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This guide will help you start or join a book club. You are also invited to join the Library's English Fiction Book Club, which meets on the last Wednesday of the month from 5 to 7 PM at the Library. See the Library's events page for more information. 

Scroll to the bottom of this page for a complete list of book club titles available at the Library. We've listed some of our favorites on the right.

Starting a Book Club

Book clubs are a great way to meet new people, discover books you may not otherwise read and, of course, have fun! Here are some tips on how to get your new book club started.

WHO?  Book clubs typically have 8 to 10 members. If you’re worried your club might get too big, consider setting a membership limit or creating criteria for new members.

WHAT? Choosing a theme for your club will help you choose books and attract interested members. For example, some clubs may read only nonfiction books, while others may read only mysteries, books by female authors or books from a particular region.

WHERE? Many book groups meet at one member’s home each month, with the host providing small snacks or refreshments. For new groups, it may be more comfortable for people to meet in a public place, such as the Library or a café.

WHEN? Establish a regular meeting time to help members remember and plan ahead. Decide how often you’ll meet, and if you’ll meet during the summer and over holidays.

HOW? The books you read are the heart of the club, so it’s important to make thoughtful selections and give members a chance to help choose. Some book clubs select titles far in advance, while others select from month-to-month. One approach is to give one person each month the opportunity to submit three book choices; the rest of the members then vote for one of the three titles.

Once your book club is up and running, keep the momentum going and keep people coming back by ensuring everyone has a good time and feels like they’re able to contribute.

PLAN Read the book, do some research on the topics and/or author, and come prepared with questions that will generate discussion. Consider establishing a rough meeting outline to allow for socializing, discussion and planning future meetings without getting off-track.

BE FLEXIBLE People come to book clubs for different reasons—some may enjoy socializing, while others may want to focus on discussing and analyzing the book. Most book clubs have a relaxed environment, but if the book becomes an afterthought, consider scheduling social time before you start your discussion.

ENCOURAGE Not everyone is comfortable speaking in front of a group. Encourage everyone to participate, and emphasize that there are no right or wrong opinions. Also, people will feel reluctant to come if they haven’t finished the book. Urge them to attend and discuss the parts of the book they did read.

DISCUSS Welcome attendees and allow new members to introduce themselves. Let the conversation proceed naturally, but keep in mind that as the leader, your role is to keep the discussion running smoothly.

CHECK IN If people aren’t enjoying the club, they’re most likely not going to complain—they’ll just stop coming. Talk to members one-on-one periodically to see if they have any suggestions.

Leading a Book Discussion

As the leader of your book club, you’ll often be leading the discussion and ensuring everyone has fun and is able to participate. Here are some common challenges and suggestions for how to handle them:

If one person is dominating the conversation Redirect the conversation by thanking the person for their perspective and ask if anyone else would like to comment. You can also introduce a new topic yourself to encourage others to share their thoughts.

If members keep talking over each other … Bring an object to pass around the room—only the person holding the object gets to speak. If one person is holding the object too long, change the object to a timer and give each person a set amount of time.

If shy or quiet members don’t get to participate … If you can tell that someone wants to speak, invite them to comment. One way to guarantee everyone has a chance to speak is to allocate time at the end of every meeting for each person to share their final thoughts.

If the discussion becomes heated … Though there’s nothing wrong with members having different opinions, remind everyone that there is no right—or wrong—answer.

If the discussion becomes emotional … Controversial books can make for great club choices because they often spark lively discussions. However, topics that are too sensitive may cause your members to be embarrassed or uncomfortable. If you sense that some members are uncomfortable with the discussion, take a quick poll of the group to decide if you want to move on to another topic. You can also break members into smaller discussion groups according to how they would like to proceed.

