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December Meetup

Interesting discussions were to be had in November and December looks like it will bring more :-) Which is always nice! Thanks to everyone who ventured out in the dark and joined us and looking forward to seeing everyone who can make it along in December.

As it will be the month of Christmas we have a tradition of doing Secret Santa, so we ask everyone who is coming along to bring a gift wrapped book, which we will put in Santa's sack (well a black bin liner...... but it's the thought that counts right :-D ). It can be a book you've got at home, a second hand book or whatever you fancy........but please don't use a book club book as most people will already have it or have read it. 

So, the two book chosen for this month are:

The Circle by Dave Eggers. Nominated by Sarah.

When Mae is hired to work for the Circle, the world's most powerful internet company, she feels she's been given the opportunity of a lifetime. Run out of a sprawling California campus, the Circle links users' personal emails, social media, and finances with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of transparency. Mae can't believe her great fortune to work for them - even as life beyond the campus grows distant, even as a strange encounter with a colleague leaves her shaken, even as her role at the Circle becomes increasingly public ...


A tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. Nominated by Bríd

A Tale of Two Cities (1859), Dickens’ greatest historical novel, traces the private lives of a group of people caught up in the cataclysm of the French Revolution and the Terror. Dickens based his historical detail on Carlyle’s great work – The French Revolution – and also on his own observations and investigations during numerous visits to Paris.

‘The best story I have written’ was Dickens’ own verdict on A Tale of Two Cities, and the reader is unlikely to disagree with this judgement of a story which combines historical fact with the author’s unsurpassed genius for poignant tales of human suffering, self-sacrifice, and redemption.


Other books nominated in November:

Cause Celeb by Helen Fielding

Generation A by Douglas Coupland

Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Laidlaw by William McIlvanney

The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson

Dead Man's Land by Robert Ryan

Disgrace by Jussi Adler-Olsen

Enjoy your reading :-D

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  • christine l.

    would not recommend reading either as both are terribly depressing. Orwells dystopian view of life is understandable but not a fun read . i managed to finish the "circle" and immediatley reached for something more palatable to lift my spirits . i dont normally go for chick lit but favour the detective novels. which i think would be a good source for the book club . agatha christie ngaoi marsh p d james dorothy l sayers etc , alongside some crime noir american" tough guys" like dashiel hammett or raymond chandler. always good to put your feet up to with a cuppa or with regard to the latter two a stiff drink from a bottle held in the bottom of the desk drawer..!!!

    1 · December 12, 2013

    • Rachel H

      It is always good to follow a depressing read with something light. We do read a fair amount of crime fiction. Mostly Scandinavian noir this year though we did read a Denise Mina book this year as well. Next month we are reading The Hound of the Baskervilles, which will be a nice light read after the Circle. I love Raymond Chandler but haven't tried Dashiell Hammett yet.

      December 12, 2013

  • Rachel H

    Sorry for a delay in putting up next months meetup. I will get it up tomorrow evening as I have a carol concert tonight. :-)

    December 11, 2013

  • Rachel H

    Sorry for a delay in putting up next months meetup. I will get it up tomorrow evening as I have a carol concert tonight. :-)

    December 11, 2013

  • christine l.

    hi
    was on the wait list but having been reading the books anyway . i should say in the case of dickens re reading . his heroines are very two dimensional but thats rather relates to his taste with regard to our gender. his biography was quite illuminating on that score . lucy was far to cloying sweet to be real .
    but i love reading his books and will try and get around to reading more
    circles was horrifying . its somewhere between 1984 and stepford wifes. mind you my works getting more like that every year !!
    hope to see you at some point in 2014

    2 · December 10, 2013

    • Ruth M.

      I haven't finished Circles yet (got very distracted by another book) but am certainly seeing similarities between it and 1984. It was mentioned briefly during the discussion.

      December 10, 2013

    • Rachel H

      Would you recommend Stepford Wives? I'm going to try and read 1984 in my Christmas holidays. I did find circles horrifying and it did encourage much discussion. Hope to see you at book club on 2014.

      December 11, 2013

  • irene m.

    It was good discussions went on for good length of time, I was one of the few who loved Dickens, the general consensus was he. Was boring, Sacrilege, Dickens boring!!!!

    December 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    As there is a slim chance that I won't be able to make this meeting- I think it only right that I withdraw - hope to see you all at a future meeting- R

    December 7, 2013

  • Ruth M.

    As I am currently sitting 3rd on the waiting list for Monday, can I politely take the opportunity to remind people that if they can't make the meeting, please change your reply. I don't think I have ever been at a book meet where there have been 25 attending, which means that people on the waiting list could have gone. Many people on th waiting list read the books anyway, so short notice is better than no notice. Ta.

    December 7, 2013

  • Sarah R.

    Hi, this will be my first time to meet the book club,looking forward to it.

    December 7, 2013

    • Signe

      Looking forward to meeting you Monday Sarah :)

      1 · December 7, 2013

  • Sally k.

    Hi Rachel. I work shifts and work every second Monday. Does the book club meet only on a Monday if so I won't be able to attend as I am working that night

    December 4, 2013

    • Rachel H

      I'm afraid that at present the book club meets on the second Monday of the month. If you work on alternate Mondays then some should fall on days you're not working.

      December 4, 2013

  • Signe

    Hi sally. The book club meets the 2nd monday of every month.

    December 4, 2013

  • Andrew B.

    hello, sorry to pop up again, but if anyone might be interested in becoming a founder member of a southside book group, there's a facebook group on the go here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/514853015279057/

    November 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    thanks! I am off on holiday for a week soon and expect to do nothing more than read & sip cava! So will hope to have read both this time

    1 · November 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    hi guys, this will be my first visit and not sure if I have to read both books or pick one. Any ideas?

    November 13, 2013

    • Rachel H

      Welcome to book club :-) You can read both books or just one or none even, though you tend to enjoy the conversation more if you have read the books.

      November 13, 2013

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