DIY Book Club

Discover monthly book recommendations for adults, teens, and children. Scroll down or jump to each section for descriptions, page counts, subject and reading level information, teaching & discussion guides, as well as links to check out titles for use in your own DIY Book Club. You can instantly borrow digital copies through Hoopla

Adult Fiction | Adult Non-fiction | YA Books | Children Books | Past Materials

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Adult Fiction

Find monthly adult fiction titles that our librarians recommend for discussion:

 

The Winter RoseThe Winter Rose

Jennifer Donnelly

When India Selwyn Jones, a young woman from a noble family, graduates from the London School of Medicine for Women in 1900, her professors advise her to set up her practice in London’s esteemed Harley Street. Driven and idealistic, India chooses to work in the city’s East End instead, serving the desperately poor.
 
Subjects: Women physicians, Docklands, Great Britain
Page count: 707
 
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The Hating GameThe Hating Game

Sally Thorne

For Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman, executive assistants to the CEOs of newly merged Bexley-Gamin Publishing, it’s hate-at-first-sight. So begins a series of daily passive-aggressive maneuvers, including the staring game, the mirror game, and the HR game, each played with the intensity of the Hunger Games.

Subjects: Man-woman relationships, Competition, Publishers and publishing
Page count: 374
 
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Adult Non-fiction

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Heroes: The Greek Myths ReimaginedHeroes: The Greek Myths Reimagined

Stephen Fry

Stephen Fry moves from the exploits of the Olympian gods to the deeds of mortal heroes. Rediscover the thrills, grandeur, and unabashed fun of the Greek myths.

Subjects: Mythology, Legends, Greece
Page count: 368

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The Anthropocene ReviewedThe Anthropocene Reviewed

John Green

The Anthropocene is the current geological age, in which human activity has profoundly shaped the planet and its biodiversity. In this remarkable symphony of essays adapted and expanded from his groundbreaking podcast, John Green reviews different facets of the human-centered planet.

Subjects: Culture, Science, Essays
Page count: 293

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YA Books

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FurybornFuryborn

Claire Legrand

When assassins ambush her best friend, Rielle Dardenne risks everything to save him, exposing herself as one of a pair of prophesied queens: a queen of light, and a queen of blood. To prove she is the Sun Queen, Rielle must endure seven elemental magic trials. If she fails, she will be executed…unless the trials kill her first.

Subjects: Magic, Prophecies, Quests
Page count: 501

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Three Dark CrownsThree Dark Crowns

Kendare Blake

Every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it.

Subjects: Magic, Sisters, Queens
Page Count: 398

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Children Books

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Baseball Saved UsBaseball Saved Us

Ken Mochizuki

A Japanese American boy learns to play baseball when he and his family are forced to live in an internment camp during World War II, and his ability to play helps him after the war is over.

Page count: 30
Lexile: 550
AR: 3.9

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I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic, 1912I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic, 1912

Lauren Tarshis

Excited to board the Titanic with his aunt and little sister, ten-year-old George begins to explore the ill-fated ship’s first-class storage cabin when the ship is rocked by a collision with an iceberg and begins to sink.

Page count: 96
Lexile: 590
AR: 3.9

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My Brother Sam Is DeadMy Brother Sam Is Dead

James Lincoln Collier

Recounts the tragedy that strikes the Meeker family during the Revolution when one son joins the rebel forces while the rest of the family tries to stay neutral in a Tory town.

Page count: 240
Lexile: Unavailable
AR: 4.9

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