3rd Wednesday Book Club- February

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

     

Remarkable Creatures
by Tracey Chevalier  

Honourable Mentions

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.

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