Book Section (meets 2nd Wednesday of each Month@ 8.30)
Next Meeting : Christmas Book Club – please note change of date from 11th to 4th . A few festive nibbles would be a lovely addition.
Wednesday December 4th – Little Women by Louisa May Alcott – led by Liz
Wednesday 8 January 2014 – Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter – led by Catherine Foster
Wednesday 12 February 2014– The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak – led by Michele Stone
September’s book is The Spider Truces by Tom Connolly which will be led by Hilary and the book for October is Instruction for a Heatwave by Maggie O’Farrel which was Jeni’s choice.
Wednesday 10th April – The Death of Bees by Lisa O’Donnell – chosen by Michelle Stone
Wednesday 8th May – All the Beggars Riding by Lucy Caldwell – chosen by Anne Cavan
I have been promised some free tickets to see Lemn Sissay on 17th April so if anyone is interested please let me know. You can see his TED talk on http://www.ted.com/talks/lemn_sissay_a_child_of_the_state.html
Wednesday 12 September @ 8.30pm
A Perfectly Good Man by Patrick Gale – suggested by Catherine Foster
Wednesday 1October 10th – Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal by Jeanette Winterson – suggested by Jeni
Wednesday 8 August – Rules of Civility by Amor Towles – suggested by Michelle Stone
July Book Club – Congratulations to everyone who read 22.11.63, the mammoth book reccommended by Heather – we all seemed to agree that it was not a book we would normally have gone for but all glad that we did – a really good read.
March Book for review - ‘When God Was a Rabbit’ by Sarah Winman.
The book for April is ‘The Language of Flowers’ by Vanessa Diffenbaugh.
As you are all book lovers and will easily be reading or recommending 20 books over the next year would you please sign up to our new campaign on www.booktrust.org.uk/Bookstart20 .It would be really great if you could include a photo and then you would be on our pledge wall with lots of authors and celebrities – Michael Morpurgo, Colleen Rooney, Jeffrey Donaldson - how diverse can you get!
Many thanks, Liz
February review : Freedom by Jonathan Franzen : Great discussion
Last time we struggled to think of future titles so ma, ybe we could all have a think about books we have read and enjoyed. Has anyone read ‘The Language of Flowers’ by Vanessa Diffenbough? It appeals to me but I haven’t read it yet.
The group met on Wednesday January 11th at 8.30. Sandra led the discussion on The Kashmir Shawl by Rosie Thomas.
Great Book review in December – very festive !
Book for December’s Review : A good suggestion (thank you, Jo) is that we go for the Man Booker Prize winner – ‘The Sense of Ending’ by Julian Barnes. At least then we will have some idea of what all the controversy was about. I think it is half price on Amazon at the moment as well. Hope that sounds OK with everyone.
Wednesday 11th January – The Kashmir Shawl by Rosie Thomas. Discussion to be led by Sandra Thompson
November had another solid turnout
Wednesday 9th November – How many miles to Babylon, Jennifer Johnston – Heather to lead on this
July, August, Sept, Oct, all had great attendances
Wednesday 14th September – Let the Great World Spin, Colum McCann – Jenny to lead on this
Wednesday 12th October – The Road, Cormac McCarthy – Pauline to lead on this – chosen by Liz Canning
June Update : Great attendance :The Believers, Zoe Heller
May Update : Regular attendees had a valuable review of May’s book – Room, by Emma Donoghue
April Update : Excellent discussion held on April’s book with good attendance
March Update : We were very organised at the last meeting and chose books for the next three months – please see below:
April 13th – The hand that First Held Mine , Maggie O’Farrell – chosen by Michelle Hill
May 11th – Room, Emma Donoghue – chosen by Catherine Foster
June 8th – The Believers, Zoe Heller – chosen by Liz Canning
February Update: ( Book club 1 year old 1)
We had a great turn out last Wednesday and South of Broad certainly gave us plenty to talk about!
Audrey has chosen the book for March – ‘The Help’ by Kathryn Stockett and Michelle suggested ‘The Hand that first held Mine’ by Maggie O Farrell for April so we can all go to the library or buy them and start reading!
