Monthly Book Discussions

First Thursday Book Discussion

At the Columbia Public Library at noon on the first Thursday of each month.

  • November 2018: “Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore” by Robin Sloan
    When Clay Jannon takes a job at Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, he quickly learns that something out of the ordinary is afoot.
  • December 2018: “Book Scavenger” by Jennifer Bertman
    In this middle-grade novel, 12-year-old Emily moves to San Francisco where joins forces with new friend James to follow clues in an odd book they find, hoping to figure out its secrets before her hero’s attackers do.
  • January 2019: “Homegoing” by Yaa Gyasi
    This novel follows the descendants of two half-sisters, unknown to each other, born into two different tribal villages in 18th century Ghana. Effia will be married off to an English colonial to live in comfort in the Cape Coast Castle, while her sister, Esi, will be imprisoned in that same castle’s dungeon, bound to be sold into slavery in America.
  • February 2019: “Grit” by Angela Duckworth
    In this self-help book, Duckworth explores what it takes to succeed, recounting her own experiences and professional studies that led to her hypothesis that success is determined by a blend of passion and perseverance.

First Wednesday Book Discussion
Note that in 2019, Fulton book discussions will be moving to the first Thursday of each month.

At the Callaway County Public Library at noon on the first Wednesday of each month.

  • November 2018: “Swing Time” by Zadie Smith
    Two brown girls dream of being dancers. One is talented and the other is a dreamer. This close but complicated childhood friendship ends abruptly but is never quite forgotten.
  • December 2018: “Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics: A 10% Happier How-to Book” by Dan Harris.
  • January 2019 (Meeting changes to first Thursday – January 3): “Clock Dance” by Anne Tyler
    This novel centers around the everyday life of a woman who decides that it’s never too late to change direction and choose your own path.
  • February 2019 (Meeting changes to first Thursday – February 7: “Alternate Side” by Anna Quindlen
    This novel follwos an empty nester whose comfortable lifestyle is abruptly shaken by a violent act in her neighborhood.

Pick-Your-Own Book Club

At the Southern Boone County Public Library on the fourth Tuesday of each month.  We pick a theme, and you choose a book that’s related. Pick any fiction or nonfiction title to read, and then come discuss it with the group.

  • November 2018 theme: “our proud history” (in honor of Veterans Day)
  • No meeting in December
  • January 2019 theme: “Baby, it’s cold outside”
  • February 2019 theme: short stories