Book Club 1
WE'RE NOT ABLE TO MEET AGAIN YET, BUT WE'VE STARTED ZOOMING!
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 screen, so it works for Zoon too!
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 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 arrange extra book-related activities apart from our regular meetings, e.g. film or theatre trips, exhibitions or a visit to a literary festival. Sadly the events we had planned to go to have been cancelled or postponed due to COVID19 - 'Our Man in Havana' at The Watermill, and talks at Newbury Library and Hungerford Bookshop
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 read 'The Diary of a Bookseller' by Shaun Bythell for March, and planned to read 'On Chapel Sands: My Mother and Other Missing Persons' by Laura Cumming, for April and 'My Sister, the Serial Killer,' by Oyinkan Braithwaite, for May. Life doesn't always go to plan!
For the first time, we met on Zoom at 2 pm on Thursday 28th May, had a general catch-up and talked about 'The Diary of a Bookseller'. When lockdown first kicked in, we planned to read the monthly books and then have a marathon discussion when we are all allowed out. We have realised that could be quite a while, that we may have forgotten all that we have read, and that we have got caught up in other things and are not up to date with the books!
On 25th June, 6 of us met on Zoom to talk about a psychological thriller 'The Flower Girls' by Alice Clark-Platts
We plan to continue Zooming on our normal 4th Thursdays - next one will be at 2 pm 23rd July, when we will be talking about 'And So It Begins' by Rachel Abbott.
If you want to know more, please use the icon on the right to send an email to the Group Convenor.