Book Reading

We currently have SIX different and diverse Book Reading Groups. They all meet on different days and times


Book Reading 1

Meets: 1st Wednesday of the Month

Time: 14:00 – 16:00

Our books are chosen for the year at our annual Christmas lunch.  We always include a best seller, classic, thriller, autobiography/biography.  Our members decide which books to choose and when to host in their homes.  We have at least an hour’s discussion including book club questions, in which everyone participates.


Book Reading 3

Meets: 2nd Wednesday of the Month

Time: 19:00 – 21:00

Our mixed group meets to discuss and share ideas about the books we have chosen to read. Every six months we select a wide range of books suggested by the group members. Amongst the books we have read this year were a Booker Prize winner, a travel book, a biography, a classic, a crime novel and books exploring the themes of relationships, love and loss. We don’t all have the same response to the books we read but that makes for lively discussion. Because of the varied interests of the members we have been introduced to a wider range of books and authors than we would have chosen ourselves.


Book Reading 4

Meets: Last Monday of the Month

Time: 14:30 – 16:30

Book Group 4 has been running since June 2010 and now has nine members, which is the maximum number of people who can comfortably be accommodated in the group leaders home, where most meetings are held.
A rota enables each member in turn to suggest three books for the group to consider and circulate the list to the group by e-mail in advance of the meeting so that everyone has the opportunity to read the blurb on the book and can come to the meeting prepared to talk about the options. This method seems to have produced a good variety of books, to date all fiction, but ranging from foreign language books to classics and best sellers, reflecting the different reading preferences of the members. A few books have proved unreadable for some members, but most have been enjoyed and have stimulated a lively informal discussion. In order to allow time both to obtain and read the book we now chose the book a month in advance of it being read.   Certain ground rules were established, the main one being that everyone would read each of the books selected (or at least attempt it, and come to the meeting able to talk about why they found it unreadable) and that books selected should not be too long so that is feasible to read them in a month. Books considered must be relatively easily available, in print and, preferably also available as e-books. The chosen book is discussed for about an hour, and then after tea the selection of the next book to be read is discussed and agreed.


Book Reading 5

Meets: 3rd Tuesday of the Month

Time: 14:00 – 16:00

We are a small & friendly group, with a diverse taste in reading. We have recently read biographies, modern classics, a travel book as well as books from the bestseller lists. We don’t always agree about the current book but we do always have a lively discussion.

As well as sharing views about the current month’s book when we meet, we also discuss what else we may have read during the month and discuss reviews of books which have appeared in the media etc. Twice a year we decide what we would like to read for the next six months.


Book Reading 6

Meets: 3rd Tuesday of the Month

Time: 10:30 – 12:30

Since January 2014 we have had themes for periods of three months.  Last year we had Africa – “The No 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency”, by Alexander McCall-Smith, “When a Crocodile Eats the Sun” by Peter Godwin and thirdly  “I Dreamed of Africa” by Kuki Gallman. The remainder of the year was taken up with biography. crime and then  lighter reading- Tom Sharpe and David Lodge.   In July to mark the anniversary of the First World War we read Robert Graves’   “Goodbye to All That”.  In January 2015 we departed from our programme  and on the strong recommendation of one of our members we read Boris Johnson’s biography of Winston  Churchill:  “The Churchill Factor  – how one man made history”


Book Reading 7

Meets: 2nd Tuesday of the Month

Time: 14:00 – 16:00

The Group has been meeting regularly since our formation in October 2013. We have read the following books:
The Testament of Mary – Colm Toibin Opinion very mixed
The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood This book was not very popular
The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald A perennial favourite but not of everyone
Our next book is The Portrait of the Artist as a Young Girl (biography of Grayson Perry) – Wendy Jones.