Reading & Sharing

Book Clubs provide ways to share a fondness for literature with others

To some, reading is a personal, singular experience. The feel of a book in hand, the satisfaction of reaching the final page and the contemplation about the meaning or subtle inferences are a large part of the experience. For others, reading is an opportunity to share what you like, hate or question about a book. If you have ever read a book and longed to discuss it, or wish to expand your reading horizons, or have an opportunity to socialize and meet new people, a book club may be for you.

Fauquier County Public Library sponsors five book clubs, each with a different focus and location. Two of the longest running groups are the John Marshall library book clubs. For almost two decades, these groups have been a place for bibliophiles to meet with others who share their passion for reading; about 40 active members meet monthly to discuss what they have read.

One often cited benefit of participating in a book club is the opportunity to read books outside your normal “to be read” list. “I find that the book club makes me widen my horizons, encouraging me to read books that I would not likely have read on my own,” said Mary K. Ruffner, a 14-year member of the John Marshall evening book club.

With a wide range of literary topics and the diverse perspectives of members, interesting discussions ensue. According to Jane Weaver, a member of the Marshall afternoon book club, “The variety of voices generates fascinating new perspectives on the books we read. This group has introduced me to numerous authors and books that I now treasure. And to a friendly, lively group that I treasure even more.”

Recently the John Marshall library book clubs made their 2018 selections, making now the perfect time to join. The following are the 2018 meeting dates and selections to be discussed.

Marshall Afternoon Book Club meets from 1:00 p.m. until 2:30 p.m 

February 14

Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance

March 14
The Return of the Native by J. Courtney Sullivan

April 11

Thunder Dog: The True Story of a Blind Man, His Guide Dog, and the Triumph at Ground Zero by Michael Hingson

May 9
Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann

June 13
This is How it Always Is by Laurie Frankel

July 11
Churchill and Orwell: The Fight for Freedom by Thomas E. Ricks
August 8
Without Precedent: Chief Justice John Marshall and His Times by Joel Richard Paul or a book of your choice about John Marshall

September 12
Behold the Dreamers, a novel by Imbolo Mbue

October 10
The Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

November 14
WW I selection of your choice

Marshall Evening Book Club meets from 7:00 p.m. until 8 p.m.

February 26
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

March 26

Thunder Dog: The True Story of a Blind Man, His Guide Dog, and the Triumph at Ground Zero by Michael Hingson

April 30
Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

May 21
Mudbound by Hilary Jordan

June 25
The House of Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne

July 30
Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate

August 27
A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

September 24
Without Precedent: Chief Justice John Marshall and His Times by Joel Richard Paul or a book of your choice about John Marshall

October 29
Saints for All Occasions by J. Courtney Sullivan

November 26
WW I selection of your choice

For details about other book clubs hosted by Fauquier County Public Library go to, or stop by your local library. New members are always welcome.


Did you know Fauquier County Public Library offers Book Club kits? Book Club Kits are available for checkout by local reading groups and contain seven copies of popular book club selections and a discussion guide. For a full list of available book club kits, go to and search for “Book Club Kits.”

About the author:

Lisa Pavlock, Public Information Coordinator with the Fauquier County Library, is a Pennsylvania transplant, but has called Fauquier County her home for over 25 years. Her idea of a perfect day includes time spent with her husband, two teenagers and a good book. She is currently reading A Windfall by Diksha Basu.

1 Comment

  1. I was a member of the Evening Marshall Book Club for many years and thoughly enjoyed it. I met many new friends there since most of us lived in the boonies and it was a great way to meet folks who had the same interests. The Evening Marshall Book Club was well organized and our librarian Deb Cosby was the perfect leader for our group. I also belonged to the Paws to Read Program with my dogs Royce and Jaxin also at the Marshall Library where we would gather with our therapy dogs and the children would read to them once a month. Another great program of the Marshall Library and other ones too. We recently moved to Georgia so now I have great memories of our time with the Marshall Library.

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