One late summer evening in February, I met the girls at The Winery for drinks after work. I had just finished Shantaram and couldn’t help but rave about it. Talk turned to books and it prompted a group message a few days later; an invitation to create a Book Club.
The invitation was extended to other like-minded friends and despite lots of enthusiasm, the first one ended up being just three of us, drinking wine and eating cheese and deciding what our first book should be.
Since then we have had monthly meets in different book stores or bars around Sydney, each month a different combination of friends. Books give us something to talk about other than the usual home, work, relationships. The topic a starting point, but we never know where the conversation will take us.
I am really lucky to have such smart, interesting ladies in my life and I love learning about them through their opinions and reviews.
So far we have read…
THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN – Paula Hawkins
Our first book, picked because it was on several lists and had been recommended to a few. An easy and entertaining read about starting again, alcoholism and tricks of the mind. It kicked off some great conversation.
THE ELEGANCE OF THE HEDGEHOG – Muriel Barbery
Sarah-Ann’s Mum recommended this translation after reading it in her own book club. I found it a little wordy to begin but the last quarter had me racing through to the last few pages with tears in my eyes.
THE LIFE-CHANGING MAGIC OF NOT GIVING A F*CK – Sarah Knight
A bonus read, as we were all being polite and ironically, didn’t want to be assertive in our choices. A book I wish I had read years ago, when I had a bad case of FOMO and exhausted myself with plans.
ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE – Anthony Doerr
Picked out of a hat (wicker cutlery basket) at the MCA Cafe by a lady on the table next to us, it is hands down my favourite (so far). A beautiful story set partly in St Malo where we spent some time in May.
HOW TO BE A WOMAN – Caitlin Moran
After a couple of heavier themed books, it was time for something light-hearted and easy to read. This certainly fit the bill! For a couple of weeks, I resigned myself to looking like a loony on my bus ride to work as I literally shook with laughter.
THE ALCHEMIST – Paulo Coehlo
Our most recent read was likened to a bible story or child’s book. It was so interesting to hear which of the many life lessons had resonated with each of us, it would seem that it has something for everybody, at any time.
Our next book is…
THE HANDMAID’S TALE – Margaret Atwood