Ross on Wye & District

Book Group 2

We meet on the third Wednesday of each month at 11am. Currently meeting outside in one member’s garden and on Zoom if weather unsuitable.

Book Group 2 (The Really Good Readers) currently has six or seven members. The session starts with tea, coffee and cake or biscuits. One book is chosen each month and then discussed - we talk about the story, the characters, the writing style, our likes and dislikes and the effect the book has had. There is no shortage of opinions and lively discussion follows.

A wide variety of books are chosen - biographies, thrillers, classic, historical and contemporary fiction. Members appreciate that the variety of books and genres can stretch and challenge them!

Here are the group’s ratings of the last few books:

September 2021 'Hamnet' by Maggie O'Farrell
This acclaimed novel is based on Shakespeare's family, the death of his son from plague and the creation of 'Hamlet'. It focuses on Shakespeare's wife and her abject grief. Maggie O'Farrell's writing is outstanding, her attention to detail and her perceptive descriptions are stunning. This book works at many levels and was highly rated by the group.
Satisfaction 9.5; Writing Style 10; Keep/ Charity shop - Keep; Overall 9.5

October 2021 The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver
Amusing, interesting and delightful novel about a young girl leaving Kentucky and her journey to Arizona. Along the way she is handed a baby Cherokee girl and asked to look after her as she is unsafe in Oklahoma. This unlikely situation develops and resolves as we become acquainted with Taylor, Turtle and new best friend Lou Ann. The book has apparently become a popular school classic.
Satisfaction 8; Writing Style 8; Keep/ Charity Shop - Keep; Overall 8

November 2021 My Sister The Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
A past-paced novel with vivid writing. It is dark, funny and sad and is more about family, abuse and loyalty than killing. The differing lengths of chapters was an interesting structure and had echoes of the writer’s short stories. The background of Nigerian culture, class and patriarchy is so different and quite shocking.
Satisfaction 8; Writing Style 9; Keep/charity shop - charity shop; Overall 8.5

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Ancient & Medieval History Armchair Opera
Art Group Book Group 2
Bridge Computer Club
Crafts Creating your Life Story
Creating your life story 2 Creating your life story 3
Crewel/Embroidery Cribbage
Crime Book Club Cryptic Crosswords
Current Affairs Current Affairs 2
Current Affairs 3 French Revisited
Genealogy Group Geology, Landscape & Industrial Heritage
Jewelry Making Joy of Gardening
Local History Local History 2
Mah Jong Modern World History
Music 2 Nature
Philosophy Photo Group
Play Reading Pub Lunches
Pub Walks Quiz Group
Rummikub Science
Scrabble SOLO Group
Spanish Conversation Tai Chi
Theatre Group Walking Group
Whist Writing for Pleasure
Yoga Group