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Book Club

We are very social and chatty groups who enjoy discussing books over tea, coffee and a biscuit.

The Book club looks at contemporary fiction of all genres. Members join either of 2 groups and both read the same book. We meet once a month and discuss the book in small groups for about 35 minutes, followed by a whole group discussion. We will also rate each book 1 – 10.

Feedback on the books so far has been good and a real positive is that it often makes people read outside their normal reading genre’s. Our members are seeing this as a real benefit and is changing their reading habits.

There is also a book swap opportunity, so if you have books you have already read, you can bring them along and select any others you are interested in.

From January next year we will be asking for nominations for what we read two months in advance and then then there will be a vote. So, even more chance for our members to influence what we are reading.


Books scheduled to be read by the book club:

Oct 23/24      7 Moons of Maali      Shehan Karunatilaka

Nov 27/28      Olive, Mabel and Me   Andrew Cotter


January 22/23     Lessons in Chemistry  Bonnie Garmus

February 26/27   The Goldfinch          Donna Tartt

March 25/26         The Second Sleep      Robert Harris

April 22/23

May 20/21 (due to bank holiday)

June 24/25

July 22/23

Previously read books and their scores from our two groups.

The Island is currently our top scorer.

Title                             Author               Score BC1   Score BC2

The Bees                   Laline Paul                 5.8              6.5

The Island                 Victoria Hislop         8.25            8.8

Iron House                John Hart                    5.6              5.9

The Great Alone      Kristen Hannah         6.1              7.4

The Salt Path             Raynor Wynn             5.4             6.8

American Dirt            Jeanine Cummins   7.7              8.4

Sister                              Rosamund Lupton  6.9             7.6

The Word is Murder Anthony Horowitz    6.9            7.3

Tick Tock                       Simon Mayor              7.8            7.2


Group 1  Venue: Kempshott Village Hall, Stratton Park,  Pack Lane, Basingstoke,  RG22 5HN

Date:  4th Week Monday 14.00 - 16.00

Group 2  Venue: Brookvale Village Hall,  Lower Brook St, Basingstoke, RG21 7RP

Date:  Tuesday, the day after Group 1, 10.00 - 12.00

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