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Initial post: 19 Sep 2009 22:41:23 BDT
Is any of you in a book club? If yes do you have a theme/genre of what you are reading?
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Posted on 20 Sep 2009 00:13:05 BDT
KK says:
Yes. I belong to a Book Group which was originally a spin off from a Women's Group. We only read women authors, which I thought at first would be quite restricting, but has turned out to be very ejoyable and I have been introduced to several authors I was previously unaware of. We are currently reading "Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell" by Susannah Clarke, which we are due to discuss next week.

Posted on 21 Sep 2009 19:11:56 BDT
Would you recommend it?

Posted on 23 Sep 2009 13:28:18 BDT
Chris says:
If I may - I read Susannah Clarke's book, and it is fabulous! I'm in a book club, we've read Barack Obama's 'dreams from my father' and The girl in the blue dress, both excellent, and secret scripture, which is very hard going, in my view.

Posted on 30 Sep 2009 08:39:54 BDT
P. Murray says:
You could try Precious Moments by Elaine Murray

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Oct 2009 23:30:47 BDT
G. Lyon says:
KK

How about only reading books by men, or Africans, or martians, or transexuals, or people who have seen the Loch Ness Monster?

Pssh! A good book is a good book whoever it is by.

Posted on 25 Oct 2009 23:40:16 GMT
Sunny says:
we have 10 members and each choose a book once a year (we don't meet in August because everyone is on holiday,

Posted on 17 Jan 2010 10:15:27 GMT
Ian Walthew says:
I'm not sure what makes a good book club read, but I was looking for new books the other day, and I was curious to know what Amazon customers have historically rated as good books. What I did was to search on all categories of books, ranking them not by best-sellers, but by average customer review. I then tagged all the books I could find that (a) had a five star average (not four and a half) and (b) had more than 50 Amazon customer reviews. I was quite surprised to see that this produced a list of only about a hundred books, from children's books to self-help to fiction and non-fiction. I gave them the tag 5 star 50 reviews. If you do a search on that tag (5 star 50 reviews), using the Amazon tag tool search (that you'll find on any book's page) you'll be able to pull up this list of books and have a good browse. Some of the books may not be of a genre that you like, but some will, and may encourage you to read books from genres that you wouldn't normally think of. The Count of Monte Christo was on the list, as was The Godfather, Anne of Green Gables, To Kill a Mocking Bird and some more recent books. It was interesting to see that all the ones I had already read were ones I would also give a 5 star rating to, so there's something there that I think is worth exploring.

Posted on 22 Jan 2010 14:15:12 GMT
I would go with Songs of Blood and Sword - out in April, from the tags there are tons of potenial discussion topics

Posted on 25 Jan 2010 16:26:51 GMT
Crime Queen says:
Read a memoir by crime writer, Sam Millar (Karl Kane books). I guarantee you will not have read a book like it. Powerful.

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Jan 2010 20:03:00 GMT
Ros B says:
I think a good book club read is often a book that produces strong reactions amongst the members, both for and against. Our book club is now in its 14th year and still going strong. The great thing about it is that we have all been encouraged to read books we wouldn't normally choose by virtue of the fact that the host produces the next month's book. We do tend to choose too many current books in my view but have just read 'A Simple Story' by Elizabeth Inchbald, which made an interesting and stimulating change.

Posted on 27 Jan 2010 18:45:09 GMT
KK says:
To G Lyon
The group I belong to does not think that good books can only be written by women and we all read extremely widely - both male and female authors. The group was started 25+ years ago and was an off-shoot of a women's group, so I suppose the idea was to champion women's writing, although having only been a member for 2 years I can't speak with great authority on the matter. Far from limiting me, I feel this restriction has actually widened my reading because, as I said, I'm discovering authors who are new to me on a regular basis.

Posted on 27 Jan 2010 18:48:30 GMT
KK says:
To G Lyon
The group I belong to does not think that good books can only be written by women and we all read extremely widely - both male and female authors. The group was started 25+ years ago and was an off-shoot of a women's group, so I suppose the idea was to champion women's writing, although having only been a member for 2 years I can't speak with great authority on the matter. Far from limiting me, I feel this restriction has actually widened my reading because, as I said, I'm discovering authors who are new to me on a regular basis.

Posted on 13 Mar 2010 15:40:40 GMT
L. M. Woods says:
How do you usually buy your books? We're being frustrated by the new restrictions which Amazon say have been imposed on them that publishers will only let them sell 5 copies of one book to the same buyer. With 7 in our group, means two people have to place the order!

Posted on 16 Mar 2010 21:25:38 GMT
hiljean says:
L M Woods: The local libraries in my area (Wiltshire and Berkshire) offer services for reading groups so we don't need to buy our books! W Berks provides reading sets and these include very recent publications as well as classic novels. But it is also possible, as a reading group, to order a large quantity from either county in one go. We are allowed to keep them for up to six weeks.

This is the 14th year for our group and we each choose a book for the following year in December, trying to include different genres (classic and contemporary fiction, biography, travel, crime, historical novel, etc.). This seems to work very well. We also have poetry one month of the year where members can choose their own poems on a selected theme.

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Mar 2010 08:11:01 GMT
I am Ettore Grillo, the author of "Travels od the mind"Travels of the Mind. I know many book clubs through meetup. They have many themes for reading.
Ettore Grillo

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Mar 2010 08:15:32 GMT
Travels of the Mind I am Ettore Grillo. I'd like to hold a conference in your book club. Anyway if you like, keep in touch.
Ettore Grillo

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Mar 2010 09:49:58 GMT
Travels of the Mind I am Ettore Grillo. Mine is a book you might read inside your group. I live in Sicily but I can come to England any time for a presentation of my book. My web site is www.ettoregrillo.com

Posted on 21 Mar 2010 01:46:07 GMT
great book club read that i have just had..never thought id like it but oh my!
Gypsy Boy: One Boy's Struggle to Escape from a Secret World
100% without a doubt, GYPSY BOY BY MIKEY WALSH....YOU GOTTA GRAB IT!
the absolute best book i have read in a long time, and i mean years...
incredible, hilarious, heartbreaking, beautiful and, number one sunday times best seller this week.
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