Back in April 2016, some friends and I started a book club. I don’t think any of us expected to keep it going for three years! We’re now firmly into our fourth season (we choose one book each per season) and are very much enjoying it.
My friend and fellow book-clubber Natalie has been keeping a record of what we’ve read and the scores we have given each book and the following blog is a amalgamation of my words and words and information from Natalie…
Book club has given us all opportunity to read things outside of our usual go to genre. We’ve had psychological thrillers, fantasy, post apocalyptic worlds, historical and non fiction. Through book group I personally have discovered a love for ‘who done it’ detective novels. I don’t know why I’d never read that type of book before because I love that sort of thing on tv!
We take it in turns to choose a book each season and then meet up after approx 6 to 8 weeks which gives us plenty of time to read each book without too much pressure.
Our meetings normally consist of dinner, drinks and general chatting for a few hours before realising that we’ve not actually talked about the book yet! Our best meeting took place on the beach while we were on a camping holiday in Cornwall – we dug a hole in the sand and all sat with our feet in it, discussing Us by David Nicholls. The book only got an average review but the location was lovely!
The four books I’ve chosen so far for book club have been…
I can’t remember where I heard about this book, but it was around the time that I discovered Minimalism and everyone was talking about getting hygge!
We all enjoyed reading it and until recently it was the highest scoring book at an average of 7.9 out of 10.
Phillip Pullman is my favourite author and His Dark Materials are my favourite books. I don’t generally re-read books, but I’ve read this trilogy four or five times and can’t wait for the second installment of The Book of Dust later this year.
I’d previously avoided reading his other books because I was scared I wouldn’t enjoy them as much and that it might taint my love of His Dark Materials (silly… I know). But last year I took the plunge and read his Sally Lockhart mysteries. I’m happy to say that I loved them.
Northern Lights got a fairly average review from the group but I’m pretty sure I gave it a ten!
The third book I chose (on the recommendation of Richard & Judy) was Together by Julie Cohen. I’m not putting a link for this one because I don’t want to recommend it… you’ve got better things to do with your time! (Sorry I made you read this book clubbers).
This is my fourth choice for book club and I haven’t started it yet so I can’t tell you much about it.
It was recommended by my friend Rebecka and I’m looking forward to reading it when I finish How Not to be a Boy by Robert Webb (not a book club book but I would recommend both this and How to be a Woman by Caitlin Moran… they work well together if you like that kinda thing).
Our highest scoring book to date is Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman. We unanimously loved this book and scored it at 8.9 out of 10 which might be a bit difficult to beat!
Anther popular book was Notes on a Nervous Planet by Matt Haig which we gave an 8.3 average.
Psychological thrillers have taken some low scores from us recently. Perhaps they’re becoming more predictable the more we read that genre or perhaps we’re just tired of the ‘big twist’ format?
Historical and fantasy books get our most varied reviews with with a love or hate reaction – but it makes the discussion interesting when when we disagree!
Book club has definitely encouraged us all to read more. it sparks discussion, expands understanding and knowledge, reduces stress and most importantly makes us plan time together in our ever busy lives.