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February Main Meetup

Well, we certainly got off to a great start to the new year with a room full and lots of lively discussions and the books chosen for Feb looks set to provide the same.

The two books chosen are;

Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg. Nominated by DL.

Ask most women whether they have the right to equality at work and the answer will be a resounding yes, but ask the same women whether they'd feel confident asking for a raise, a promotion, or equal pay, and some reticence creeps in.

The statistics, although an improvement on previous decades, are certainly not in women's favour - of 197 heads of state, only twenty-two are women. Women hold just 20 percent of seats in parliaments globally, and in the world of big business, a meagre eighteen of the Fortune 500 CEOs are women.

In Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg - Facebook COO and one of Fortune magazine's Most Powerful Women in Business - draws on her own experience of working in some of the world's most successful businesses and looks at what women can do to help themselves, and make the small changes in their life that can effect change on a more universal scale.

Learning to 'lean in' is about tackling the anxieties and preconceptions that stop women reaching the top - taking a place at the table, and making yourself a part of the debate.


Rosy Project by Graeme Simsion. Nominated by Both Janet and Jennifer 

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion isa story about love, life and lobster every Tuesday...Love isn't an exact science - but no one told Don Tillman. A thirty-nine-year-old geneticist, Don's never had a second date. So he devises the Wife Project, a scientific test to find the perfect partner. Enter Rosie - 'the world's most incompatible woman' - throwing Don's safe, ordered life into chaos. But what is this unsettling, alien emotion he's feeling? To choose a suitable wife, Don designs a detailed questionnaire that filters out unpromising candidates: women who are unpunctual, overweight, vegetarian; who drink or smoke or have STDs. And then he meets Rosie, who fails on almost every score (except BMI and, one hopes, the STD criterion). Although, on past form, it looks like there is no chance of love blossoming (viz. Don rejecting the advances of a sexy French nymphomaniac on the grounds of her drinking and smoking), when Rosie enlists Don's genetic expertise to help find her natural father, otherwise known as The Father Project, the two are thrown into an entertaining series of comic set pieces and occasionally life-threatening situations.

Happy page turning :-) !


The other books put forward for Feb are;

Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks

S by J.J Abrams and Doug Dorst

First Love, Last Rites by Ian McEwan 

Discrace by Jussi Adler-Olsen

Lanark by Alasdair Gray

Fray by Joss Whedon

The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling 

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

Saints of the Shadow Bible by Ian Rankin  


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  • Eleanor

    Thank you everyone for the lovely card. It was much appreciated. Since Charlotte arrived a fortnight ago I haven't had time to pick up a book! Fingers crossed we get into a bit of a routine soon though to be honest there's so much sorting out to do I still probably won't read!

    February 21, 2014

  • Rachel H

    Thanks everyone for coming to the February meetup. I will get the next month meetup online tomorrow evening.

    1 · February 11, 2014

  • Rona M.

    I enjoyed the meetup and it was interesting to hear other people's opinions!

    February 11, 2014

    • Janet M.

      Good to see you too!

      February 11, 2014

  • Sally k.

    So sorry Rachel I have just come back from the protection room thinking it was 7.30 Thinking that it was strange that nobody was here by7.40 and noticed while reading my I pad. that it was 5.30. How did the discussions go?. I have learnt a lot about myself reading lean in. Very thought provoking

    February 10, 2014

    • Rachel H

      I'm sorry you missed us. We we're put in the other projection room. I checked the left projection room but must have been too early to catch you. I hope you will come to the next one. I will be posting the next meetup tomorrow.

      February 10, 2014

  • Meera

    Hi there, I am so sorry for the last minute change but I'm still stuck at work and won't be able to attend book club. Really sorry once again! Enjoy your evening, I thoroughly enjoyed reading both books especially the Rosie project! X

    February 10, 2014

  • Meera

    Hi there, I am so sorry for the last minute change but I'm still stuck at work and won't be able to attend book club. Really sorry once again! Enjoy your evening, I thoroughly enjoyed reading both books especially the Rosie project! X

    February 10, 2014

  • Hannah

    Hi! Just saw an email saying I had moved from waiting list to attending - but unfortunately I have said I'll work late tonight. Very much hoping to come along next month though!

