Book club news

I belong to two book clubs, both of which are now a group of friends meeting to discuss what they love – books and reading. We don’t just talk about whatever it is we are reading, we do have a chosen book to read and focus on… and it’s the choosing which can be difficult! However for once, I seem to have a list for both groups of what we’re reading next.

My Sunday group meets on the first Sunday of the month, and this coming Sunday we are reading Maus by Art Spiegelman; it’s the first graphic novel that many of us have read so it will be an interesting discussion. Following that:

  •  July: ‘Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine’ – Gail Honeyman
  • August: ‘The Presidents Hat’ – Antoine Laurain
  • September’s book: AS Byatt’s ‘Possession’
  • October’s book: John Fowles’ ‘The French Lieutenant’s Woman’
  • Jim’s pick for November!
  • Annnnnd Dickens for December

Our choices just arose from us chatting and recommending; sometimes we realise a person hasn’t had one of their suggestions taken up recently, so they then have free choice, although it’s usually a consensual choice as we’re a very friendly group!

My other group, my Wednesday group has a more flexible time-table as we’re just five of us so we can organise when everyone can come. We seem to have difficulty in choosing books, as everyone is very different in their reading habits. For June we are reading:

  • The Uncommon Reader  by Alan Bennet
  • July – Dr Zhivago by Boris Pasternak

We are going to read the new Shardlake novel when it’s published in November, … and that’s as far as we’ve got, but we are thinking about a Robert MacFarlane, Josephine Tey,, The Bees by Laune Paull, and like my other group, a Dickens for Christmas!

The Wednesday group very kindly read my first novel, Farholm, and their comments were very helpful and encouraging… I wonder if they would like to read another?

Here is a link to Farholm, only available as an e-reader at the present:


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