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. If anyone wants to start another book club, that is always an option, and I would be happy to help you.
We meet from 2 to 4 pm on the 4th Thursday of each month at 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 read that and the following month's book 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. Members can suggest anything that might be of interest to the rest of the group. Sometimes we share book-related news by email between meetings. The Hungerford bookshop arranges events with authors and it's worth having a look at their website. Some of us plan to go to Marlborough LitFest; we are reading their Big Read choice, 'The Salt Path as our September book and can then hear the author talk about her book on the Sunday after the group has discussed it.
We enjoyed an evening out at New Era Players' production of 'The Anniversary' in early September.
At the U3A General Meetings on the second Friday of each month at Frank Hutchings Hall in Thatcham, 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 "The Salt Path" by Raynor Winn for September, and "Big Brother" by Lionel Shriver for October.
If you want to know more, please use the icon on the right to send an email to the Group Convenor.