A great city for authors, Houston is also a great city for readers. With tons of book clubs scattered all over the metro area, it is always possible for a bookworm to find a place to relax with a good story and company to discuss it with. These discussion groups can be found in nearly every corner of Houston, if you know where to look. Just find your favorite genre – or favorite day of the week – and join up with one of these best book clubs in the city.
Northwest Houston Book Club
Geared towards women who live in the northwest Houston suburbs, this book club is a great way to read some of the current bestsellers with new friends. Meetings are held on the third Saturday of each month, and generally rotate between members’ homes and local restaurants. The book club is open to anyone, but mainly is made up of women living in northwest Houston, Spring Branch, Jersey Village, Willowbrook, Cypress, Katy, Spring and nearby neighborhoods. Recent titles read include “The Help” by Kathryn Stockett and “Firefly Lane” by Kristin Hannah.
Houston Great Books Council: Always on Sunday
St. Paul’s United Methodist Church
5501 Main St.
Houston, TX 77004
One of the many book clubs under the Houston Great Books Council’s umbrella, Always on Sunday meets in a central location on the weekend to allow for working members to attend and enjoy a good book discussion on a Sunday afternoon. Members come together at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church and discuss books from the Great Books Anthology. Recently read titles include “Cathedral” by Raymond Carver and “Tomorrow and Tomorrow and So Forth” by John Updike. Upcoming books for the fall include “The Country Where Nobody Ever Grew Old and Died” by William Maxwell and “You’re Ugly Too” by Lorrie Moore.
Kendall Mystery Book Club
Kendall Neighborhood Library
609 N. Eldridge
Houston, TX 77079
Held at the Kendall Neighborhood Library, a member of the Houston Public Library system, this book club is open to mystery lovers of all sorts. The club is geared towards adults and reads mysteries both old and new. It meets on Saturday afternoons in the Kendall First Floor Meeting Room. The Kendall Mystery Book Club most recently read “Judgement Call” by J.A. Jance.
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Heights Neighborhood Library
1302 Heights Blvd.
Houston, TX 77008
Already out of college but still loving what you read in high school? Then this book club is for you. Aimed at young professionals in their 20s and early 30s, this book club focuses on young adult fiction. It meets at the Heights Public Library on Friday evenings providing a great way to start off your weekend. The book club most recently read “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” by Ransom Riggs.
Tough Broads Out at Night
Blue Willow Book Shop
14532 Memorial Drive
Houston, TX 77079
Meeting the fourth Tuesday of every month is the Tough Broads Out at Night book club hosted by the Blue Willow Book Shop. This book club, geared towards adult women, reads a variety of topical and interesting books, both fiction and nonfiction. Additionally, if you can’t make a meeting, there is an opportunity for you to still participate via email. Upcoming reads for the fall include “Blueprints for Building Better Girls” by Elissa Schappell and “A Winter’s Night” by Valerio Massimo Manfredi.
Gillian Kruse is a freelance writer living in Houston. She graduated from Rice University with a great love for all performing and visual arts. She enjoys writing about arts and cultural events, especially little-known ones, to help Houstonians learn about what’s going on in their city. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.