If checkout statistics are any indication, book groups are thriving in our community. In churches and senior living centers and private homes, groups of readers get together to discuss books. (Snacking is also involved!) Even during the pandemic these groups stayed together, meeting via conference call if they had to.
Reading is a solitary endeavor, but a book group turns it into a social activity. To help support the book groups in our community, the library has a collection of book group sets. With roughly 175 titles to choose from, there is something for any book group to check out: literary fiction, mysteries, historical fiction, memoir, science fiction, romance. Young adult books, classic novels, even an illustrated edition of Frankenstein.
Everything You Need to Know About Library Book Group Sets
If you belong to a book group, or are thinking of starting one, here’s what you need to know about the book group collection:
- Each set contains twelve books and a discussion guide.
- Sets check out for six weeks instead of the usual three, to accommodate your meeting schedule.
- The book sets are checked out at the general reference desk in the library’s south wing.
- You can see the list of the book group set titles here.
- You can reserve titles up to six months in advance using the reservation calendar.
If you have questions about book group sets, the general reference librarians are here to answer them.
New Book Group Sets
Orem librarians are consistently adding new and popular titles to the book group collection. If your book group is looking for a new title to read, look below for a list of the newest additions to the Orem Library book group collection.
The Bookish Life of Nina Hill
By Abbi Waxman
Nina Hill’s life may not seem like much, but for a person battling anxiety, it’s more than enough. She enjoys her job at a bookstore and her small circle of friends. Until a visit from a lawyer changes everything… The father that Nina never knew existed has died, leaving behind an enormous extended family. If that’s not enough, Nina’s talent for worrying is taking the thrill out of falling in love. Tom, a fellow trivia nerd. Everything is moving too fast for Nina. Caught in a whirlwind of new people, emotions and experiences, she feels the need to protect herself. But maybe opening her world–and her heart–is a risk worth taking.
The Brilliant Life of Eudora Honeysett
By Annie Lyons
Wanting to organize an assisted death on her own terms, world-weary octogenarian Eudora Honeysett forges an unexpected bond with exuberant ten-year-old Rose, who drags her to tea parties, shopping sprees, and other social excursions.
By Charlotte McConaghy
Franny Stone has always been a wanderer. By following the ocean’s tides and the birds that soar above, she can forget the losses that have haunted her life. She arrives in remote Greenland with one purpose: to find the world’s last flock of Arctic terns and follow them on their final migration. She convinces Ennis Malone, captain of the Saghani, to take her onboard, winning over his salty, eccentric crew. As the Saghani fights its way south, Franny’s new shipmates begin to realize that the beguiling scientist in their midst is not who she seems. Franny is full of dark secrets. When the story of her past begins to unspool, Ennis and his crew must ask themselves what Franny is really running toward-and running from.
Tell the Wolves I’m Home
By Carol Rifka Brunt
It is 1987, and only one person has ever truly understood fourteen-year-old June Elbus is her uncle, the renowned painter Finn Weiss. Shy at school and distant from her older sister, June can only be herself in Finn’s company. So when he dies, far too young, June’s world is turned upside down. But Finn’s death brings a surprise acquaintance into June’s life.
Written by Amy, Assistant Librarian