Themed Book Groups
Williamsburg Regional Library staff lead three monthly book groups. Here's how to participate:
Choose any book that reflects the topic of the month. It can be fiction or nonfiction, adult or young adult.
Briefly introduce yourself and make sure you state the title and author of the book that you read.
Plan to discuss your book for about three minutes.
Don't talk about all the details of the plot; just tell us enough to understand the basic setup.
Some things to think about:
What did you like about the book? Was there something you disliked? What kind of reader might also like it?
What did you think the book’s strengths were – for example, language, characters, setting?
What were its weaknesses?
Did you like the book enough to read more by the same author?
Don't give away the end of the book or the specifics of major plot twists.
Contemporary Fiction group
2nd Mondays, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m., Stryker Center (Williamsburg Library)
Join a discussion about modern authors and fiction published between 1990 and today. We'll be talking about these themes:
- June 13 - Family (any title that deals with family relationships and dynamics)
- July 11 - Best Books, 2013 - 2015 (prize-winning or best-reviewed fiction)
Crime and Mystery group
3rd Wednesdays, 2-3 p.m., at the Williamsburg Library
- Culinary Mysteries (May 18)
- Spencer Quinn—Dog on it (Chet and Bernie series)
- David Rosenfelt – Open and Shut (Andy Carpenter series)
- Alex Kava – Breaking Creed (Ryder Creed series)
- Tracy Weber – Murder Strikes a Pose (Downward Dog series)
- Lyndon Stacey – No Going Back (Daniel Whelan series)
- Laurien Berenson – A Pedigree to Die For (Melanie Travis series)
- Waverly Curtis – Dial C for Chihuahua (Barking Detective series)
- Kathleen Delaney – Purebred Dead (Mary McGill & Millie series)
- Diane Kelly-- Paw Enforcement (Paw Enforcement series)
- Some nonfiction titles
- Bloodhound in Blue, Adam David Russ, 363.289 RUS
- War Dogs, Rebecca Frankel, 355.424 FRA
- Sergeant Rex, Mike Dowling, 956.7044 DOW
- World War II (June 20)
Previous themes and sample titles:
Mysteries Through the Ages
Sample Fiction Series
- Rennie Airth’s John Madden series—World War II
- Albert A. Bell’s Pliny the Younger—1st century Rome
- Ellis Peters’ Brother Cadfael—12th century Britain
- Charles Todd’s Ian Rutledge-post World War I
- Bruce Alexander’s Sir John Fielding—18th c. London
- Sample Nonfiction and Biography Titles
- The Great Pretenders 001.95 BON
- Who Murdered Chaucer?821 JON
- They All Love Jack 364.1523 ROB
- Mysteries in Unexpected Places
History & Biography group
Participants can read any Fiction or Nonfiction title about times past. During the discussion, everyone will be invited to share a brief review of their selection.
Thursday, May 26, 7-8 p.m., James City County Library
Beginning in June, the History and Biography discussion group will move to the 3rd Tuesdays, 2-3 p.m., James City County Library
- June 21
- July 19
- August 16
Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Club
3rd Tuesdays, 7-9 p.m., at the James City County Library
Participants discuss themes and specific books in the realm of speculative fiction. Here's a list of 2016's upcoming themes. Group members read books in the chosen theme, and volunteer leaders talk about the highlights and characteristics of that theme.
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Please contact Readers' Services Librarian Andrew Smith at 259.4050 for more information.