Book Circle One
Led by Barbara, we meet on the second Wednesday of each month in members' houses. Every four months members choose books from the West Sussex Library catalogue of books available for groups. As the libraries' funding has been cut, there is a more limited selection, and a member may not be able to present his or her first choice. Examples of books discussed in recently are:
Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker. Generally felt to be a well written book, but views were mixed. Some really disliked it, others found it OK and some found it good. However, we thought it was not Pat Barker's best work. Score of 2 on average.
Night Soldiers by Alan Furst. We all felt that this was an exceptionally well written book, viewing WWII from the perspective of Eastern Europe and Russia. It was also felt to be complex and difficult at times to follow and would benefit from a second reading. Score of 4.5 on average.
Step-by-Step by Simon Reeve. Mostly felt to be entertaining and with interesting descriptions of some very out of the way places - if you have seen the TV series, a bit like going over old ground. However, all felt he was charming company. Score of 4 on average.
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman, which was found to be charming and irritating in about equal measures but the structure of the book, moving from the past to the present chapter by chapter, was very effective in understanding the protagonist Ove. Overall 3 rating.
In February we read Perfect by Rachel Joyce which was felt to be a very well written book but caused quite a differentiation of views, ranging from strong dislike to admiration, as you can tell from the ratings which ranged from 2.5 to 4.
For our March meeting, we read Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell and again quite a variety of opinions from much loved to rather boring. Ratings ranged from 3 - 4.5.
In April, we discussed The Salt Path by Winn Raynor and there was a split of responses between an average liking and other people really loving it.
For May, we are reading "Becoming Michelle Obama", and our books for June and July are "Blue Flower" by Penelope Fitzgerald and "Still Life" by Sarah Winman.
We currently have a full complement of 9 members, and in June we will be changing to the 4th Wednesday of the month.
We share transport whenever possible. Parking space can be limited, and some members appreciate the offer of a lift. As a courtesy, please advise the host if you are unable to attend a session.