If the conversation stalls … Sometimes the problem isn’t too much talk, but not enough. Not all books will capture the group’s interest, so if you’re all talked out, ask members if they want to discuss other book-related topics. This can be a fun way to get book recommendations—both for the club and for your own reading—and learn more about your fellow club members. Some fun ice-breakers include asking people their favorite fictional characters, a favorite film based on a book or books that have changed their lives.

If leading the group becomes overwhelming … If you’re looking at this list and thinking that running a book club is hard work, don’t worry! Once you get a consistent group of members, consider rotating leaders for each meeting so that you get a break and other members have a chance to guide the club.

Participating in a Book Club

So you’ve joined a book club—great! Books clubs are a fun way to meet new people, discover new books and share your thoughts in a supportive environment. Here are some tips to help you get the most out of your book club experience.

BE PREPARED Read the book. Take notes as you go and use sticky notes to mark any passages you find interesting so that you can refer to them at the meeting. If you don’t finish the book, go to the meeting anyway. Discuss what you have read and listen while other members discuss the parts of the book you didn’t read. However, don’t expect other members to avoid sharing spoilers.

BE RESPECTFUL People have different reasons for joining a book club. Some come for serious explorations of literary themes, while others join to make new friends. By respecting these different desires, not only will get what you want out of the club, but everyone else will, too.

BE PATIENT Take turns speaking and be a good listener. Each member should have an opportunity to share his or her thoughts. If you tend to be long-winded, be cautious not to dominate the discussion and be sure to stay on topic. Be open to other opinions—don’t feel like you have to win everyone over to your side. Often the best discussions are books loved by half of the group and hated by the other half!

BE OPEN Part of the fun of joining a book club is to read books you wouldn’t normally choose yourself. You may discover a new author or genre that you love. If you didn’t like a book, that’s fine too, and you’re welcome to discuss why. However, always keep in mind that there is no right or wrong in reading for pleasure. Avoid "book-shaming"—making people feel bad about what they choose to read.

BE A GOOD MEMBER Come on time, participate, and be sure to understand the group guidelines before inviting new members to join. If you have a suggestion for how to improve the club, let the organizer know. Most of all, have fun!

Qatar National Library Book Club Collection

The Library has multiple copies of the following titles. Email bookclubs@qnl.qa to reserve copies of books for your upcoming book club discussion.

Author

Title

Abdolah, Kader

The King

Achebe, Chinua

Things Fall Apart

Ahern, Cecelia

PS, I Love You: A Novel

Akhtar, Ayad

American Dervish: A Novel

Alvarez, Julia

In the Time of the Butterflies

Andrews, Mary Kay

Deep Dish

Andrews, Mary Kay

Save The Date

Andrews, Mary Kay

Summer Rental: A Novel

Arnim, Elizabeth von

The Enchanted April

Atkinson, Kate

A God In Ruins: A Novel

Atkinson, Kate

Life After Life: A Novel

Atwood, Margaret

The Handmaid's Tale

Atwood, Margaret

The Blind Assassin

Atwood, Margaret

Oryx and Crake: A Novel

Austen, Jane

Emma

Austen, Jane

Northanger Abbey

Austen, Jane

Persuasion

Austen, Jane

Sense and Sensibility

Austen, Jane

Pride and Prejudice

Baker, Jo

Longbourn

Barbery, Muriel

The Elegance of the Hedgehog

Barry, Brunonia

The Lace Reader

Bassiouney, Reem

The Pistachio Seller

Bender, Aimee

The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake: A Novel

Benioff, David

City of Thieves: A Novel

Benjamin,  Melanie

The Aviator's Wife: A Novel

Bhutto,  Fatima

The Shadow of the Crescent Moon

Bilal,  Parker

The Burning Gates: A Makana Mystery

Blake,  Sarah

The Postmistress

Blasim, Hassan

The Corpse Exhibition and Other Stories of Iraq

Bohjalian, Christopher A.

Midwives

Boyle, T. Coraghessan

The Tortilla Curtain

Bradbury, Ray

Fahrenheit 451

Bradley, C. Alan

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie: A Flavia De Luce Mystery

Braithwaite, E. R.

