What we're about

Are you a fresh face in Hong Kong or have already been here a while and looking to meet fellow women in Hong Kong? This book club is for any ladies in Hong Kong who love to read books in English!

We meet usually on the 4th Wednesday of the month unless there is a Public Holiday we are trying to avoid.

The Hong Kong Ladies Book Club was started in order to allow women in Hong Kong to have a safe space to meet, discuss books and get to know each other.

Many of the regular members have been living in Hong Kong from everywhere from a year, a couple of decades or born and bred. We welcome new people! The record is a new member joining a meetup after only a week in the city.

We pick our books through a vote that we do at the beginning of the year. The suggestions come from the membership and the organizer compiles them into a big survey with 6 to 7 categories. The top one or two from each category are selected so we end up with classics, recently published books, non-fiction, Asian focused, historical fiction, science fiction and fantasy. Previous authors have included Man Booker, Pulitzer, and Nebula award winners.

We are a "real book club" which means we do actually discuss the books. You don't have to like the book... we often have people with opposing reactions, but we do advise you read it or be willing to have the ending spoilt.

Looking forward to seeing you at one of our meetups!

Jessica

Your Organizer

Upcoming events (5+)

February 2019 - Prisoners of Geography by Tim Marshall

Our first voted book of 2019 we are going to expand our knowledge of history and current affairs with the international bestseller: Prisoners of Geography. "All leaders are constrained by geography. Their choices are limited by mountains, rivers, seas and concrete. Yes, to understand world events you need to understand people, ideas and movements...but if you don't know geography, you'll never have the full picture. To understand Putin's actions, for example, it is essential to consider that, to be a world power, Russia must have a navy. And if its ports freeze for six months each year then it must have access to a warm water port - hence, the annexation of Crimea was the only option for Putin. To understand the Middle East, it is crucial to know that geography is the reason why countries have logically been shaped as they are - and this is why invented countries (e.g. Syria, Iraq, Libya) will not survive as nation states. Prisoners of Geography looks at the past, present and future to offer an essential guide to one of the major determining factors in world history. (Book Depository)" This book is available in Kindle version, from Book Depository (world wide free delivery for books) and you probably can find it in bookstores in Hong Kong. We are a "real" book club which means we do read the book before the meet up and discuss it. New members always welcome. I need to notify the venue about how many will attend so please make sure your RSVP status is accurate.

March 2019 - The Dollhouse by Fiona Davis

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Fiona Davis's stunning debut novel pulls readers into the lush world of New York City's glamorous Barbizon Hotel for Women, where in the 1950s a generation of aspiring models, secretaries, and editors lived side by side while attempting to claw their way to fairy-tale success, and where a present-day journalist becomes consumed with uncovering a dark secret buried deep within the Barbizon's glitzy past. When she arrives at the famed Barbizon Hotel in 1952, secretarial school enrollment in hand, Darby McLaughlin is everything her modeling agency hall mates aren't: plain, self-conscious, homesick, and utterly convinced she doesn't belong--a notion the models do nothing to disabuse. Yet when Darby befriends Esme, a Barbizon maid, she's introduced to an entirely new side of New York City: seedy downtown jazz clubs where the music is as addictive as the heroin that's used there, the startling sounds of bebop, and even the possibility of romance. Over half a century later, the Barbizon's gone condo and most of its long-ago guests are forgotten. But rumors of Darby's involvement in a deadly skirmish with a hotel maid back in 1952 haunt the halls of the building as surely as the melancholy music that floats from the elderly woman's rent-controlled apartment. It's a combination too intoxicating for journalist Rose Lewin, Darby's upstairs neighbor, to resist--not to mention the perfect distraction from her own imploding personal life. Yet as Rose's obsession deepens, the ethics of her investigation become increasingly murky, and neither woman will remain unchanged when the shocking truth is finally revealed. This book is available in Kindle version, from Book Depository (world wide free delivery for books) and you may find it in bookstores in Hong Kong. We are a "real" book club which means we do read the book before the meet up and discuss it. New members always welcome. I need to notify the venue about how many will attend so please make sure your RSVP status is accurate.

April 2019 - Vox by Christina Dalcher

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"On the day the government decrees that women are no longer allowed more than one hundred words per day, Dr. Jean McClellan is in denial. This can't happen here. Not in America. Not to her. This is just the beginning... Soon women are not permitted to hold jobs. Girls are not taught to read or write. Females no longer have a voice. Before, the average person spoke sixteen thousand words each day, but now women have only one hundred to make themselves heard. ...not the end. For herself, her daughter, and every woman silenced, Jean will reclaim her voice." This book is available in Kindle version, from Book Depository (world wide free delivery for books) and you may find it in bookstores in Hong Kong. We are a "real" book club which means we do read the book before the meet up and discuss it. New members always welcome. I need to notify the venue about how many will attend so please make sure your RSVP status is accurate.

May 2019 - The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

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"'I was supposed to be having the time of my life." When Esther Greenwood wins an internship on a New York fashion magazine in 1953, she is elated, believing she will finally realise her dream to become a writer. But in between the cocktail parties and piles of manuscripts, Esther's life begins to slide out of control. She finds herself spiralling into depression and eventually a suicide attempt, as she grapples with difficult relationships and a society which refuses to take women's aspirations seriously." The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath's only novel, was originally published in 1963 under the pseudonym Victoria Lucas. The novel is partially based on Plath's own life and descent into mental illness, and has become a modern classic. The Bell Jar has been celebrated for its darkly funny and razor sharp portrait of 1950s society and has sold millions of copies worldwide. This book is available in Kindle version, from Book Depository (world wide free delivery for books) and you will be able to find it in bookstores in Hong Kong. We are a "real" book club which means we do read the book before the meet up and discuss it. New members always welcome. I need to notify the venue about how many will attend so please make sure your RSVP status is accurate.

Past events (26)

January 2019 - Circe by Madeline Miller

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