We heard about this local book club. Do any of our members attend?
Good Morning Molesey WI
I would be interested in supporting the WI Book Club either as organiser or as a supporter.
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That sounds great Tina!
I would like to be part of the book club
Looking forward to reading this book and thank you for the suggestion.
Looking forward to the first book club meeting
Good Evening Ladies
Just a quick reminder that the first Book Club meeting is now scheduled for next Wednesday 25th April at 7.30pm at Mada Deli, Bridge Road.
Apologies for the new date….my fault!!
Please bring along any suggestions for a book to share.
Looking forward to seeing you all then.Tina
Good Evening Ladies
Lookinng forward to meeting you tomorrow evening at 8pm at Mada Deli, Bridge Road.All suggestions for next months book club welcome.
Hello Ladies! I would like to recommend “Together” by Julie Cohen. It takes a while to get your head round the fact that it starts at the end of the timeline and works through the story going back in time. There is a good reason for this as will be revealed! It is a book with lots of questions at the end to begin a discussion. Happy to lend my copy!
Thank you Rosemary. It’s great to receive new recommendations and to see that the system works!
You are more than welcome to join us at our next meeting. I still have to confirm a venue.
Hope to see you at this evening’s WI meeting.
Good Morning Ladies
Our next meeting scheduled for Wednesday 8th August @ 8pm will be held at gallery 84 Walton Road, opposite Moseley Refridgeration Centre.
Hope you are enjoying this months book choice(s), The Second Child and Sally’s Odd at Sea. You don’t have to read both books!!
Don’t forget to keep an eye out for recommendations for next months book choice.
Looking forward to seeing you all soon.
Opps… should say Gallery 84, Walton Road.
Good Evening Bookworms
Looking forward to seeing you all tomorrow evening at Gallery 84 Walton Road at 8pm. Bring your recommendations for our next book.
Good Evening Lovely Ladies
Just a reminder that the next book club is scheduled for Friday 28th September and is being very kindly hosted by Sue. Please speak directly to Sue for her address. I have to send by apologies ahead of the date as my holiday dates have changed and i will still sunning myself whilst sipping a cocktail or two. I know you’ll have a lovely evening.
I would like to suggest the next book club meeting be held on Friday 9th November (6 weeks) which I would be happy to host and the next meeting to be scheduled for Friday 4th January (8 weeks). Thoughts please.
Please bring along a couple of suggestions for the next book or two.
Best Wishes Tina
We had a very enjoyable evening at Sue’s discussing not only the book “The Century Girls” but life itself. Thank you Sue.
The book tells of the different lifestyles of the ladies and their experiences through the Century from a servant life, lecturer to a working mother. Very interesting hearing of their opinions in all aspects of their life’s. The book took longer to read as it wasn’t a story and we felt you could dip in and out of it but great to have a challenge and experience a different style of writing.
We have chosen 2 more books to read before our next meeting which is on Friday 9th November @ Tina’s for 8pm. You are most welcome to join us.
Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
The Long Bridge : Out of The Gulags by Urszula Muskus
Thank you Miranda for the review on last months meeting. Looking forward to seeing you all at the next Book Club.
Please feel free to join us at our meetings. You do not have to have read both books or even finish one of them! Any suggestions for books to share are always welcome.
Good Morning Ladies
Please note that the date of the next book club has changed to Friday 2nd November. Please contact us for the venue details.
I hope that you will enjoy our selected books whichever one (or both) you choose to read.
Good Evening Ladies
We had a lovely evening last week discussing the books we had chosen to read. Some of us read one or the other; a couple of us were in the middle of reading our second choice of book. Which ever one we chose we all said how good the reads were. We felt that ‘Sing, Unburied Sing’ was so enjoyable a couple of us stayed up nearly all weekend to finish the book in one long marathon. It was based on the life story of generations from one family. Others agreed that while ‘Out of The Gulags’ was an insightful and moving account of one lady’s life experience of being a prisoner of war, for a number of years, it was not a light nighttime read. Some felt it made you ponder on life and made you thankful for your own blessings.
For our next meeting we have decided to each select an autobiography to read individually and to share our choices at the next meeting which will be on Friday 4th January 2019.
Please come and join us. You do not have to have read or even finish reading the chosen book(s). it’s just a really informal group meeting were we chat about our reading selections throughout the month. We may even talk about everything and anything!!
