Book Club (online)

Group Leader:     Margo Ross  Contact the office 01292 260086
Location:         From the comfort of your own home via Zoom 
Day and Time:     Once a month on Wednesdays at 7.00 pm

After reading a book, which you have enjoyed (or otherwise), it’s nice to be able to discuss it with someone else.   
I’m sure you have all at some time recommended a good read to a friend or neighbour, then when they have read it talked about what you liked, loved or hated about it.
A book club is just that but you get the opportunity to discuss it with a group of people.

Whether you enjoy thrillers, mystery, family sagas or biographies, a book club gives you the opportunity to read something which you may not have chosen for yourself, so it can be a challenge. 

This is an INFORMAL book club, meeting in the evening when we can put our feet up and enjoy a glass of wine or just a cup of tea while chatting about the book we have all just read. 

The zoom club is working out really well, however for everyone to have a chance to chat, the numbers in the club sit at 12… no reason though  not to start another, if anyone would like to organise.

Contact the office 01292 260086 to join the group or for more information.

Our book this month is Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell,  which you will see was a Sunday Times Bestseller and winner of the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2020.  It does get great reviews….Two extraordinary people, a love that draws them together, a loss that tears them apart !  This time I am ‘listening’ to the story …just for a change. 🙄
Our last book The Hundred Year old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared gave most of our group such a laugh. The story or stories rather,  running through the book can make you laugh out loud or for others just seem too far fetched.   We gave it 7 out of 10 ….I loved it and if you can get your hands on a copy you should read it. As our members said, you’ll either love it or hate it 😏

Our book this month is The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson. It’s an international bestseller and I believe a movie has been made of it! I like to read the book first though and it sounds like it is going to be fun.  A welcome change from Murder and mayhem!

Our last two books were received well by the group with a restricted recommendation on Queenie Hennessy which focused on her last days in a hospice, however they felt Our Fathers was indeed a social history well worth reading.

As it’s summer, plus we all have a bit more ‘freedom’ the book group are reading two books to discuss when we meet again at the end of August. They are The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy by Rachel Joyce,  a compassionate story of life, love and death.  Our other book is Our Fathers by Andrew O’Hagan, a novel of 3 generations of Scottish dreamers.  Our last book Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens was thoroughly enjoyed by all. We could definitely recommend it as a good read. 

Our book this month is Where The Crawdads Sing.  It gets very good reviews and the group is looking forward to reading it. A murder mystery taking place in the swamps on the North Carolina Coast.   Another suggestion from one of our members was Atomic Habits by James Clear. This is not so much a fictional story, but a book which looks at taking small steps to change habits.   Food for thought !
The group gave our last book Half of a Yellow Sun really good reviews.   They felt that although it was a challenge to read, it was certainly worth it and would recommend it to a friend. 

Another interesting book for this months book club.  From Murder, mystery and memoirs to Civil war, we are covering it all !  Last months book The Boy was on the whole well accepted.  We rated it 7/10!  Loving the different genres ! 

Our 3rd Book ….a change in direction from fiction to fact.  Alan Johnson is a British politician and from the cover and description it sounds like an interesting read. Our group really enjoyed our last book, The Dry and rated it 8.5 out of 10 …a winner I would say.

Busy reading our second book …a ‘whodunit’ mystery set in the Australian outback.  Can’t wait to hear the group ‘s views on this one. Our last book Thirteen got a rating of 5/10 ….so a mixed verdict !  

This is our first book selection and what a thriller it is.   Its keeping me on the edge of my seat !
Looking forward to hearing all the comments when we meet up to discuss it!

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