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A Summer Reading Selection from Calibre’s Editorial and Production Team

National Reading Group Day 2018

15 June 2018

National Reading Group Day takes place on Saturday 16th June in celebration of reading groups and the positive effect that these groups have on their members. Libraries and booksellers across the country will be running events, displays and sessions on running and starting a reading group. The benefits of being part of a reading group have been widely discussed including social interaction and sharing the love of books and reading.

Calibre supports over 60 reading groups many of whom are based in public libraries. Our service enables groups to borrow multiple digital copies of the same book on audio so that everyone can enjoy the book and discuss it together. Groups can choose from a list of titles in the designated reading group collection including best sellers, classic novels, modern fiction and popular non-fiction covering a wide range of reading tastes. There is a yearly subscription fee for this service which is £15 per member/copy required excluding VAT (£18 including VAT).

We also offer a three months free trial for all new groups to help while the groups are being established and to make sure that the service works for the group.

To take advantage of Calibre’s book group service or to find out more information on how we can help then visit our website at contact Emma Scott at Calibre Audio Library by phone on 01296 432 339 or send an e-mail to

National Reading Group Day is run by The Reading Agency, in partnership with the Booksellers Association. Every year they ask reading groups to select their favourite books on a theme so that they can compile a list and this year they are asking for books that made you laugh or cry. Keeping in the spirit of that theme we canvassed the staff at Calibre to find out what books did this for them. Here are the books they put forward, all of which can be borrowed from Calibre’s library:

Denise - A Spot of Bother by Mark Haddon - 007738

In this unlikely comedy George, newly retired, is distracted from his plans to build a garden shed and listen to jazz by family shenanigans surrounding the remarriage of his daughter. At the same time he finds a strange lesion on his hip and slowly starts to descend into a mental breakdown. Funny, poignant, sad – this novel has it all.

Carol B - Born Bad – by Josephine Cox -   009395

This book made me sad because it was a rollercoaster of emotions from beginning to the end. Full of tragedy, love and romance. And, an ending I never expected!

Jane – Ice by Ulla-Lena Lundberg - 012283

I thoroughly enjoyed this book although it made me cry. The zest for life from the young pastor and his wife and child who arrive on an island off the coast of Finland is wonderful. The Islanders welcome them warmly. The story follows the daily life of this family and the seasons of the island, extreme in most cases. It is a very heart-rending read.

Julie – The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom – 012083

I picked this up as something different to what I would normally read. It’s a short(ish) book which is quite simple in its writing but is spot on with pinpointing the smallest of emotions. I was reading it at lunchtimes at work and got to a sad part and found to my embarrassment that I started to cry! It was just so moving without being dramatic or gushing. After finishing that I instantly went and bought another Mitch Albom book which is waiting to be read at home this time (just in case).

Janet – The Inimitable Jeeves by PG Wodehouse – Vol 1 (009763), Vol 2 (009764)

I have loved the writings of PG Wodehouse for as far back as I can remember, and his sublime humour that never wears thin. In ‘ The Inimitable Jeeves’ Volume 1 and Volume 2, I find myself laughing out loud repeatedly at the lovable characters and hilarious situations and find his stories a great read if you are looking to escape the stresses of day to day life.

Terry – One Day by David Nicholls - 008986

The book follows the lives of the two main characters in the novel who first meet romantically on the 15th July 1988 and then go their separate ways. We then catch up with them on the same day of each subsequent year and we find out what has been happening in their lives. The reason I liked the book is that the characters are endearingly drawn, and their antics make you laugh out loud most of the time, but at other times it can be quite moving as they deal with the highs and lows of life.  

Carol H – The Tea Rose by Jennifer Donnelly - 008317

I was completely immersed in this book and unaware of my surroundings while I read it.  It’s the first of a trilogy, starting in the East End of London in 1888.  On a train I once asked the woman next to me if she was ok as she’d been crying.  She was fine; it was the book she’d just finished reading.  I had never had that happen to me until this book!  The characters feel so real. I highly recommend this. 

Emma – A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman - 011564

This book made me laugh and cry. A book rich in characters which puts the faith back into community and demonstrates the effect others can have on your life if you let them in.

And other titles in the library to make you…..


The Trouble With Goats And Sheep by Joanna Cannon     011694

A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson          005032

My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell    009728

Man and Boy by Tony Parsons    005930

High Fidelity also by Nick Hornby    004502

The Magic Finger by Roald Dahl      616891

Three Things About Elsie by Joanna Cannon   (Coming Soon)


A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki      009801

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead       011898

We Are all Made of Stars by Rowan Coleman      012345

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne        616927