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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 45 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.

 

 

Books scheduled to be read by the book club:

 

2024

June 24/25 The Great Zoo of China by Matthew Reilly

July 22/23 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden

August 19/20 I am Pilgrim - Terry Hayes

September 23/24

October 28/29

November 25/26

 

Previously read books a from our two groups.

The Monday Club's favourite book is Lessons in Chemistry followed by The Island. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is our top scorer for Tuesday's group followed by The Island

A list of books we have read so far to give you the range we are reading:

The Bees - Laline Paul

The Island - Victoria Hislop (in top three books to date)

Iron House -John Hart

The Great Alone - Kristen Hannah

The Salt Path - Raynor Winn

American Dirt - Jeannie Cummins

Sister - Rosamund Lupton

The Word is Murder - Anthony Horowitz

Tick Tock - Simon May

The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida - Shehan Karunatilaka

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo - Taylor Jenkins Reid

Olive, Mabel and Me - Andrew Cotter

Lessons in Chemistry - Bonnie Garmus (in top three books to date)

Goldfinch - Donna Tartt

Fatherland - Robert Harris

Murder on the Farm - Kate Wells (lowest score to date)

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time - Martin Haddon

 

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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

After reading the Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, we had two resounding recommendations for the play. One person thinking it was actually better than the book. So if you see it advertised, it may be one to try.

 

So far recommendations for the September read are:

Maggie O'Farrell - The Marriage Portrait

Buy me the Sky - Xinran (non-fiction)

The Mandibles - Lionel Shriver

Jamaica Inn - Daphne du Mauriers (classic)

Last list of Mable Beaumont - Laura Pearson

In Order to Live - Yeonmi Park (non-fiction)

 

All fabulous books, more on them later in the month, but when I get more I will ensure we have a good mix of genre's and may hold some over for the next vote. Get thinking:)

 

 

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