Lotte Lewin, library book purchasing officer Kym, Paula Mason and Ros Molyneux look over some books.
Lotte Lewin, library book purchasing officer Kym, Paula Mason and Ros Molyneux look over some books. Contributed

Have a chat whether you love or hate a book

IF YOU love reading books, whether old favourites or new releases, and if you hated or loved the book, the Hervey Bay Library Book Chat group is the place to go to discuss it with other readers.

Ms Lotte Lewin joined the Hervey Bay Library Book Chat group 10 years ago after she was asked to give a talk about her self-published book That's How it Was for Us.

An avid reader, she will read almost anything but has a preference for non-fiction books.

"There's a great genre selection but don't denigrate non-fiction books because they're often better than you think they are," she said.

"There's a good choice of books listed on the monthly book list, and you can borrow new release books.

"If you like a book and they don't have it on hand, you can order it and then borrow it."

The book chat group is a very informal group and you will find yourself in a world where the only topic of conversation is all about books.

Ms Paula Mason said she doesn't particularly like to read gory stories and steers clear of them.

"I don't really have a favourite genre, I'm happy to read almost anything, however, if I find an author I like I tend to stick to the same one," she said.

There is a definite advantage in attending the Book Chat group.

If you borrow a book you almost feel obligated to take time out to read and attend the next chat group to tell everyone what you thought about it, give a synopsis of the story plot and whether or not you recommend it.

If you have a personal favourite in your collection and you wish to discuss it with others, it is quite possible the library may have it in stock or be able to order it in.

There is an extensive reading list available so there's plenty to appease your tastes.

The Hervey Bay Library Book Chat group is held on the last Wednesday of each month, at the Maryborough Library on the last Friday, and at Tiaro Library on the first Tuesday of the month from 10-11am.

The next Hervey Bay Book Chat group meeting is at 10am on Wednesday, October 29, and readers are invited to bring their book, sit back and enjoy a cuppa and something to eat while hearing about the latest library books.