Book Club 1
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. A second book club has started 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?
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 choose books a month early so that if you have more time in one month you can get ahead if you want to.
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 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 arrange extra book-related activities apart from our regular meetings, e.g. film or theatre trips, exhibitions or a visit to a literary festival. In June, we plan to read 'Our Man in Havana' and see the production at The Watermill. We are also looking at going to hear Raynor Winn talk about her new book in Hungerford on 2nd May, as her book 'The Salt Path' was one of our choices last year. There is a talk by Gill Hornby about her book 'Miss Austen', at Newbury Library at 7 pm on Thursday 23rd April (Free, but ring the library to book a place.)
At the U3A General Meetings 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 are reading 'In the Dark' by Deborah Moggach for February, and 'The Diary of a Bookseller' by Shawn Blythell for March.
If you want to know more, please use the icon on the right to send an email to the Group Convenor.