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 current title is the novel, Lost Roses by Martha Hall Kelly.

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!


2024 selections

  • The Paragon Hotel by Lyndsay Faye

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