Anyone who knows me knows I love to read.  I primarily read non-fiction but I also read mysteries.  And on occasion, regular fiction.  This is why I am very excited about the fact that the South Plainfield Public Library now has a number of different book discussion groups.  For while reading is enjoyable by itself, discussing what you read can make it even more so.  And we have tried to set the times of the book discussion groups so that both working and non-working patrons can participate.


            In the afternoon we have two book groups.  On the third Tuesday of each month our Technical Services librarian Miss Eve has a group that meets at 4PM.  Books they have read this year range from Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker to Cutting for Stone.  This month on Tuesday November 19th we will be discussing The Book Thief (which debuted in the movies this weekend), an award winning book about a young girl living in Nazi Germany in the period 1939-1944.  Then next month we will be reading Serena, a novel set in the mountains of North Carolina dealing with family relationships.

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            Once a month on a Wednesday we have a meeting of the Mystery Book Club.  As the title states we only read mysteries and began the year with a visit from a New Jersey author, Lea Wait, whose first books are set here in Somerset County.  Over the next few months we will read a variety of books from popular authors to less well known writers who write in sub-genres such as archaeology, politics, and even Iceland.

            Our Thursday night book discussion group reads a wide variety of books and authors.  We started with Juliet, a modern retelling of the story of Romeo and Juliet bringing it up to the modern era.  We are reading Jeanette Wall’s book this month, Half-Broke Horses, a fictionalized account of the life of her grandmother.  Most know Walls from her memoir The Glass Castle and this time the story goes back another generation.   Later on this year we will read a variety of stories by Hilary Mantel, Amy Tan, etc. We meet at 7PM on a Thursday night (usually either the third or fourth depending on the holidays).

            Recapping the Library sponsors three book discussion groups.  One meets on the third Tuesday of the month, one on approximately the third Wednesday of the month (both at 4PM) and one on the third or fourth Thursday of the month at 7PM.  Everyone is invited to come and we try to have enough copies of that month’s book available at least four weeks prior to the meeting.