to share with your group. You get an extra-long checkout, can reserve titles up to a year in advance, and each bag comes with discussion questions.

hoopla Book Club Hub is part of the hoopla e-book platform. In addition to everyone being able to check out their own copy of the book (either as an e-book or audio book) they also have discussion questions and other materials to support your group.

And to start your own Book Club from scratch – check out this article from NPR for tips!

- By Meg, West Windsor Branch