We look forward to welcoming you at our next meeting.
Happy New Year Book Lovers
Even with the Christmas holiday period upon us we all managed to read our chosen autobiographies with great enjoyment! We chose autobiographies as none of us had actually read one. It was apparent at our meeting that even though we had all select different personalities from actors, naturalist, sportsman and war reporters we were all surprised about how much we enjoyed reading about our chosen celebrity. Through our discussions the one thing that all the celebrities had in common was the fact that they had started their professional life in different careers and their chosen path had lead them to where they are today.
I think it’s safe to say that, given the choice, we would all choose to read another autobiography. Especially after hearing about the different personalities; it was a great way to whet the appetite for future reading.
Our chosen book this month is ‘FRANKENSTEIN’ the classic from Mary Shelly.
Our next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday 13th February at 8pm. Penny has kindly offered to host the evening so if you would like to join us please let us know and we can give you the details. You do not have to read the book or even have finished reading the book it would just be lovely to have you join us and who knows you could be nominating our next choice!
Well how surprised were we by this months selected classic read, Frankenstein by Mary Shelly.
A resounding ‘Wow what an amazingly great read this book was’. We all loved it, to say the least. It’s an instinctive reaction to think that this story is about a monstrous, blood and gore tale but it really isn’t. Without spoiling the plot we all felt it was a raw emotional tale of two significant characters whose life was a consequence of the other’s actions.
This book showed that this is what a book club is all about. Selecting and reading different genres of books that engage you in an unexpected and unforeseen way.
To sum up this book…’Absolutely marvellous’ – once you got past the initial start!
We welcomed a member to the book club this month who helped us select our new read ‘The Heart is a Lonely Hunter’ by Carson McCullers.
The next meeting will be on Wednesday 27th March at 8pm. Please request details of the meeting venue.
We look forward to you joining us.
Although we all felt the story line never went anywhere for all of the characters incorporated within ‘The Heart is a Lonely Hunter’ the book did evoke a lengthy discussion regarding individual characters. We felt that for certain characters we were left wondering what happened to them and why. We would have like certain events to have been expanded upon.
So overall not a challenging read the story line did have a good debating aspect!
This month we used a random number to select a book from the BBC 100 Books to Read Before You Die List (Feb 19) which turned out to be Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. We have also selected a member’s recommendation of ‘A Gentleman in Mexico’ by Amor Towles.
It is really is a personal choice to read both books but such a great opportunity to read diverse genres which makes a great evening of discussion and inspiration to try a different style of reading. Thank you ladies for all of your wonderful suggestions.
Our next meeting is scheduled for 8pm on Wednesday May 8th at Sue’s. All members are very welcome but lease let us know before the event.
Good Afternoon Book Clubers
I though that that some of you maybe interested in a local event hosted by Friends of Molesey Library;
Meet the Author Event – Wednesday 24th April 2019 @ 7.30 pm – HARRIET SANDYS
author of ‘Beyond the Last Blue Mountain’
Harriet will talk her experiences as a young woman from a sheltered and privileged background who she set off alone to find out more about the plight of Afghan refugees displaced by the Soviet invasion. Determined to do something about the refugees’ dire situation, she set up a small silk weaving project for illiterate Turkmen refugees, and was sent by UNESCO to Mazar-i-sharif to work with Afghanistan’s last remaining silk ikat weavers. During those years she was arrested by the KHAD, narrowly missed being blown up, survived acute bacterial meningitis in a Kabul hospital, and rescued an abandoned pi-dog puppy who became her devoted companion.
At the end of the first Gulf War Harriet travelled with the Peshmerga in the newly-liberated Iraqi Kurdistan. Then in 1994 she joined a group of unemployed builders and decorators driving convoys of food and aid from Croydon to the Muslim enclaves in Bosnia Herzegovina.
Harriet continues to raise money for charity through her business selling oriental textiles and remains friends with the refugees she helped in Afghanistan
Please purchase tickets from the Library priced at £5 per person. FML would be very grateful if you could buy your tickets in advance as this really helps them to plan for the event.
(Information taken from the Surrey Library website)
If you do attend we would love to hear about your evening.
