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January Meetup

  • Jan 13, 2014 · 7:30 PM
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Thanks to everyone who came to our Christmas book club meetup. The meetup was very well attended and the books nominated made for very interesting discussions. The Circle scored a very high 75% but not enough to beat this year's highest scoring book which was Jane Austen's 'Pride and Prejudice' suggested by Sue, which scored an amazing score of 86%. The final leader board for the year can be found on our discussions board.

The books voted in for January are:

Hallucinations by Oliver Sacks (nominated by DL)

Have you ever seen something that wasn’t really there? Heard someone call your name in an empty house? Sensed someone following you and turned around to find nothing? Hallucinations don’t belong wholly to the insane. Much more commonly, they are linked to sensory deprivation, intoxication, illness, or injury. In some conditions, hallucinations can lead to religious epiphanies or even the feeling of leaving one’s own body. Humans have always sought such life-changing visions, and for thousands of years have used hallucinogenic compounds to achieve them. In this book, with his usual elegance, curiosity, and compassion, Dr Sacks weaves together stories of his patients and of his own mind-altering experiences to illuminate what hallucinations tell us about the organization and structure of our brains, how they have influenced every culture’s folklore and art, and why the potential for hallucination is present in us all, a vital part of the human condition.

The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle (nominated by Rachel)

"Mr Holmes, they were the footprints of a gigantic hound!"

The terrible spectacle of the beast, the fog of the moor, the discovery of a body: this classic horror story pits detective against dog, rationalism against the supernatural, good against evil. When Sir Charles Baskerville is found dead on the wild Devon moorland with the footprints of a giant hound nearby, the blame is placed on a family curse. It is left to Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson to solve the mystery of the legend of the phantom hound before Sir Charles' heir comes to an equally gruesome end. The Hound of the Baskervilles gripped readers when it was first serialised and has continued to hold its place in the popular imagination.

Other nominations where:

A Street Cat Names Bob - James Bowan
Rembrandt's Whore - Sylvie Matton
The Screwtape Letter - C.S. Lewis
Morven Caller - Alan Warner
Thunder dog - Michael Hingson
All Fun & Games Until Someone Loses an Eye - Christopher Brookmyre
No Wonder I Take a Drink - Laura Marney

I hope everyone has Happy's holidays and looking forward to seeing you all in the new year.

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  • irene m.

    Was the usual lively discussions, enjoyable. Have read the Rosie project, yesterday, was a feel good easy funny read, meant to keep it for the journey, whatever, see. You all in March

    January 16, 2014

    • Rachel H

      Thanks for coming. I hope you have a great trip to see your family in the southern hemisphere.

      January 16, 2014

  • Sally k.

    Hi Rachel. I have been trying to get to the book club for a few weeks now and getting frustrated that I can't get. My name was first in the waiting list. How can I get my name on quicker. I look at the info on a regular basis.? I noticed only 21 attended why I didn't get notification that I could attend ?

    January 14, 2014

    • Rachel H

      Hi Sally. I'm sorry you have been unsuccessful in getting onto this months meet up. We have to restrict the meetup to 25 people because of the size of the room and because we have found that too many people at a meetup hampers the discussion. The next meetup is general put online in the week of the previous meetup so look out for the announcement.

      January 14, 2014

    • Rachel H

      The reason that only 22 people attended the meetup was because a number of people signed up to attend and then failed to come to the meetup or cancell their RSVP. I am keeping a note of 'no-shows' and may remove people from the group if they do this a number of times. I hope to see you at a future meeting.

      January 14, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I didn't say much but really enjoyed hearing the conversation as it flowed and others contribution

    3 · January 13, 2014

    • Rachel H

      Thanks for coming Catherine. I didn't say much my first time. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

      1 · January 14, 2014

  • Janet M.

    Great first meeting and wonderful to meet readers who actually do read! Looking forward to next time.

    1 · January 13, 2014

    • Rachel H

      Thanks for coming Janet and well done getting your book nominated first time.

      1 · January 13, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    had a great night guys, got my books ready for the next night( the joy of kindle!!!)

    1 · January 13, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Migraine again.

    January 13, 2014

  • Ian T.

    I was supposed to be going, but I have a funeral to go to Monday, im sorry about the late notification

    January 12, 2014

  • Sally k.

    Happy new year everyone. Have put my name on waiting list for Monday. Hope I'll be able to get. Sally

    January 8, 2014

  • irene m.

    Hi, looking forward to seeing you all, happy new year and best wishes

    January 6, 2014

    • Rachel H

      Happy new year Irene. I hope you had a lovely holiday and looking forward to seeing you at the next meetup.

      January 6, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hoping to come along in February or March depending on my shifts at work.

    January 4, 2014

  • Kirsteen

    I'd love to come along one time, but the only time I can really guarantee availability is Sunday afternoon.

    December 23, 2013

  • christine l.

    as usual due to lack of computer have only just been able to rsvp . however hope to come along on monday the 13th . merry xmas everyone .

    December 17, 2013

  • Rona M.

    Looking forward to the book club as it was my last years new years resolution to join a club and its only taken me to now!

    1 · December 15, 2013

  • Janet M.

    Thanks for the info. Which of the nominated books do I read for January? All of them or just one or two?

    December 12, 2013

    • Rachel H

      Sorry it was a bit unclear. The two books described in detail are the ones that we are reading for next month. I have fixed the meetup description so I hope it is clearer. You can read either or both or even neither of them. You usually enjoy the discussion more if you have read the book. At the end of the meetup everyone gets a chance to nominate up to two books and then we vote in the next months books.

      1 · December 12, 2013

    • Janet M.

      Thanks Rachel. I'm off to the library now to reserve them.

      December 13, 2013

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