The Oak View Reading Society

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Adult participants read a selected title and share their opinions with other readers using comment cards.  A communal reading experience on your own terms!

The title for February/March 2024 is the historical fiction novel, The Paragon Hotel  by Lyndsay Faye.

Interested in reading this title? Contact Oak View Library staff for more information. Books are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Thank you to the Ojai Valley Library Friends and Foundation for generously funding the purchase of Reading Society books!


2023 selections

  • The Authenticity Project  by Clare Pooley
  • The Last Bus to Wisdom by Ivan Doig
  • Solito by Javier Zamora (One County, One Book selection)
  • The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness by Sy Montgomery
  • The Vanishing Half  by Brit Bennett
  • The Violin Conspiracy by Brendan Slocumb

2022 selections

  • About Grace by Anthony Doerr
  • The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon
  • The Murmur of Bees by Sofia Segovia
  • Taste Makers: Seven Immigrant Women Who Revolutionized Food in America by Mayukh Sen (One County, One Book selection)
  • This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger
  • We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

2021 selections

  • Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
  • The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan
  • The Mystery of Mrs. Christie by Marie Benedict
  • Your House Will Pay by Steph Cha (One County, One Book selection)

2020 selections

  • The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See (One County, One Book selection)
  • Light from Other Stars by Erika Swyler
  • The Lost Man by Jane Harper
  • Miss Benson's Beetle by Rachel Joyce
  • There,There by Tommy Orange

2019 selections

  • The Fifteen Wonders of Daniel Green by Erica Boyce
  • Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
  • The Library Book by Susan Orlean (One County, One Book selection)
  • The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce
  • The Seven and a Half Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton
  • Transcription by Kate Atkinson
  • Where'd You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple

2018 selections

  • Barbarian Days by William Finnegan (One County, One Book selection)
  • A Girl in Disguise by Greer Macallister
  • In the Midst of Winter by Isabel Allende
  • The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto by Mitch Albom
  • Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz
  • A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline
  • The Rules of Civility by Amor Towles
  • Sourdough by Robin Sloan

2017 selections

  • Beautiful Ruins  by Jess Walter
  • The Dinner by Herman Koch
  • The Little Paris Book Shop by Nina George
  • My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She's Sorry by Fredrik Backman
  • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  • Slade House by David Mitchell

 2016 selections

  • Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan  
  • Home by Toni Morrison
  • Memory Painter by Gwendolyn Womack
  • Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald
  • The Telling Room by Michael Paterniti
  • The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley

 2015 selections

  • Dry Bones in the Valley by Tom Bouman  
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
  • Mr. Penumbra’s Twenty-Four Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
  • The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
  • Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck