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 and discuss them 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)

August 2020 - Burial Rites by Hannah Kent

Delaney's The Irish Pub, Basement

Reminder: KEEP YOUR RSVP STATUS UP TO DATE! "A brilliant literary debut, inspired by a true story: the final days of a young woman accused of murder in Iceland in 1829. Set against Iceland's stark landscape, Hannah Kent brings to vivid life the story of Agnes, who, charged with the brutal murder of her former master, is sent to an isolated farm to await execution. Horrified at the prospect of housing a convicted murderer, the family at first avoids Agnes. Only Tóti, a priest Agnes has mysteriously chosen to be her spiritual guardian, seeks to understand her. But as Agnes's death looms, the farmer's wife and their daughters learn there is another side to the sensational story they've heard. Riveting and rich with lyricism, BURIAL RITES evokes a dramatic existence in a distant time and place, and asks the question, how can one woman hope to endure when her life depends upon the stories told by others?" 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. Hope to see you there!

(RESCHEDULED) July 2020 - Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Delaney's The Irish Pub, Basement

New Date Due to the 3rd Wave Outbreak. Please keep an eye out as we will move it again if the restrictions have not gone up to 8 by that date. New members always welcome! Reminder: KEEP YOUR RSVP STATUS UP TO DATE! "Based on Louisa May Alcott’s childhood, this lively portrait of nineteenth-century family life possesses a lasting vitality that has endeared it to generations of readers. Meg is the eldest and on the brink of love. Then there’s tomboy Jo who longs to be a writer. Sweet-natured Beth always puts others first, and finally there’s Amy, the youngest and most precocious. Together they are the March sisters. Even though money is short, times are tough and their father is away at war, their infectious sense of fun sweeps everyone up in their adventures — including Laurie, the boy next door. And through sisterly squabbles, their happy times and sad ones too, the sisters discover that growing up is sometimes very hard to do. " 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. Hope to see you there!

September 2020 - Talking to Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell

Delaney's The Irish Pub, Basement

Reminder: KEEP YOUR RSVP STATUS UP TO DATE! "Malcolm Gladwell, offers a powerful examination of our interactions with strangers--and why they often go wrong. How did Fidel Castro fool the CIA for a generation? Why are campus sexual assaults on the rise? Do television sitcoms teach us something about the way we relate to each other that isn't true? Talking to Strangers is an intellectual adventure, a challenging and controversial excursion through history, psychology, and scandals taken straight from the news. He revisits the deceptions of Bernie Madoff, the trial of Amanda Knox, the suicide of Sylvia Plath, the Jerry Sandusky pedophilia scandal at Penn State University, and the death of Sandra Bland---throwing our understanding of these and other stories into doubt. Something is very wrong, Gladwell argues, with the tools and strategies we use to make sense of people we don't know. And because we don't know how to talk to strangers, we are inviting conflict and misunderstanding in ways that have a profound effect on our lives and our world." 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. Hope to see you there!

October 2020 - The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman

Delaney's The Irish Pub, Basement

Reminder: KEEP YOUR RSVP STATUS UP TO DATE! "For the Owens family, love is a curse that began in 1620, when Maria Owens was charged with witchery for loving the wrong man. Hundreds of years later, in New York City at the cusp of the sixties, when the whole world is about to change, Susanna Owens knows that her three children are dangerously unique. From the start Susanna sets down rules for her children: No walking in the moonlight, no red shoes, no wearing black, no cats, no crows, no candles, no books about magic. And most importantly, never, ever, fall in love. But when her children visit their Aunt Isabelle, in the small Massachusetts town where the Owens family has been blamed for everything that has ever gone wrong, they uncover family secrets and begin to understand the truth of who they are. Yet, the children cannot escape love even if they try, just as they cannot escape the pains of the human heart. " 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. Hope to see you there!

Past events (43)

RESCHEDULED May 2020 - Invisible Women by Caroline Criado Perez

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