End of summer; autumn in Spain started officially on 23rd September. Back to normality. Kids back to school and Camposol Reading Club back to monthly meetings.

The first meeting after the summer break was on 6th September; lively and full of laughter as usual. We followed our customary agenda and voted on the two books for October from a list of 9 interesting suggestions. The choice fell on;

The Zanzibar Wife by Deborah Rodrigues – this is a bewitching story of clashing cultures and conflicting beliefs, of secrets and revelations, of mystery and magic, by the author of the beloved international bestseller The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul

And The Montains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini – crossing generations and continents, moving from Kabul, to Paris, to San Francisco, to the Greek island of Tinos.  With profound wisdom, depth, insight and compassion, Khaled Hosseini writes about the bonds that define us and shape our lives, the ways in which we help our loved ones in need, how the choices we make resonate through history and how we are often surprised by the people closest to us.

September’s first book was The Fear BY C.L. Taylor. Cally Louise Taylor has been working herself up to become a full-time author since before the age of 8, touching psychology, admin and design on the way. Her first published works were romantic novels, but pregnant with her son she got the idea to try her hand on psychological thrillers. This has produced 5 stand-alone novels within the genre which have sold in the excess of a million copies.

Phew did the debate roll! The group was divided in two: ‘Hated the Book’, who in general felt that the flow and elements of the book did not make any sense and ‘Loved the Book’, who felt it was a perfectly paced thriller. The theme though, older men grooming young teenage girls, will send a chill down everyone’s spine. The manipulation and abuse associated will put the fear into any parent.

2nd of September’s books was The Year Of Surprising Acts Of Kindness by Laura Kemp. Laura Kemp appears to be her own lady, not adhering to either trends or political correctness. She is a journalist who became freelance as she cannot get up and ready in the morning to attend to a day-job.

Once more the group was split in two, but with reverse opinions. The book is a shamelessly romantic novel, but the ‘like-it’ group found that it was a true feel-good story. The opposition deemed it close to senseless, verbal diarrhoea. Points and counterpoints worded strongly, but with no animosity. Notwithstanding the segmentation of the group, the discussions were full of laughter and good-humoured reasoning.   

We meet every first Thursday of the month between 2pm-4pm in The Social Centre, Camposol B. The next meeting will be on Thursday 4th October. You can also follow us on Facebook, if you cannot do the meetings.

Please contact Chris Leiper on 968 199 441 or email chrisleiper1944@gmail.com for further information.