Tuesday, 7 April 2009

Book Groups

In a half-hearted attempt to grow up, in the literary sense, I joined the book group at work a year ago. A year ago, the only non-chicklit I'd read included Narnia and the Borrowers series.

The wisened souls of my book group have introduced me to some great titles: - 
  • A thousand splendid suns by Khalid Hosseni
  • The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid
  • On Chesil Beach by Ian Mc Ewin
As well as the downright weird: - 

  • The Handmaidens Tale by Margaret Atwood (eek! Crazy tale set in the future - women (if they're lucky) are selected to 'breed', or become un-women)
  • Death of the Heart by Elizabeth Bowen (Crazy tale of Portia who falls in love with cad and holidays in Dorset, The End)
The latest selection is 'When will there be good news' by Kate Atkinson. I've heard positive things about this one and I'm about to curl up in bed with it whilst the other half watches the Damned United in action.

I'm slightly scared of my fellow book group members (think old school secretary), so I won't be thrusting the shopaholic series on them in revenge if I don't enjoy Kate's novel! 


  1. I absolutely love Kate Atkinson's novels, and that's a good one! Mind you I'm a huge fan of the Shopaholic as well :o)

  2. It's good to broaden your literary horizons but maybe your group isn't quite ready for the brilliance of Sophie yet :-)

  3. I agree with Tam that it's good to broaden your reading horizons but there possibly some places that your group aren't ready to go yet. My friend belongs to a reading group and sometimes when she tells me the book that's been chosen all I can manage to say is "Oh." I've never heard of most of it and it's much too high brow for me.

  4. Totally agree with you all! Joined the Book Group for exactly that reason. We all need to get out of our comfort zones now and again!