Library reopening 29 May 2020

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Get deep into discussion at your next book group with these handpicked reads from our expert librarians. This list covers our favourite titles for book groups and since they are our top picks, we have many copies and formats available.

We have brilliant Australian literary titles such as Burial ritesThe chemistry of tears and The choke or try standout titles like Richard Flanagan's Man Booker Prize winner The narrow road to the deep north or Pulitzer Prize winner Geraldine Brooks with Year of wonders and The secret chord.

Dissect movie adaptations The helpThe light between oceansThe dressmaker, The book thief or smash hit TV series The handmaid's tale and Big little lies.

Love a true story? Reckoning: a memoir by Madga Szubanski or Hillbilly elegy by J. D. Vance should help start some conversations. 

Join a book group

Want to join a book group? We have library book groups you can join to discuss fascinating reads. 

  • Book Group Hawthorn Library Second Wednesday of the month
  • Book Group Kew Library Fourth Wednesday of the month

Book group kit for loan

Your book group can also borrow kits of 12 regular print copies (plus 2 large print and 2 talking book copies where possible). 

Find out more about Book Group Kits.

Recommended reads for book groups



Reserve a book on our list

To reserve a book, click the title and use your membership number and PIN to place a reservation.

Titles with an asterisk (*) are also available from our eBook collection.

More recommended reading

To view booklists on a variety of subjects, visit Booklists from our librarians.