To Sir, With Love

Brennert, Alan

Moloka'I

Bronte, Charlotte

Jane Eyre

Bronte, Emily

Wuthering Heights

Brooks, Geraldine

Caleb's Crossing

Brooks, Geraldine

March: A Novel

Brooks, Geraldine

Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague

Brooks, Max

World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War

Brown, Dan

The Da Vinci Code: A Novel

Brown, Dan

The Lost Symbol: A Novel

Buck, Pearl S.

The Good Earth

Buckley, Carla

The Deepest Secret: A Novel

Card, Orson Scott

Ender's Game

Cather, Willa

My Antonia

Chabon, Michael

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier And Clay: A Novel

Chevalier, Tracy

Girl With a Pearl Earring

Christie, Agatha

And Then There Were None

Cisneros, Sandra

The House on Mango Street

Cleave, Chris

Little Bee

Cline, Ernest

Ready Player One

Coelho, Paulo

The Alchemist

Collins, Wilkie

The Woman in White

Coplin, Amanda

The Orchardist: A Novel

Dai, Sijie

Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress

Daoud, Hassan

The Penguin's Song

Davis, Brooke

Lost & Found

De los Santos, Marisa

The Precious One

De los Santos, Marisa

Love Walked In: A Novel

Diaz, Junot

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

Diaz, Junot

This is How You Lose Her

Dickens, Charles

Great Expectations

Dickens, Charles

Hard Times

Dickens, Charles

A Tale of Two Cities

Donoghue, Emma

Room: A Novel

Dostoyevsky, Fyodor

Crime and Punishment

Du Maurier, Daphne

Rebecca

Dumas, Alexandre

The Count of Monte Cristo

Dunn, Mark

Ella Minnow Pea: A Novel in Letters

Durrow, Heidi W.

The Girl Who Fell From the Sky: A Novel

Edwards, Kim

The Memory Keeper's Daughter

Erdrich, Louise

The Plague of Doves

Esquivel, Laura

Like Water For Chocolate: A Novel in Monthly Installments

Eugenides, Jeffrey

The Marriage Plot

Fatah, Sherko

The Dark Ship

Fergus, Jim

One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd

Ferriss, Lucy

A Sister To Honor: A Novel

Forde, Jasper

The Eyre Affair: A Novel

Fielding, Helen

Bridget Jones's Diary: A Novel

Filer, Nathan

The Shock Of The Fall

Fitzgerald, F. Scott

The Great Gatsby

Flynn, Gillian

Dark Places

Flynn, Gillian

Gone Girl: A Novel

Flynn, Gillian

Sharp Objects: A Novel

Follett, Ken

Pillars Of The Earth

Ford, Jamie.

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet: A Novel

Forster, E. M.

A Passage to India

Fowler, Karen Joy

The Jane Austen Book Club

Franklin, Tom

Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter

Franzen, Jonathan

Freedom

French, Tana

In the Woods

Gabaldon, Diana

Outlander

Gaiman, Neil

Neverwhere

Garcia Marquez, Gabriel

Love in the Time Of Cholera

Garcia Marquez, Gabriel

One Hundred Years of Solitude

Gargash, Maha

The Sand Fish: A Novel from Dubai

Gaskell, Elizabeth Cleghorn

Cranford

Genova, Lisa

Still Alice: A Novel

Gilbert, Elizabeth

The Signature of All Things

Godwin, Gail

The Finishing School

Golden, Arthur

Memoirs of a Geisha: A Novel

Golding, William

Lord of the Flies

Goldman, Francisco

Say Her Name

Goolrick, Robert

A Reliable Wife: A Novel

Gowda, Shilpi Somaya

Secret Daughter

Grahame-Smith, Seth

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: The Classic Regency Romance -- Now With Ultraviolent Zombie Mayhem

