Cricklereaders Book Group

Cricklereaders book group is a reading group for adults (aged 16+) which meets every six weeks at the library, to discuss books chosen by the group.

The group is currently accepting new members, so please use the JOIN button below to express an interest and find out more.

We still have room for a few more members – do get in touch if you’d like to join!

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Currently Reading

Things We Lost to the Water

By Eric Nguyen

“Nguyen’s narrative strikes a very elusive balance: vast in scale and ambition, while luscious and inviting — enchanting, really — in its intimacy.”
—Bryan Washington, The New York Times Book Review

“Eric Nguyen’s masterful debut novel Things We Lost to the Water is a deeply engaging, heart-rending look at a family of Vietnamese refugees struggling to survive and how the choices they make as individuals have ripple effects on each other.”
—Suzanne Van Atten, Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“Things We Lost to the Water introduces an exquisite new voice in author Eric Nguyen; his debut novel is a luminous, balletic portrayal of an immigrant Vietnamese family in the US . . . Nguyen navigates their multiple perspectives with dexterity and emotional clarity, aching but never maudlin. I loved every page.”
—Arianna Rebolini, BuzzFeed

“Powerfully written . . . This is a compelling and poignant debut novel . . . Achingly beautiful . . . A highly recommended read!”
—Helen Vernier, San Francisco Book Review

Calendar of Meetings

The group meets every six weeks at the library. To find out when the next meeting is, view the library events calendar.

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Previous Reads

Booker Prize 2022 Longlist Announced

Booker Prize 2022 Longlist Announced

The 2022 Booker Prize longlist has been announced. I wonder which of them, if any, will make it onto the Cricklereaders reading list? I'm personally delighted to see that Alan Garner has made it into the list. One of my favourite authors from childhood, The Weirdstone...

Library Open Day

Library Open Day

We've been open a while, so we think we've got the hang of this now. With this in mind, we're running an Open Day this Friday 3 June, where we'll be showcasing lots of different activities that are on offer at the library. All of them will be ABSOLUTELY FREE to take...

Previous reads

The Review Copies Have Arrived!

So exciting! The ten review copies of Hope Nicely's Lessons for Life have arrived from The Reading Agency! I thought it would be nice to kick off the book group with a book you might not normally read, and it's a bonus that it's free! The publisher asks for reviews...

Cricklereaders Inaugural Meeting

If you'd like to find out more about the Cricklereaders book group and join the first Zoom meeting, do get in touch. It will be some time this coming weekend (either Saturday 13th or Sunday 14th - we're still working out which day is best for most people. At this...

Currently Reading

Things We Lost to the Water

By Eric Nguyen

“Nguyen’s narrative strikes a very elusive balance: vast in scale and ambition, while luscious and inviting — enchanting, really — in its intimacy.”
—Bryan Washington, The New York Times Book Review

“Eric Nguyen’s masterful debut novel Things We Lost to the Water is a deeply engaging, heart-rending look at a family of Vietnamese refugees struggling to survive and how the choices they make as individuals have ripple effects on each other.”
—Suzanne Van Atten, Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“Things We Lost to the Water introduces an exquisite new voice in author Eric Nguyen; his debut novel is a luminous, balletic portrayal of an immigrant Vietnamese family in the US . . . Nguyen navigates their multiple perspectives with dexterity and emotional clarity, aching but never maudlin. I loved every page.”
—Arianna Rebolini, BuzzFeed

“Powerfully written . . . This is a compelling and poignant debut novel . . . Achingly beautiful . . . A highly recommended read!”
—Helen Vernier, San Francisco Book Review

Recent Reads

Say, Cheese

By Jane Shaw

Fantasy

Divi Builder

By Sal Brock

Fiction

RGB

Bradly Maynor

Biography

To Infinity

By Ana Pachket

Fantasy

What do our group members say about Cricklereaders?

Here’s what founding member Irene has to say.

Expand your reading horizons

How nice to be able to hold a book club in the library where we are surrounded by books.  Cricklereaders is a wonderful opportunity for neighbours to meet up who meet through a joint passion over books who may not have met up otherwise.
 
Each person tends to have in mind several suggestions of books, some that they have read and others that they may want to read.  Virtually all the books we have read have proved to be very interesting and have provided us with some interesting discussions.  I have been a member of Cricklereaders since its inception.  I really enjoy and appreciate that we can now meet face to face locally

Information Sessions

Email cricklereaders@cricklewoodlibrary.org.uk to find out how it works.

Meeting Calendar

9 May

20 June

1 August

12 September

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