Yesterday saw the February meeting of our 3rd Wednesday Book Club here at Nowra Library. This month’s theme was Love or Laughter- LOL- to tie in with the National Year of Reading’s Love2Read theme for this month, Laugh.
We’re not bossy (often) and so we don’t force our book club members to read within the themes we set each month; that would be rude. No, we run with more of a mixed-bag kind of feeling at our meetings, and, as a result, there’s always a nice assortment of books to discuss. Yesterday we ended up with some very funny reads, and some that were decidely not funny. In any case, it didn’t matter- tea was poured, conversation flowed, and we got through a heap of books. Here they are:The Sixth Key by Adriana Koulias Arabesques by Robert Dessaix You or Someone Like You by Chandler Burr Instances of the Number 3 by Sally Vickers Trieste and the Meaning of Nowhere by Jan Morris The Absolutist by John Boyne Friendship Bread by Darien Gee (a ‘cozy’ book) Slouching Towards Bethlehem by Joan Didion Empire Day by Diane Armstrong Her Father’s Daughter by Alice Pung Ghost Platoon by Frank Walker Blackbird by David Brooks The Sawdust in My Shoes by Dolly Lennon The Help by Kathryn Stockett Ghostheart by Roger Jon Ellory ‘Captivating’ Remarkable Creatures by Tracey Chevalier The Dry Grass of August by Anna Mayhew The Girl with Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson The Land of Painted Caves by Jean M. Auel The Marx Sisters by Barry Maitland Candlemoth by Roger Jon Ellory The Big Score by Peter Corris The Primal Yoke by Tom Lee The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams The Lake Wobegon books by Garrison Keillor The New Zealand Trilogy by Maurice Shadbolt Comeback by Peter Corris High Fidelity by Nick Hornby Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott The Book Thief by Markus Zusak Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Wicked Bestiary by David Sedaris
The eternal question- to finish or not to finish?- was also raised. How many pages do you give a book before you ditch it? Five? Ten? Fifty? Should we waste time on books that just don’t ‘grab’ us? The answer remains a mystery- it’s a personal choice, after all- but some words of wisdom shone through: it all depends on your mood and how you are feeling at the time, so often, it’s worth giving a highly recommended book another attempt a little later. Sometimes, the problem lies not in the book, but in the person who’s reading it.
Most Talked About Reads
Ghostheart by Robert Jon Ellory The Absolutist by John Boyne
Arabesques by Robert Dessaix Ghost Platoon by Frank Walker
Slouching Towards Bethlehem The Sawdust in My Shoes
by Joan Didion by Dollie Lennon
by Tracey Chevalier
Chocolat by Joanna Harris
The Land of Painted Caves by Jean M.Auel
The Wonderful Country by Tom Lee
Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons
And, to end – the Oscar Wilde short story in which the ghost tries to scare the family without success is called The Canterville Ghost. It was the first of Wilde’s stories to be published, appearing in the magazine The Court and Society Review in February 1887. It was later included in a collection of short stories entitled Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime and Other Stories in 1891.