Good Morning Book Lovers
At our last meeting we found that some of us had read both books while others had read one or the other which is a great aspect of our group as there is no pressure to read either or both selected reads. Our choices are for enjoyment purposes not endurance!! Some members persevered and completed reading the two books.
Tale of Two Cities, which was randomly selected from the BBC 100 books to read before you die was a challenge, for those that did persevere, found that they enjoyed the book and characters; giving an insight to social and political living of the time.
A Gentleman In Moscow, again, was read by some who enjoyed the story of life changing circumstances and endurance of one man, a poet. The author gave a comprehensive insight into Russia and its political changes based around Count Alexander Rostov, who was under house arrest, based in the Metropol Hotel, following his “conviction” by a Bolshevik tribunal. Following the publication of one of his poems he was convicted of being an unrepentant aristocrat and was deprived of his wealth by the new Bolshevik regime. The story evolved around his life changes circumstances and those around him.
This time we have chosen two ‘lighter’ reads which are ‘The Rosie Project’ by Graeme Simsion and ‘Gentleman and Players’ by Joanne Harris.
Happy reading all.
Good Morning Book Worms
Another month were we all enjoyed reading our selected titles ‘The Rosie Project’ by Graeme Simsion and ‘Gentleman and Players’ by Joanne Harris. Both books were unanimously liked by the group; a touch of intrigue, suspense and affection towards the characters in both books.
This month we have chosen another two books; ‘Take Nothing with You’ by Patrick Gale and ‘An American Marriage’ by Tayari Jones (winner of the women’s fiction award for 2019).
We choose two books to give us a choice of reading. Not all books chosen appeal to everyone which makes an enjoyable evening of discussion as some read one or both.
Following the influence that ‘Frankenstein’ had on us, next month we are going to select a sci-fi plus a children classic book to give us another new genre to explore…watch this space!
Our next meeting is scheduled for 8pm on Wednesday 21st August. Please feel free to join us.
Again, this meeting we all stated how we have enjoyed reading the books selected for our group read; ‘An American Marriage’@ Tayari Jones and ‘Take Nothing with You’,’ @ Patrick Gale. Both authors were unfamiliar to all of us yet have sparked an interest in reading more of their books.
We have been very fortunate to have selected so many enjoyable reads that have pleased and challenged us. We have chosen books from a variety of genres that, for some, we would not have chosen as individuals.
The last couple of meeting we have nominated two books enabling us to personally decide which book we would prefer to read initially. This makes for interesting reviews at our meetings that can inspire us to read the remaining nominated book.
All members can nominate a book or two which we then, as a group, discuss and select from.
This month we have chosen ‘Little Fires Everywhere’ @ Celeste Ng and ‘West with the Night’ @ Beverley Markham.
We look forward to you joining us at our next meeting scheduled for October 23rd @ 8pm.
Good Morning Ladies
Having sampled Claire’s delicious snacks we reviewed our chosen books;
Little Fires Everywhere – an enjoyable read about a family who live an alternative life style that move to a community of established ‘traditions’. Based in an American town that actually exists; as researched by a couple of our members! A book we would recommend to read if you’re looking for a relaxed read.
West into the Night – a biopic tale we thought missed out lots of scenarios and periods of time we would have enjoyed reading about; left us wanting to know more. Having said that we did enjoy reading about Beverley’s adventurous and advantageous, again a touch of the ‘alternate, life style in a period of time when ‘women’ stayed at home.
Our next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday 15th January 2020. Please contact us for venue details.
We look forward to welcoming you to our ‘club’.
Opps cannot believe I haven’t posted anything since October!! Well we didn’t meet until after the New Year to review our selected books The Thirteenth Tale and The Good Menopause Guide. We all found The Thirteenth Tale fascinating with the different twists and turns, is it, isn’t it……….????
The Good Menopause Guide was informative for some with its hints and tips; too late for others!!!
Our next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday 26th February. Please request the details of where we are meeting. Our selected reads are; War Doctor, Surgery on the Front Line By David Nott and Queenie Malone’s Paradise Hotel by Ruth Hogan.
We look forward to you joining us at our next meeting. There are not rules to say that you have to read both book choices or even one of the books………..you will be drawn in though! The great thing about our Book Club is that not only have we have read some fabulous books, that we would not have naturally chosen, but the general chit chat that the books lead on to.
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