Friday, 17 January 2014

The Year in Books: January


I used to belong to a village bookclub that met once a month; we had a lovely group, though to be honest some months there was less book discussion and more drinking wine and chatting. But it was a happy hour or two out, with good company and some interesting reading.

Times change and while the book group is still going, the crowd that were in it when I was no longer attend; the dynamic changed, the books became very serious and I was finding that more often than not I hadn't read them, so I stopped.

Laura's idea for an informal online reading group appealed to me enormously. We get to choose what we read, and how we write about it. Our only commitment is to try to read one book per month, Surely I can manage that?

So, my choice for this month is the Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler. No, it isn't great literature, but I am enjoying it and I am actually reading again, and for now I am happy with that much.


22 comments:

  1. I'm either an avid reader or I don't read much for a while. The best books I've enjoyed recently are The Book Thief, The Universe versus Alex Woods and, last year, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry (with some fluffy Jill mansells thrown in for good measure!!) Xx

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  2. I think it's important to read some less worthy books to keep the reading wheels lubricated. It's supposed to be pleasurable, after all!

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  3. I also think it's important to stop reading a book if you are not enjoying it. I was in a book club years ago and gave up on nearly every book that was chosen before admitting that I was only going for the wine.
    I'm reading Rebecca at the moment.

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  4. I stopped going to book club after almost of year of admitting I hadn't read the book............ I am enjoying Laura's one a lot. I enjoyed your book too and now I'm currently rereading the Hobbit.

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  5. I've joined the mumsnet book club this year, to start reading at least one book a month and something different from what I may normally choose. Normally read magazine, Sunday papers and books I buy for holidays when I can just lie down and read for hours on end.

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  6. I enjoyed the Jane Austen Book Club when I read it last year, hope you do too. I'd love to belong to a book group, but the one where I live is a bit serious, meets in the library and I'd rather a more friendly place and less seriousness. The idea of tea and cake and chat about books appeals. Maybe I should use my space in the village magazine to test the waters?
    Greetings from Norfolk on a gloomy Saturday.

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  7. Oh no, I regret to inform you I will be unable to attend this month's book club as I hated that book. To the extent that I never actually finished it. There was something gratey (it is so a word) about it. But I shall be following avidly to find out the next book.

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  8. I belong to a bookclub that meets once a month in the pub and although I've struggled through the last couple of books I always enjoy the evening. And we've some good books coming up. I like to try and read some of my own choicers too though so I may join in.

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  9. I don't think it matters what you read as long as you enjoy it.Some of my friends belong to a book club near me but it's too full on for me, you have to suggest 3 books when it's your turn to choose and explain why you are proposing them. I couldn't stand the pressure!
    I buy books at the weekly jumble so read a rather eclectic mixture of other people's cast offs for 30p each.

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  10. It's a great idea. A book club always sounds like fun. I'm looking for a knitting group at the moment, but they're not easy to find locally. I hope you enjoy your book.

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  11. Yes, I thought it was good fun too.

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  12. Hello! I've joined up with the Year in Books project and it's good to find you here. I'm always on the look out for recommendations so I'll be interested to find out what you think of this month's book.
    Penny

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  13. I was in a book club that had the dopey rule that you could only choose a book that you hadn't read yet when it was your turn to choose the book for the group: we read one awful book after another...

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  14. I'm so glad that you are joining me! That looks like a perfect book to enjoy with a cuppa. xx

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  15. Sounds like a top idea to me, though not sure I could keep it up. I read Dandelion Soup by Babs Horton and was blown away by it. So now reading, make that trying to read, A Jar full of Angels. Ummm, not too sure but then I cant stop reading it so it must have something. Be interested to hear your thoughts when you finish yours.

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  16. Just why I joined up, less rules, less pressure, although wine and chat always a good thing in the right company. Can't wait to to read all the reviews and find yet more books to add to the pile.
    Lisa

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  17. Gosh, I need to do something like that! I used to belong to a great book club, but their tastes changed and rather than reading more serious stuff, they seemed to go to the more frivolous. And I just wanted more classics and historical fiction, so I dropped out. Sadly though, I need that motivation to keep reading, as I haven't read a whole lot since then. Too many fun things to sew and knit I guess! Your book looks like great fun -- especially with a cup of tea!

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  18. I'm on board for the same reasons of flexibility as you and read this book a while ago and recall enjoying it so do have fun.
    http://gonebeading.blogspot.co.uk

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  19. I go to an English Book Club once a month where we all read a book from our amassed collection and review it. It's not serious but a lot of fun and chat, and we all read at least one book a month!

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  20. I started a reading group 10 years ago but as time and people have moved on the dynamics have very much changed, I'm only just hanging in there now! We've had a series of rubbish reads too.

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  21. Oh I like this book - oddly I read it at a book club I used to attend (and like yours, was more wine and chatting in those days) - hope you enjoy the rest :)

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  22. That's exactly what happened to me ... book clubs that were fun can change so much as people come and go. That said I've just posted about my non-fiction Year of Books choice for February ... but it has fairy tales, it can't be that serious!

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