Was 'Year of Wonders' wonderful?

Cracking meet tonight; thanks to everyone who gave up relaxing in the garden on a beautiful evening to sit in a pub with me! It was great to meet so many new faces and I think we touched on pretty much every subject possible, proving literature has been written on all of life's subjects! Next month we're delving into some historical fiction, with Year of Wonders, by Geraldine Brooks. Here's the link with blurb:
http://www.amazon.co.... See you all next month, fellow Bibliophiles :) Steph

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Need to give a rating, so basing it on what others have said.

    August 7, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      The obscure comment above was related to the book. I have added a post in discussions with a few details on events I mumbled about today. Please add more.

      August 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Pleasure to meet you all, though a few too many naked men around. Thought I would type that, just to make people who were not here curious :)

    Hope to have the next book read in time.

    Jonathan

    August 7, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Testicles?

      August 7, 2013

    • Sarah

      Well, I was thinking more of the fact that they acted as a reminder of the vulnerability and fragility of the human condition which fitted with some of the themes of the book.....but, yeah, testicles. :-)

      3 · August 7, 2013

  • Monika

    Hi everyone, I have just joined the group. I'm looking forward to meeting you all soon :)

    August 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Unfortunately will not be able to make a meeting this evening but very much hope to be able to make other meetings. Loved ' Year of wonders' so I'm sure it will be an interesting meet- up and discussion.

    August 7, 2013

  • craig

    Hi due to work tomorrow and other plans will not be able to make tomorrow night sadly.but hope i can get along sometime soon.

    August 6, 2013

  • Stephanie H.

    Just to let you all know; I'm changing the way we choose the book, ever so slightly. There are those of you who can't make it tomorrow, but who I feel should still have a say in what we read next. So... Tomorrow, I will once again bring along with me four book choices, from a range of genres. There we can register votes of our favourite choice. Then, I will also announce the four choices on the site. Please then email me with your choice if you could NOT make the meet, and I will include the votes and announce the chosen book at the end of the week. Probably Friday or Saturday. How does everyone feel about that?

    Steph

    1 · August 6, 2013

    • suzy m.

      Sounds like a good idea

      August 6, 2013

  • Stephanie H.

    Hello everyone!!

    August 6, 2013

  • Rebecca F.

    Hi, I'm (finally) planning to attend my first meeting but as I've never been to the white cloth gallery I was just wondering is it obvious where I'll find the group? I get lost easily!

    August 5, 2013

    • Stephanie H.

      Hello, if you walk into the bar and go right through towards the back, we sit in the gallery. My number's[masked] if you get stuck and need me to meet you!

      August 5, 2013

    • Rebecca F.

      That's great thanks. Am looking forward to meeting everyone

      1 · August 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    will definitely attend, but I still have a few pages to go!

    1 · August 5, 2013

  • Beth A.

    I'm not going to be able to make it, I have to work late, sorry. Have a good one.

    August 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Was aiming to read this over the weekend, but a friend needed help and conversation. Alas, will not be able to start and finish this in time.
    Was looking forward to meeting everybody. See you all at the next symposium. Regards,
    Jonathan.

    August 5, 2013

    • Stephanie H.

      Hi Jonathan, thanks for the note- just so you know though: you're very welcome to come even if you've not even read a page... There are always new faces who haven't read it. We'll only spend half the session on the book, the rest is a free for all!

      1 · August 5, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thank you for being so welcoming... Will be there with a smile, and hopefully a little knowledge about the book. If over the next few days time is limited, will read the first and last thirty pages. Can then look forward to others filling in the gaps. J

      1 · August 5, 2013

  • Justine M.

    Finished it last night! Will be there on Wed but can only stay for hour. Looking forward to it after missing last one

    1 · August 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I might be going away but if not I'll come down. I've just finished Great Expectations and have started the Whistle Stop Cafe (books randomly left in the house that I have just bought, however I don't think I will read all the Dennis Wheatley books)

    August 4, 2013

    • Stephanie H.

      Hi Adrian, no problem, it will be good to see you if you make it! Fannie Flagg's a cracking author, hope you enjoy the book!

      August 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Loving the book : )

    1 · July 31, 2013

  • suzy m.

    Hi there, i will be attending and have ALMOST finished the book!
    Suzy

    1 · July 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Will be attending but won't be able to arrive till about 6:30/6:45, depending on what time I can get away from work.

    July 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Will try to read this in time. Could not find it in audible format, so may not finish it.

    If you are interested in plague historical books, the comedy writer Tom Holt wrote one I thoroughly enjoyed years ago. The walled garden. It is more about a playwriites struggles, but there are enough plague details in there to make you cringe.

    One of the few historical books I have read that made me feel that I knew the period much better after, and left me smiling.

    July 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I might not get there at 6.15 due to work, would it be OK if I'm a little bit late? I've just ordered the book! :-)

    July 21, 2013

    • Stephanie H.

      No problem, I don't punish tardiness!!

      July 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    As I have only just seen this, and won't have time to read the book in such a short space of time (currently reading gone girl!), will I still be ok to join, absorb the discussion, find out about the new book and start??

    July 21, 2013

    • Stephanie H.

      Hi Lisa, don't worry at all! We spend some time discussing the book but the rest is general chat (not always about literature, ha) so you're very welcome anytime :) Looking forward to meeting you. Steph.

      July 21, 2013

  • Angie S.

    I've started an acting course with Act Up North on Wed eve but the course may be finished by his date. I'll check out the book.

    July 20, 2013

  • Penny

    Hi hi hi Many apologies for my non-attendance last night but my time management skills need some attention and time ran away with me. I am also blaming the heat for affecting my brain (or was that the refreshing glass of prosecco?) So lots of apologies but am already loving the new book and keen to attend next month.

    Penny

    July 10, 2013

    • Stephanie H.

      Hi Penny, thanks for letting me know, just glad it was nothing serious that kept you away. Looking forward to catching up with you again next month.

      July 10, 2013

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