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
May 20/21 (due to bank holiday)
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