Greene, Amy

Long Man: A Novel

Grossman, Lev

The Magicians: A Novel

Gruen, Sara

Water for Elephants: A Novel

Haddon, Mark

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Hannah, Kristin

Firefly Lane

Hannah, Kristin

Winter Garden

Harbach, Chad

The Art of Fielding: A Novel

Hardy, Thomas

Tess of the D'Urbervilles

Heller, Joseph

Catch-22

Hemingway, Ernest

The Old Man and the Sea

Hemingway, Ernest

The Sun Also Rises

Herbert, Frank

Dune

Hill, Lawrence

Someone Knows My Name

Horan, Nancy

Loving Frank: A Novel

Hosseini, Khaled

A Thousand Splendid Suns

Hosseini, Khaled

And the Mountains Echoed

Hosseini, Khaled

The Kite Runner

Howe, Katherine

The Physick Book Of Deliverance Dane: A Novel

Hugo, Victor

Les Miserables

Hurston, Zora Neale

Their Eyes Were Watching God

Ishiguro, Kazuo

Never Let Me Go

James, Henry

The Portrait of a Lady

James, Henry

Washington Square

Johnson, Adam

The Orphan Master's Son: A Novel

Johnson, Julia

The Leopard Boy

Jones, Edward P.

The Known World

Joyce, Rachel

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry: A Novel

Kent, Kathleen

The Heretic's Daughter: A Novel

Keyes, Daniel

Flowers for Algernon

Khadra, Yasmina

African Equation

Khal, Abdo

Throwing Sparks

Kidd, Sue Monk

The Secret Life of Bees

Kiefer, Christian

The Animals: A Novel

King, Stephen

11/22/63: A Novel

Kingsolver, Barbara

The Poisonwood Bible: A Novel

Kingsolver, Barbara

The Bean Trees: A Novel

Kingsolver, Barbara

Flight Behavior: A Novel

Kingsolver, Barbara

The Lacuna: A Novel

Kingsolver, Barbara

Prodigal Summer: A Novel

Kline, Christina Baker

Orphan Train: A Novel

Koch, Herman

The Dinner: A Novel

Kostova, Elizabeth

The Historian: A Novel

Krauss, Nicole

The History of Love

Kwok, Jean

Girl in Translation

Lahiri, Jhumpa

The Namesake

Lahiri, Jhumpa

Unaccustomed Earth

Landay, William

Defending Jacob: A Novel

Larsson, Stieg

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

Lee, Harper

To Kill a Mockingbird

Leya, Ella

The Orphan Sky

Livesey, Margot

The Flight of Gemma Hardy: A Novel

Lupton, Rosamund

Sister: A Novel

Maguire, Gregory

Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West: A Novel

Martel, Yann

Life of Pi: A Novel

Mathis, Ayana

The Twelve Tribes of Hattie

McCall Smith, Alexander

The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

McCann, Colum

Let the Great World Spin: A Novel

McCarthy, Cormac

The Road

McCreight, Kimberly

Reconstructing Amelia: A Novel

McCullers, Carson

The Heart is a Lonely Hunter

McEwan, Ian

Atonement: A Novel

McLain, Paula

The Paris Wife: A Novel

Melville, Herman

Moby-Dick, or, The Whale

Mieville, China

The City & the City

Mistry, Rohinton

A Fine Balance: A Novel

Mitchell, David

Cloud Atlas: A Novel

Mitchell, David

The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet: A Novel

Mitchell, Margaret

Gone With the Wind

Morgenstern, Erin

The Night Circus: A Novel

Moriarty, Liane

The Husband's Secret

Moriarty, Liane

What Alice Forgot

Morton, Kate

The Forgotten Garden: A Novel

Morton, Kate

The Secret Keeper: A Novel

Morton, Kate

The House at Riverton: A Novel

Moyes, Jojo

Me Before You

Nicholls, David

One Day

Niffenegger, Audrey

The Time Traveler's Wife

Obreht, Tea

The Tiger's Wife: A Novel

O'Brien, Tim

The Things They Carried: A Work of Fiction

