Here’s to a good winter’s read

Mary Pom ClaiborneOur Town Readers

If reading more is on your list of New Year’s resolutions, you’re not alone. The joy of reading a good book in winter is made all the better when you can discuss it with fellow bibliophiles. This month’s book clubs at the Knox County Public Library span genres:

January 8 at 6:30 in Lawson McGhee Library – All Over the Page book club discusses The Road by Cormac McCarthy. If you are new to McCarthy’s work or are a longtime fan, you’ll want to discuss his Pulitzer-prize winning post-apocalyptic novel featuring a father and his young son as they make their way through the ruins of a devastated American landscape. As McCarthy was raised mostly in Knoxville, many readers suspect at least one of the scenes is inspired by the local terrain. Nancy Williams, West High School librarian, will lead the discussion.

January 13 at 11a.m. in Norwood Branch Library – Cookbook ClubWhether you are a home chef or just enjoy exploring different cuisines, you can join other epicureans for a discussion of all things foodie. Bring a recipe to share with the group.

January 16 at 6 p.m. at Bearden Branch Library – Pop Culture Book Club. Want to stay up-to-date on blockbuster books? Few titles have dominated the best seller charts like Twilight by Stephanie Meyer. Jenna will lead the discussion on the popular title and what propels certain titles to such fame. Are the latest trendy titles really worth the hype?

January 18 at 1 p.m. at Cedar Bluff Branch Library – Cedar Bluff Book Circle is the perfect gathering for book lovers who want to talk about their favorite titles of late. Just come on down to share what you’re reading and pick up some suggestions from fellow readers.

January 22 at 6 p.m. at Bearden Branch Library – Evening Reads book club is perfect for busy adults trying to catch up on the best in literature. Join us as we wind down our day and catch up on a good book. Our January selection is Life After Life by Kate Atkinson.

If you aren’t able to join us for a book discussion but want help finding another good read, our catalog is full of suggestions. You can also use Novelist Plus to discover your next book.

Curious about the most popular books checked out from the library in 2023? It’s no mystery that mystery popular! Here’s the top ten:

  1. The Boys from Biloxi by John Grisham
  2. Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus
  3. Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver
  4. Desert star by Michael Connelly
  5. Simply Lies by David Baldacci
  6. The House of Wolves by James Patterson
  7. No Plan B: a Jack Reacher novel by Lee Child
  8. Triple Cross by James Patterson
  9. Verity by Colleen Hoover
  10. The 6:20 Man by David Baldacci

Mary Pom Claiborne is assistant director for marketing, communications and development for Knox County Public Library


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