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A history of the Reading Room with reviews and recommendations for the last few years.

Dedicating time to attend a book group can be difficult – The Reading Room is an online book club that gives book-lovers the freedom to stop by and join in discussions in your free time. 

The Reading Room is available to join on Facebook , where you can escape to find detailed book reviews, suggestions, meet new people and even take part in monthly competitions. 

  • Stop by and join discussions with fellow members 
  • Read book reviews and make reccommendations
  • Take part in monthly competitions
  • Share your book wishlists

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Book of the Month

Each month members have the opportunity to vote for the next book of the month take a look at the previous months for a short synopsis, information about the author and member reviews....

2017 Books

December 2017

Set on the beautiful island of Islay, The Christmas Secret is a gripping story filled with emotion from Karen Swan, author of Christmas Under the Stars. Alex Hyde is the leaders’ leader. An executive coach par excellence, she’s the person the Great and the Good turn to when the pressure gets too much; she can change the way they think, how they operate, she can turn around the very fortunes of their companies.


November 2017

Ruby Lennox was conceived grudgingly by Bunty and born while her father, George, was in the Dog and Hare in Doncaster telling a woman in an emerald dress and a D-cup that he wasn't married. Bunty had never wanted to marry George, but here she was, stuck in a flat above the pet shop in an ancient street beneath York Minster, with sensible and sardonic Patricia, aged five, greedy cross-patch Gillian who refused to be ignored, and Ruby...



October 2017


Libby Day was just seven years old when her older brother massacred her family while she hid in a cupboard. Her evidence helped put him away. Ever since then she has been drifting, surviving for over 20 years on the proceeds of the 'Libby Day fund'. But now the money is running out and Libby is desperate. When she is offered $500 to do a guest appearance, she feels she has to accept. But this is no ordinary gathering. The Kill Club is a group of true-crime obsessives who share information on notorious murders, and they think her brother Ben is innocent.

September 2017


Offred lives in The Republic of Gilead, to some a utopian vision of the future, a place of safety, a place where everyone has a purpose, a function. But The Republic of Gilead offers Offred only one function: to breed. If she deviates, she will, like dissenters, be hanged at the wall or sent out to die slowly of radiation sickness. But even a repressive state cannot obliterate desire - neither Offred's nor that of the two men on which her future hangs.

August 2017


Allie Fox is going to re-create the world. Abominating the cops, crooks, junkies and scavengers of modern America, he abandons civilisation and takes the family to live in the Honduran jungle. There his tortured, messianic genius keeps them alive, his hoarse tirades harrying them through a diseased and dirty Eden towards unimaginable darkness.

July 2017 


Born a generation apart and with very different ideas about love and family, Mariam and Laila are two women brought jarringly together by war, loss and fate. As they endure the ever-escalating dangers around them-in their home, as well as in the streets of Kabul, they come to form a bond that makes them both sisters and mother-daughter to each other, and that will ultimately alter the course not just of their own lives but of the next generation.

June 2017


On a hot July day in 1967, Odelle Bastien climbs the stone steps of the Skelton gallery in London, knowing that her life is about to change forever. Having struggled to find her place in the city since she arrived from Trinidad five years ago, she has been offered a job as a typist under the tutelage of the glamorous and enigmatic Marjorie Quick. But though Quick takes Odelle into her confidence, and unlocks a potential she didn't know she had, she remains a mystery – no more so than when a lost masterpiece with a secret history is delivered to the gallery.

May 2017


On the brink of a life-changing decision, Alexis Fielding longs to find out about her mother's past. But Sofia has never spoken of it. All she admits to is growing up in a small Cretan village before moving to London. When Alexis decides to visit Crete, however, Sofia gives her daughter a letter to take to an old friend, and promises that through her she will learn more.

April 2017

The Keeper of Lost Things


Anthony Peardew has spent half his life collecting lost objects, trying to atone for a promise broken many years before. Realising he is running out of time, he leaves his house and all its lost treasures to his assistant Laura, the one person he can trust to fulfil his legacy and reunite the thousands of objects with their rightful owners. But the final wishes of the 'Keeper of Lost Things' have unforeseen repercussions which trigger a most serendipitous series of encounters...

March 2017 


Before everything changed, Hannah Rosenthal lived a charmed life. But now the streets of Berlin are draped in swastikas and Hannah is no longer welcome in the places she once considered home. A glimmer of hope appears in the shape of the St Louis, a transatlantic liner that promises Jews safe passage to Cuba. The Rosenthals sell everything they have to fund visas and tickets. At first the liner feels like luxury, but as they travel the circumstances of war change, and it soon becomes their prison..

February 2017


After four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia and takes a job as the lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, nearly half a day’s journey from the coast. To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes once a season and shore leaves are granted every other year at best, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel. Years later, after two miscarriages and one stillbirth, the grieving Isabel hears a baby’s cries on the wind. A boat has washed up onshore carrying a dead man and a living baby.

January 2017


She used to work for the US government, but very few people ever knew that. An expert in her field, she was one of the darkest secrets of an agency so covert it doesn’t even have a name. And when they decided she was a liability, they came for her without warning. Now she rarely stays in the same place or uses the same name for long. They’ve killed the only other person she trusted, but something she knows still poses a threat. They want her dead, and soon. But then her former handler offers her a way out...

2016 Books






December 2016  Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult 

November 2016 - The Lie by Helen Dunmore 

October 2016 - Before I Go To Sleep by S J Watson's 

September 2016 -  After You by Jojo Moyes







August 2016 - The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows

July 2016 - And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini

June 2016 -  Coffin Road by Peter May 

May 2016 -  Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey








April 2016 - At The Edge of the Orchard by Tracy Chevalier

March 2016 - The Girl in the Red Coat  byKate Hamer

February 2016 - The Tea Planter's Wife by Dinah Jefferies

January 2016 - The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

2015 Books

Selection of Book of the Month's







December 2015 - The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

November 2015 - According to Yes by Dawn French

October 2015 - The Hundred Year Old Man... by Jonas Jonasson

September 2015 - The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters

Book of the Month Cover Selection







August 2015 - The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

July 2015 - A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson

June 2015 - The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Selection of Book Cover for Book of the Month






April/May 2015 - Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Feb/March 2015 - The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce

Jan/Feb 2015 - The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt


A great way to decide whether you like the sound of a book, check out our member reviews!

Book of the Month Reviews

Click on the image of the book to see read the review on what our members thought...

2016 'Book of the Month' Reviews

2015 'Book of the Month' Reviews

Thank you to all members for taking the time to let us know your views.

General Book Reviews

General Reviews submitted by way of recommendation:-

A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry - reviewed by Vivian Melder

Godfreys Ghost, From Father to Son by Nicola Ridley - reviewed by Moira Grant

Mao's Last Dancer by Li Cunxin - reviewed by Pauline Medhurst

Thank you to all members for taking the time to let us know your views on some of your latest reads!


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