Reading and Writing

Book Groups

The Library runs or supports several book groups.  We are also delighted to supply books for the many independent book groups in Shetland.

During 2020 and into 2021 groups are meeting online due to coronavirus restrictions, but we hope to be back hosting groups in the library before too long.

Reading Sets for Book Groups

Here is a list of some of our books available in five or more copies.

Most of our Shetland books are also available in multiple copies.

Multi-user eBooks and eAudiobooks

Hurricane Book Group

Hurricane Book Club is a hybrid book club that takes place in-person and online on Twitter.  It is run jointly with publishers Pan Macmillan and Falkirk, Glasgow and Shetland Libraries. 

In 2022, for the seventh season, the group read The Party House by Lin Anderson, City of Vengeance by D. V. Bishop and Hare House by Sally Hinchcliffe. 

Hurricane Book club will return in 2023.  If you would like more details, search for @HurricaneBkClub on Twitter or contact the Library.

Saturday Slaughters

Our crime reading group was inspired by Orkney Library.

The group normally meets on the second Saturday of the month, from 2pm - 3pm.  If you are interested in joining, please contact Marghie at the Library on marghie.west@shetland.gov.uk

Next meetings and what we're reading

  • Saturday 8 October 2022 - My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
  • Saturday 12 November 2022 - Crossing Places by Elly Griffiths

South Mainland book group

This is another independent group which meets via Zoom on the last Wednesday of each month.

New members are welcome - contact helenmquirk@gmail.com

South Mainland 2022 reading list

Lunch with Dickens

*currently suspended due to pandemic*

The lunchtime book group - Lunch with Dickens - reads books published prior to the 20th century.  The books are generally by British authors but we aim to include one foreign novel and one children's novel per year, as well as always beginning the year with Dickens.  The members agree to read a set number of chapters a week and meet every Thursday at 1pm in the Library.  If you are interested in joining the group please contact Val Turner for more information Tel: 01595 694688 or Email: val.turner@shetlandamenity.org