    February 10, 2014

  • Sally k.

    Hi Rachel looking forward to meeting everyone tonight. Ii an half way through Lean In but haven't had a chance to even look at The Risie Project . Iis this ok? Where will you be in the Cafe.?

    February 10, 2014

    • Rachel H

      Hi Sally, Looking forward to meeting you tonight. Don't worry about not having read all of the books. We start the discussion of the book with an introduction of the book by the person who nominated it. You tend to get more from the meeting if you have read some of the book but it's not compulsory. We will be in the projection room which is a small room on the left hand side once you have gone up the stairs to the building. See you later. Rachel

      February 10, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi. Sorry but I just spotted I was moved from the waiting list, but am double booked unfortunately. Hopefully make the next one. Cheers.

    February 10, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi all, I just got told that I have been given a space for tonight's meeting but I can't attend. Apologise but I had made other plans. :-)

    February 10, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just got news that I was a last minute 'sub' but I have now made plans for tomorrow night. Just about to start 'In Cold Blood' ....can't wait to see what the next lot of recommendations are. Have a great night!

    February 9, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, I haven't had time to read the book

    February 7, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry- been switched to working in Edinburgh on the night of the meeting so I can't make it - gutted- hope someone else can benefit from my misfortune

    February 6, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    missed out on getting into THE 25 but still have had a good time reading The Rosie project & Saints of the Shadow Bible ( fell back in love with Rebus again - thanks!!)...next? Birdsong & In Cold Blood....keep up the GREAT nominations guys!!!

    February 4, 2014

  • christine l.

    have bought the rosie project which was in the supermarket and have now read this . very easy book to read. have put a request in to the library for the other book but its out on loan , i wonder if its one of the book club members . i hope to read it before the feb meet up. im on the waitlist but fingers x i might get to a meet .look forward to meeting you all

    January 28, 2014

  • christine l.

    have been on the waitlist so far but have been trying to read the books posted ad long as the library has them . hope to see you soon

    January 17, 2014

  • Debs

    First meetup for me, looking forward to it.

    January 17, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    http://www.waterstones.com/blog/2014/01/book-club-the-rosie-project/?utm_source=BookClub&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=140114

    The waterstones book club has also picked the rosie project , so I thought this might help Janet & Jennifer who put the book forward

    2 · January 15, 2014

    • Janet M.

      Thanks Catherine. My own copy is packed away in Australia so I bought another one from them the other day and re-read it last night (I have insomnia!). I'll be able to lend this one to people I know in Glasgow. As a writer I was interested in the extra material they added at the back re how the book began. I met Graeme in Melbourne at the book launch. He's now working on making 'the project' a trilogy!

      January 17, 2014

  • janet D.

    just downloaded the rosie project onto my kindle , so will start reading tonight. thanks,

    1 · January 16, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Unfortunately I am working on this date so unable to attend, boo! I will still read the books though

    January 14, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Oh that's a good idea. I haven't made it to a book club meet yet (just wait lists so far ;)) , but it never occurred to me to read the books anyway! :D

      1 · January 16, 2014

  • Sally k.

    Hi Rachel I am looking forward to meeting everyone at Feb meet up. I presume the books that we are reading is The Rosie Project and Lean in. It's a little confusing as other books have been nominated, I have a kindle so I will just down load them . They make interesting reading. Not sure if I will have time to read both. Which one should I read first?

    January 16, 2014

    • Rachel H

      Hi Sally. Welcome to the book club. You are correct that the books that we are reading are The Rosie Project and Lean In. The other nominated books are there are often people (me included) hear about books they want to read during nominations and so we put the details up so they can track them down. You can read one book or both or neither through the discussion is generally more interesting if you have read at least part of the books discussed. At the end of the meetup everyone gets a chance to nominate two books so I you have any suggestions then bring them along. Looking forward to seeing you there.

      January 16, 2014

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