I checked out Larne and Carrick cinemas to see if they were showing ‘Never Let Me Go’ by Kazuo Ishiguro but nothing listed for the next two weeks so I will keep checking and hopefully a few of us will go along to see that. I loved the book but hate Kiera Knightly so will have to see if I enjoy the film.
from Catherine Foster : It was decided at the January meeting that we will leave Freedom by Jonathan Franzen until it is available in paperback (unfortunately this will not be until 1 Sept). It was to be the book for March so we will need to review that next month?
Philippa has chosen for February’s choice ‘South of Broad’ by Pat Conroy. This is available on Amazon at £5.89, used copies from £3.02, and dont forget our local library.
Hoping others will share their personal love stories next month! See you all then
Update: Wednesday 12 January @ 8.30pm
The book for January : Random Acts of Heroic Love by Danny Scheinmann. Good turnout and discusssion
Update : December 2010
This months book is Michael Crawford’s autobiography ‘Parcel Arrived Safely Tied With String’ chosen by Denise.
Many haven’t finished it but will still be there to enjoy the discussion, wine and mince pies.
Update : October / November 2010
Book Club met to discuss the books for these months- another good turnout.
Update : Sept 2010
Book Club met to talk about Jenny’s chosen book – So Many Ways to Begin by Jon McGregor. Good attendance of approx 12 : October’s book is To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee.
Update : August 2010
Kiss the Girls, was reviewed by a good turnout of over 15 readers !
Update : July 2010
Just a quick reminder that the next meeting of the Book Club is at 8.30 on Wednesday 11th August. The book chosen by Sara Carse is ‘Kiss the Girls’ by James Patterson. September’s book is ‘So Many Ways to Begin’ by Jon McGregor and chosen by Jeni McAughey – meeting date is Wed 8th.
Update: April 2010 (approx 18 attendees)
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson discussed with great gusto !
Next Monthly meeting – Wednesday 12th May and the book to be
discussed is Sacred Hearts by Sarah Dunant. The book choice for June is Testimony by Anita Shreve. Meeting date :Wednesday 9th June
Update: March 2010 (approx 16 attendees)
Just a quick reminder that the Book Club will meet at 8.30 this Wednesday in the Yacht Club.
This months book is Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert and it promises to be an interesting discussion as we all seem to have different opinions so far. Please come along even if you haven’t finished the book and tell us why!
The book for April is The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson so if you can’t make it this Wednesday we look forward to seeing you at the April meeting on Wednesday 14th.
Update: February 2010 (approx 15 attendees)
Just a quick reminder about the Book Club meeting on Wednesday. I hope that you have all enjoyed ‘The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas’ and are bursting to share your comments and opinions! If you haven’t read it – there is still time as it is very short or come along anyway and hear what others have to say.
Next month’s book has already been chosen – Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert.
Looking forward to seeing all you Booklovers on Wednesday!
Update: 14 January 2010
Thank you for your interest in setting up a Book Club in Co Antrim Yacht Club. It was great to see so many book lovers gathered together. I really enjoyed listening to what everyone else reads and am determined to widen my horizons so that I can learn more about crime and Swedish society! For those of you that couldn’t make it last night we hope to see you next time.
We agreed the following would work well for us as a group:(15 attendees)
|Meet in the Yacht Club on the second Wednesday of each month at 8.30 ie 10th Feb, 10th March, 14th April, 12th May, 9th June etc|
|Take it in turns to choose and lead the discussion on a book for the month.|
|We are open to all types of books but they should be both reasonable and accessible – from the library, Amazon, Tesco etc|
|Have a small selection of books in the club to allow us to swop around on a ‘put one in and take one out’ basis. If you would like your book back it would be better to lend to an individual and make this clear at the time|
|The book for February is ‘The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas’ by John Boyne. Chosen by Liz Canning. It is on offer in Tescos for £1.75 at the moment|
|The Book for March is ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ by Elizabeth Gilbert. Chosen by Catherine Foster|
If I have missed anything out or got anything wrong please let me know. I am really looking forward to the next time we get together.
“When we come together for the first time next Wednesday (13 January) we
can agree when and how often we wish to meet and how we select the books
for the group to read and discuss.
As a starting point, I suggest that everyone brings along one or two
books that they have read and enjoyed in the past to get a general
discussion going about different types of books, authors etc. We will
then choose a book to read before the next meeting.
I think it should be good fun and that we should be able to attract a
few new people to this group.