Due to difficulty sourcing copies of ‘Secret Diary of a Call Girl’ by Belle De Jour our book for May will now be ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’ by Tracy Chevalier. At least three book club members have already read it, but I for one will be re-reading. It was my chosen book for World Book Night 2013 and I gave away most of my 40 copies yesterday. Great turn out for World Book Night Book Club meeting, seven members attended.
We gave away copies of Girl with a Pearl Earring to the hotel receptionist, and some hotel guests, and fellow lobby loungers. They were mostly well received. One girl said she hadn’t read a book for more than two years, so she was a perfect target audience. A man grumbled that there was no horse racing in it and his wife grumbled the print was too small, but they went off with a copy anyway. It was lovely to give away a book I had enjoyed so much when I read myself. I will be finding my own copy and re-reading it for May.
We discussed Gone Girl, everyone gave it 3, 4 or 5 stars, and the girls who hadn’t ready went home with borrowed copies, wanting to read it after our good reviews.
Sinéad chose our June book which will be The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce. Merle is up next to choose the book for July.
Happy reading folks.
Last meeting we suggested picking future books by choosing a number at random and doing the corresponding book from the 1001 books you must read before you die list. Thanks to Merle for doing the research on this.
First explaining the list is Wikipedia entry: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1001_Books_You_Must_Read_Before_You_Die
Then official website of list is: http://1001beforeyoudie.com/ it’s searchable and sortable and gives bit of information about book and author when you click on title but I thought doesn’t give an easy overview of the list, which is what you get on next link.
Seemingly there are 3 editions of the list and both times new titles have been added and some scrapped, this last link has supposedly all the books that have ever been chosen so there’s actually 1305 books on it : http://www.1morechapter.com/projects/1001-list/
Even if we don’t go with this idea it’s quite interesting to look through it.
We can discuss this more on Tuesday night anyway. Looking forward to the first book club of 2013.
The next few turns for picking books are:
Siobhán – December
Susan – January
Sarah – February
After that we can decide whether to start again with Anne-Marie, or do something different.
To date the choices were:
Anne Marie – Birdsong
Merle – Pigeon English
Jennie – Fifty Shades of Grey
Laura K – The Housekeeper and the Professor
Laura M – Boxer Beetle
Sinéad – Solace
Remember books are chosen two months ahead so Siobhán you’re up next.