RICHMOND BOOK CLUB
- Our book discussion meetings are on the third Wednesday of every month.
- Occasionly we will have other book related meetups. If you have any ideas please let Christina or Chelsea know.
- We rotate the venue for the book discussions from Southside(Huguenot/Robius), The West End and The Fan/Downtown.
- Thanks to our Sponsor Christina Horswell, REALTOR with Long and Foster, it's free! There is no fee involved in joining the club or attending the events.
HOW DO WE PICK THE BOOKS?
Each month we read a book from a different theme/genre. At the book discussion a member will volunteer to select a genre that has not already been used this year. They will then select three books from within that genre and all the members will have a chance to vote for their favorite. The choices will be announced via email and the message board the Monday before the prior month's meetup.
All members have until the end of that week, Friday 1pm to vote for their favorite using the Poll on the meetup site. We read the book that gets the most votes! The voting is anonymous and you can also change your vote. Once the poll closes the result will be emailed and also posted on the web.
This method of book selection ensures we read a variety of books and at the same time all the members get to be involved in each selection MESSAGE BOARD
Please check the MESSAGE BOARD
regularly and feel free to start a discussion or join in an ongoing one. Not everyone can always make the meetup so we encourage you to use the MESSAGE BOARD
to talk about the books.
Please no promotion of businesses on our message board. Meetup is not free to the organizer so unless you are willing to sponsor the group - no advertising. If you are an author and would like to let the group know about your new book please reply to this post on the message board.WHO JOINS RICHMOND BOOK CLUB?
An interest in books and living somewhere in the Richmond area are probably the only characteristics all the members share. We are a very diverse group, we have recent grads, retirees and every age in between, married, single, work, don't work, have kids, no kids etc.. Not surprisingly this diversity does not stop at our taste in books. WHY SHOULD YOU JOIN RICHMOND BOOK CLUB
- To meet new people, make new friends and be part of the best book club in town!
- To read a variety of excellent books, some you would never have even picked up.
- To share your reading experiences in some fun, enlightening and interesting book discussions
Of course you can choose to read only the books you are interested in but I think everyone would agree that reading books outside your normal genre is one of the factors that keeps it interesting and really is the spirit of a book club. WHAT TO EXPECT AT THE BOOK DISCUSSIONS
Firstly if it is your first time to a book discussion expect to be made very welcome, everyone remembers what it is like to be the new person.
We try to arrange the seating in such a way that we can all see and hear each other so that nobody feels left out of the discussion.
We do not take ourselves too seriously our book discussions are very relaxed, this is not like school. Although we do have good quality discussions, some of the members are incredibly well read and smart!
The venues we choose always serve coffee, sodas, food, wine and beer. Most members eat dinner at the discussions if you do not want to eat please purchase a drink at least. Our venues are usually restaurants and therefore it is expected that you are buying something.
What if you did not finish the book or start it, can you still come?
Yes! But be aware we will spoil the ending for you and if you did not read it at all you will have to sit through quite a lot of book talk.
BOOKS WE HAVE READ
- Power of One, Bryce Courtenay.
- In Cold Blood, Truman Capote. Discussion.
- A Fine Balance, Rohinton Mistry. Discussion
- Chill Factor, Sandra Brown. Discussion.
- The Stolen Child, Keith Donahue. Discussion.
- Manhunt, James. L. Swanson. Discussion.
- The Know-it-All, AJ Jacobs Discussion.
- The Devil in the White City, Erik Larson. Discussion.
- Love and Other Near Death Experiences, Mil Millingtion. Discussion.
- Reading Lolita in Tehran , Azar Nafisi Discussion.
- Geek Love Katherine Dunn, Discussion.
- Feast of Snakes Harry Crews, Discussion.
- A Walk in the Woods, Bill Bryson. Discussion.
- Pompeii: A Novel, Robert Harris. Discussion.
- Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood, by Alexandra Fuller
- The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett
- Ivanhoe, Sir Walter Scott
- Lullaby, Chuck Palahniuk
- Random Family: Love, Drugs, Trouble, and Coming of Age in the Bronx, Adrian Nicole LeBlanc
- Absolute Friends, John Le Carre
- Agent Zigzag: a true story of Nazi espionage, love and betrayal, Ben Macintyre
- The Hungry Tide, Amitav Ghosh
- The book Thief, Markus Zusak
- The Road, Cormac McCarthy
- Avoiding Prison and other Noble vacation Goals, Wendy Dale
- The Great Santini by Pat Conroy
- Naked by David Sedaris
- The Man in the High Castle by Philip Dick
- Rise to Rebellion by Jeff Shaara
- My Horizontal Life: A Collection of One-Night Stands Chelsea Handler
- What the Dead should Know by Laura Lippman
- March by Geraldine Brooks
- The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeannette Walls
- Mystic River by Dennis Lehane
- Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
- Washington Square by Henry James
- The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follet
- The Liar by Stephen fry
- Into The Wild by Jon Krakauer
- Oscar and Lucinda by Peter Carey
- Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
- World War Z by Max Brooks
- The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larson
- Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
- Naked by David Sedaris
- The Handbook for Lightning Strike Survivors by Michele Young-Stone
- Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
- His Majesty's Dragon (Temeraire, Book 1) by Naomi Novik
- Lady Chatterly's Lover D H Lawrence
- The Strain by Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan
- Cataloochee by Wayne Caldwell
- The Pickup by Nadine Gordimer
- The Room by Emma Donoghue
- The Moviegoer by Walker Percy
- High Crimes by Joseph Finder
- The particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender
- Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
- Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
- A Morbid Taste for Bones by Ellis Peters
- The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
- The Rembrandt Affair by Daniel Silva
- Blood of Flowers, Anita Amirrezvani
- 11-22-63, Stephen King
- Sin in the Second City, Karen Abbott
- Let the great world spin by Colum McCann
- The Walk by Richard Paul Evans
- The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton
- They Eat Puppies Don't They? by Christopher Buckley
- The Giver by Lowis Lowry
- The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker
- Replay by Ken Grimwood
- Big Driver by Stephen King
- The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
- A long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah
- The Keeper of Lost Causes by Jussi Adler-Olsen
- The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan
- The Passage by Justin Cronin
- Nefertiti: A Novel by Michelle Moran
- The Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnson
- Where did you go Bernadette by Maria Semple
- In The Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson
- Snow in August by Pete Hamill
- Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
- The Drop by Michael Connelly
- Welcome to the Monkey House by Kurt Vonnegut
- Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman
- Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
- Marjorie Morningstar by Herman Wouk
- Absolute Power by David Baldacci
- American gods by Neil Gaiman
- Kill by Numbers by Harvey Tate
- The House at Sugar Beach by Helene Cooper
- American Rust by Philip Meyer
- While Beauty Slept by Elizabeth Blackwell
- Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier
- The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
- The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
- The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
- The Girl With All The Gifts by M.R. Carey