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My Bookclub

“We read to know that we are not alone.”

C.S Lewis 

 

Dear Reader,

I regularly attend a book club. We’re all very different women but we all share a love of books and we’ve been reading books together since 2004. Joining a book club is a great way to meet new people and have meaningful discussions. You can join a pre-existing book club (sometimes these will be organised by your local library). Or you could set up your own. Our book club meets once a month for morning tea and, each month, we ask one of our members to host the meeting and another to lead our discussion about our chosen book. Our only rule is that we have to talk about the book and related topics – not our husbands or our children! (My husband is very grateful this!)

I hope you enjoy browsing through this “Book Club” page. If you wish to leave a comment on any of the books we have read, or make a recommendation of your own, please feel free to do so.

Warm regards,

Louise

 

Louise's Top 5 Book Club Reads

(Ah, but it’s so hard to choose! However, these are the stories which have stayed with me over the years…)

 Jayne Eyre – Charlotte Bronte

 Home – Marilyn Robinson

 The Book Thief – Markus Zusak

 The Harp in the South – Ruth Park

 The Secret Life of Bees – Sue Monk Kidd

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Books We Have Read

A Spot of Bother (2006) – Mark Haddon

A Small Island (2004) – Andrea Levy

Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy

Breath (2008) – Tim Winton

Brick Lane – Monica Ali

Carpentaria (2006) -

Dirt Music – Tim Winton

Dreams of My Father (1995)Barack Obama

Gilead (2004) – Marilyn Robinson

Gilgamesh – Joan London

Hand Me Down World – Lloyd Jones

His Illegal Self (2008) – Peter Carey

Home (2008) – Marilyn Robinson

Housekeeping (1980) – Marilyn Robinson

Half of a Yellow Sun (2007) – Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche

In The Company of Cheerful Ladies – Alexander McCall-

Jane Eyre (1847) – Charlotte Bronte

Journey to The Stone Country – Alex Miller

Lolita – Vladimir Nobokov

Love in a Cold Climate (1949) – Nancy Mitford

Lovesong (2009)– Alex Miller

Love in the Time of Cholera (1985) – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

March (2006)– Geraldine Brooks

Noah’s Ark – Barbara Trapido

Other People’s Diaries – Kathy Webb

Pontoon (2007) – Garrison Keiller

That Dead Man Dance – Kim Scott

The Apricot Colonel – Marion Haligan

The Angel’s Game (2008)– Carlos Ruiz Zafon

The Boat (2008) – Nam Lee

The Book Thief (2006) – Markus Zusak

The Broken Book – Susan Johnston

The Doll’s House (1879) – Henrik Ibsen

The Elephant’s Journey – Jose Saramago

The Great Fire – Shirley Hazzard

The Guernsey Literary Potato Peel Pie Society – Mary Anne Shaffer

The Harp in the South – Ruth Park

The Inheritance of Loss (2006) – Kiran Desai

The Kite Runner (2003) – Khaled Hosseini

The Man Who Loved Children – Christina Stead

The Mayne Inheritance – Rosamond  Siemon

The People of The Book (2008) – Geraldine Brooks

The Peppered Moth – Margaret Drabble

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie – Muriel Sparks

The Red Queen – Margaret Drabble

The Secret Life of Bees – Sue Monk Kidd

The Secret River (2005) – Kate Grenville

The Thompson Gunner – Nick Earls

The Lieutenant (2008) – Kate Grenville

The Sea of Poppies (2008) – Amitav Gosh

The Story of Forgetting – Stefan Merrill Black

The White Earth – Andrew McGahan

The Uncommon Reader – Alan Bennet

Too Many Men (1999) – Lily Brett

Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen

Small Island – Andrea Levy

Suite Francaise (1947) – Irene Nemirovsky

Tender Is The Night – F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Inspector Singh Series – Shamini Flint

Uncle Tom’s Cabin (1852)– Harriet Beecher Stowe

Wanting – Richard Flanagan

Welcome to the World Baby Girl (2005)– Fannie Flagg

The Kitchen God’s Wife – Amy Tan