Thursday, 10 November 2011

bookgroup anniversary: 1 year on

We have just celebrated one year of a successful bookgroup.  Our celebration consisted of lunch with dishes of food which represented the countries in the books we have read over the year including Malaysian, Vietnamese, Spanish and English tasty dishes.  Sangria rocks!  

Over the past year these are the books we have read:

·         Eat Pray Love
·         The Book Thief
·         The Angels Game
·         The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
·         The Girl Who Played With Fire
·         The Elegance of the Hedgehog
·         The Great Gatsby
·         Tuesdays with Morrie
·         Lady Chatterley’s Lover
·         The Happiest Refugee
·         A Spot of Bother
·         A Tale of Two Cities
·         Jasper Jones

We read a book a month and meet for breakfast at a cafe once a month to discuss the book and catch up on any other girly gossip while drinking coffee and eating eggs on toast.  What a great bunch of women!

The most hated book
Eat Pray Love.  This is unfortunate because I was the only one who liked it!  Yes, I did get bogged down in India, but enjoyed the rest of the book greatly.  Everyone else hated it and can’t stop saying how self-possessed the writer was.  We also didn’t do so well with classics – especially when the first sentence of a book takes a whole paragraph on the page. 

Most enjoyed books
·         TheHappiest Refugee – without fail, we all found this pure positive enjoyment
·         JasperJones – loved it and so did our husbands!
·         TheGuernsey Literary & Potato Pie Peel Society – could possibly be at the top of this list. So gripping and beautifully written. My mum loved it too.
·         TheAngels Game – this sparked great discussion. I could not put this one down.
·         The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo; and The Girl Who Played With Fire.  What could I possibly add to these?  These books have taken the world by storm.  Excellent reads. 

Bring on the next 12 months.  There is a world of great stories out there just waiting to be devoured.

Have you read any good books lately?  Do you want to recommend a book?  Please let us know by leaving a comment below.  Thanks.

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