Baldacci reading challenge!
Lots of readers across Dover responded to
the challenge: "If you like James Patterson try a David
Baldacci book". Comments included:
First Family - A pageturner. Very intriguing, totally
unpredictable and thought provoking. Will read more of this author
and recommend his books
Divine Justice - Great plotting! Yes, I would read another one
and recommend his books to friends
The Sixth Man - Just as exciting as Patterson. Not as gory -
The Camel Club - started disjointedly but slowly
characters developed and became real. Pace gradually built to an
ingenious end. Compares favourably with James Patterson and Lee
Child. Definitely recommend.
Review by Maidstone Carers Project Book
Members' opinions were divided on
Sisters of Fortune by Jehanne Wake saying: "Our history buffs
thought it was wonderful, absorbing and a joy to read. They
admired the writer’s success in combining the life stories of the
sisters with the important and significant dates,
developments, politics and leading characters of the 19th
century. Others felt there should have been a division
of character and history. All agreed it was well written
and an easier read than we expected for a historical
biography. The sisters were all clever, charming, cultured
and in one case, stunningly beautiful. We could all feel a TV
series coming on!"
Postling Book Club – ready readers!
The group had a good fun afternoon when they took part in the
Channel 4 money-saving programme, Super Scrimpers, helping to test
glasses which can be bought cheaply over the counter.
Members were filmed talking
animatedly about Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway in the house
in Postling where they held their first meeting 8 years ago. They
chatted to presenter, Harry Wallop, about the club, reading and the
kind of glasses they used.
Carol said: “Afterwards 3 of us were taken to Godmersham Park
where there is a school for opticians - a beautiful house so that
was another treat. We had a short eye test to ensure our glasses
were up to scratch for our needs. Then we had a short
interview as to whether we were still happy with the ready
readers we had. All in all, it took about 4.5 hours and Harry
reckons it will be a 3 minute slot of Superscrimpers - to be
shown in March. Excellent fun!”
Join an existing group in your area
Reading groups are a
great way of meeting people and sharing your views about books.
Recently there has been a real surge in their number nationally.
They generate exciting debates and may lead you to consider books
that you would never have imagined reading.
There are many reading groups in Kent for you to join and
most welcome new readers.
Ask our team or check out the reading group pages being developed
on our discussion forum. There are groups for
You can find many more
virtual readers groups, book clubs, book blogs and discussion
forums on the internet, depending on your area of interest or
How about starting a reading group?
In Kent we offer a
reading group card. This allows the group leader to reserve a set
of books and pick them up from their closest library. Have a look
Reading Group Charter leaflet (PDF 700k) which sets out our
commitment to reading groups and what you can expect from us. Some
libraries can act as venues, while other groups prefer to operate
from members' houses. There is no right or wrong way to do it, just
choose what suits you best.
film highlights some of the benefits of reading groups to
For information about setting up a reading group,
have a chat with a member of staff at your local library or
look at some of the following websites:
Reading Groups and Online Reservations
Great news! Customers can now reserve more than one copy of the
same book from our online catalogue. For each copy you will
need to place a separate reservation.
Some books are more popular than others and therefore you will
need to order them in advance to avoid disappointment for your