O'Farrell, Maggie

The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox

Orwell, George

Nineteen Eighty-Four

Orwell, George

Animal Farm

Otsuka, Julie

The Buddha in the Attic

Packer, Ann

The Dive From Clausen's Pier

Patchett, Ann

Run

Patchett, Ann

State Of Wonder: A Novel

Paton, Alan

Cry, the Beloved Country

Payton, Brian

The Wind is Not a River

Picoult, Jodi

Nineteen Minutes: A Novel

Picoult, Jodi

My Sister's Keeper: A Novel

Picoult, Jodi

House Rules: A Novel

Plath, Sylvia

The Bell Jar

Powers, Richard

Orfeo: A Novel

Quick, Matthew

The Silver Linings Playbook: A Novel

Quinn, Daniel

Ishmael

Rachman, Tom

The Imperfectionists: A Novel

Rahimi, Atiq

A Curse on Dostoevsky

Rash, Ron

Serena: A Novel

Robinson, Kim Stanley

The Years of Rice And Salt

Roy, Arundhati

The God of Small Things

Russell, Karen

Swamplandia!

Russo, Richard

Empire Falls

Salinger,  J. D.

The Catcher in the Rye

Saramago, Jose

Blindness

Scottoline, Lisa

Look Again

Sebold, Alice

The Lovely Bones: A Novel

See, Lisa

Shanghai Girls: A Novel

See, Lisa

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan: A Novel

Sendker, Jan-Philipp

The Art of Hearing Heartbeats: A Novel

Seth, Vikram

A Suitable Boy: A Novel

Setterfield, Diane

The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel

Shapiro, Barbara A.

The Art Forger: A Novel

Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft

Frankenstein

Shors, John

Beneath a Marble Sky: A Novel Of The Taj Mahal

Shreve, Anita

Stella Bain: A Novel

Shteyngart, Gary

Super Sad True Love Story: A Novel

Simon, Rachel

The Story of Beautiful Girl

Simsion, Graeme C.

The Rosie Project

Sittenfeld, Curtis

American Wife: A Novel

Sloan, Robin

Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore

Smith, Dodie

I Capture the Castle

Smith, Betty

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Smith, April

A Star for Mrs. Blake

Stedman, M. L.

The Light Between Oceans: A Novel

Stegner, Wallace Earle

Crossing to Safety

Steinbeck, John

East of Eden

Steinbeck, John

The Grapes of Wrath

Steinbeck, John

Of Mice and Men

Steinbeck, John

The Pearl

Stockett, Kathryn

The Help

Stoker, Bram

Dracula

Swift, Jonathan

Gulliver's Travels

Tan, Amy

The Joy Luck Club

Thompson, Carol

Mockingbird Song

Tolstoy, Leo

Anna Karenina

Trigiani, Adriana

The Shoemaker's Wife: A Novel

Twain, Mark

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Unknown

Tales of the Marvellous and News of the Strange

Unknown

The Arabian Nights: Tales From a Thousand and One Nights

Vanderbes, Jennifer

The Secret of Raven Point: A Novel

Verghese, A.

Cutting For Stone: A Novel

Vonnegut, Kurt

Cat's Cradle

Vonnegut, Kurt

Slaughterhouse-Five

Walker, Karen Thompson

The Age of Miracles: A Novel

Walter, Jess

Beautiful Ruins: A Novel

Watson, Winifred

Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day

Wells, Rebecca

Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood: A Novel

Wharton, Edith

The Age of Innocence

Wilde, Oscar

The Picture of Dorian Gray

Wolitzer, Meg

The Interestings

Wroblewski, David

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle: A Novel

Yates, Richard

Revolutionary Road

Zafon, Carlos Ruiz

The Shadow of the Wind

 

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