The lure of being a member of a reading group is not only to sit in a cosy corner and read a book; it is also the possibility of meeting with other avid readers and discussing the book(s) you have read and hear what they have got out of the book. It is as well the chance to be adventurous and move out of your comfort zone and read books that you would never have dreamt of picking up.
For our first meeting after the summer break we had read three books:
The Disappearance of Emily Marr by Louise Candlish (first published in 2013). Ms Candlish is an award-winning British author with 13 books to her name. CRG’s verdict: Emily was used as a scapegoat – why is it always the woman in an extramarital affair that gets the blame? A bit boring, but we did not see it coming that Emily lived with her lover and the woman in France was the stalker. Good that mental issues are out in the open.
My Sister’s Lies by SD Robertson (first published in 2019). Mr Robertson is educated as a journalist and My Sister’s Lies is his fourth novel. CRG’s verdict: Predictable and easy to see that the writer is a male as the story lacked depth. Boring; as the story was dragged out.
Blood Sisters by Barbara & Stephanie Keating (The first in the Langani trilogy; first published in 2005). Two Irish sisters born in Kenya and whose seamless writing makes it impossible to tell where one finishes and another begins. CRG’s verdict: Strong character portrayal and great descriptions of the Kenyan landscape and wildlife. This first book gave a taste to read the next two books.
For our October meeting we will be reading Why Mummy Doesn’t Give a ****! by Gill Sims (the story of a frustrated, newly divorced mum-of-two) and The Old Drift by Namwali Serpell (a novel sweeping over the years and the globe, starting on the banks of the Zambezi River).
We meet every first Thursday of the month between 2pm and 4pm in The Social Centre, Camposol B. Everyone is welcome; the only requirement is that you like to read and enjoy meeting other readers. Next meeting is Thursday 3rd October. You can also follow us on Facebook. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.