‘Reading for Wellbeing’ Virtual Book Group

The Trust Library Service’s ‘Reading for Wellbeing’ Virtual Book Group recently celebrated its first birthday! We started the Virtual Book Group during Health Information Week, an annual celebration of the importance of access to health information, in July 2020. We’ve been successfully meeting on the first Wednesday of every month since. Each meeting is a fantastic hour – a chance to chat (both on and off topic), laugh, learn new things, and share book recommendations with each other!

The book we discussed in our July meeting was ‘The Girl with the Louding Voice’ by Abi Daré. All attendees really enjoyed the story of Adunni, a girl from rural Nigeria who is doing everything she can to prove her worth and gain an education in a world which doesn’t recognise her value. Whilst definitely not a light or easy read at times, we were all moved by the thread of hope that persisted throughout the novel, and by Adunni’s vibrant, resilient personality.

We are meeting again on Wednesday 4th August to discuss a Quick Read: ‘Wish You Were Dead’ by Peter James, featuring Detective Superintendent Roy Grace from his bestselling series.

Roy Grace and his family have left Sussex behind for a week’s holiday in France. The website promised a grand house, but when they arrive the place is very different from the pictures. And it soon becomes clear that their holiday nightmare is only just beginning.

An old enemy of Roy, a lowlife criminal he had put behind bars, is now out of jail – and out for revenge. He knows where Roy and his family have gone on holiday. Of course he does. He’s been hacking their emails – and they are in the perfect spot for him to pay Roy back…

If you would like to become a member of the Virtual Book Group, please email library@york.nhs.uk and we will add you to the mailing list!

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