Book Club 1
SADLY, WE HAVEN'T BEEN ABLE TO MEET IN PERSON SINCE LAST MARCH BUT WE'VE BEEN ZOOMING. WE ARE HOPING TO MEET IN A MEMBER'S GARDEN IN MAY, COVID REGULATIONS AND WEATHER PERMITTING!
We are now full up with nine members as we meet in people's homes; also with this number everyone has a chance to say what they think. Coincidentally, nine is the most people you can fit on an iPad mini screen, so it works for Zoom too!
A second book club has been running for a year, on the 2nd Thursday of each month, with Heather Plummer as convenor. At some point we hope to think of more imaginative names than Book Club 1 and Book Club 2! Any suggestions?
Normally we meet from 2 to 4 pm on the 4th Thursday of each month in different members' homes and take turns in selecting three titles for the group to choose from. We sometimes choose books a month early so that if you have more time in one month you can get ahead if you want to. Currently we are doing the same on Zoom - minus refreshments!
If you click on the 'Reading List' link, you can see what we've read since the group started in 2014, and the choices for the next couple of months. You can choose whatever format suits you - download it, order a copy from your local library or buy/borrow a paperback. Abebooks, Amazon and charity shops have been used by members to buy books reasonably cheaply; it is well worth shopping around.
The aim of our book club is to enjoy discussing the month's book, have fun, and sometimes learn more about real events too. We also get to know each other better, through discussing the views in the books and where we stand on different issues, and chatting over tea or coffee. For anyone like me who had become lazy about reading, having a target date to finish a book has been great!
Occasionally we have arranged extra book-related activities apart from our regular meetings, e.g. film or theatre trips, exhibitions or a visit to a literary festival, but Covid thwarted our plans last year! We look forward to being able to get out and about again.
At the U3A General Meetings, when they are real not virtual, we host a free "Paperback Book Swap" table. You can find something new to read, or donate something that you've enjoyed from your own collection (or even something that you didn't!). Often we have plenty of books, and you can take one without bringing a swap; you're very welcome to browse.
We hope to meet outside on 27th May, but if the weather is wet, or the Covid stages don't go as planned, we will be Zooming. Our book will be 'Pigeon English' by Stephen Kelman.
Our book for April was 'The Pearl That Broke Its Shell' by Nadia Hashimi an Afghan American. All of us who read it thoroughly enjoyed it, well-written, with believable characters whose emotions and reactions we could relate to, even though their lives as Afghan women were totally outside our experience. Despite many difficult and distressing situations which the two main characters Rahima and Shekiba, faced in their lives a century apart, the ending for both of them gave hope.
The book for June is Harper Lee's 'To Kill a Mockingbird'. Most of us had read it in the past but chose it anyway because it's a great book!
If you want to know more, please use the icon on the right to send an email to the Group Convenor, Maureen Prince.