Book Club (online)


Group Leader:     Margo Ross  Contact the office 01292 260086
Location:         From the comfort of your own home via Zoom 
Day and Time:     Once a month on Mondays at 7.00 pm

After reading a book, which you have enjoyed (or otherwise), it’s nice to be able to discuss it with someone else.   
I’m sure you have all at some time recommended a good read to a friend or neighbour, then when they have read it talked about what you liked, loved or hated about it.
A book club is just that but you get the opportunity to discuss it with a group of people.

Whether you enjoy thrillers, mystery, family sagas or biographies, a book club gives you the opportunity to read something which you may not have chosen for yourself, so it can be a challenge. 

This is an INFORMAL book club, meeting in the evening when we can put our feet up and enjoy a glass of wine or just a cup of tea while chatting about the book we have all just read. 

The zoom club is working out really well, however for everyone to have a chance to chat, the numbers in the club sit at 12… no reason though  not to start another, if anyone would like to organise.

Contact the office 01292 260086 to join the group or for more information.


I somehow missed giving the Book Club’s review on Saturday by Ian McEwan. We all met up in May to discuss this one in the Chestnuts Hotel over a lovely lunch.  As you know our club meets over Zoom, so it was nice to meet face to face and we plan to do a repeat towards the end of the year.  However, although the lunch was successful, Ian McEwan let us down with his book which most of us gave a huge thumbs down. …..4 out of 10


Our latest review was on the book Apple Tree Yard  by Louise Doughty which I believe was made into a BBC drama some time ago.  I personally haven’t seen it but it’s on Amazon Prime to watch (for a price) and after reading the book, I think it may be well worth it.  The group thoroughly enjoyed the Authors take on an unexpected illicit love affair which in the end results in a life changing event.  You’ll need to watch or read this one for yourself…a love affair and a court case…we gave it 9 out of 10 !  

Our next book is The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak.  Looks good…will give you the groups thoughts next month


Our last book was The Bookseller of Kabul by Asne Seierstad.  The group had a good deal of discussion over this insight into daily life within an Afghani family and the very different role women had in that society.  Although the book was published in 2002, the group were disappointed that 20 years later there was little or no change. It was indeed sad that books had been outlawed by the various factions that ruled the country over different times and yet Khan, the head of the family was committed to ensuring his book shops remained.  It is an interesting read and recommended. 

Our next book is Saturday by Ian McEwan.  Henry Perowne is a neurosurgeon, a family man and the book is about all that happens to him on one Saturday.  Sounds different….will let you know what the group think next month.


Our first murder/mystery book in 2022 was Silent Scream by Angela Marson.  It was quite a complex case with multiple murders to be solved. If you are a whodunnit fan, then this one would be for you.  The story was full of twists and turns that kept changing your mind right to the end.  We liked it enough to give it 7 out of 10.  Silent Scream is part of a series of books involving DI Kim Stone. 

Our next book is The Bookseller of Kabul.  This is a non fiction book written by Asne Seierstad, an award winning journalist.  She stayed with an Afghan family for several months and this is her account of life within this family and the country.  Should be an interesting read. 


Our first book of the year was The Salt Path by Raynor Winn.  If you enjoy walking and are passionate about our natural world, this one is for you.  A very descriptive book which took us on a journey walking the Salt Path from Minehead in Somerset to Dorset.  However, it is a story about courage and overcoming what life can sometimes throw at you. The group rated it  6.5 out of 10.  Not to everyone’s taste, but glad to have read it. 

Our next book is Silent Scream by Angela Marson.   Not a new book, was first published in 2015, but still a recommended read.  Murder, mystery and a serial killer on the loose.  DI Kim Stone is on the case.  Certainly a bit different from admiring our natural world on the Salt Path


Hi folks,
Can’t believe that the Oir Zoom Book Club is now entering its second year. On my own part I have thoroughly enjoyed the year, reading books that I probably would never have picked up and enjoying reviewing them with our group every month. We have read such a varied assortment of genres and its given us all a look at different styles of writing from various authors. If you have followed our web page, hopefully you have been able to pick up on some recommendations. 

Our last book of the year was Skipping Xmas by John Grisham. It was a lighthearted look at a couple who decided to skip xmas at home and go on a cruise instead. Needless to say their friends and neighbours were a bit put out by this and the book takes us through some very amusing and maybe sometimes a bit far fetched situations. It did show a nice bit of community and xmas spirit in the end which was appealing. The movie Christmas with the Kranks is based on the book and is a good festive fun movie. We gave it 7 our of 10.
 
We have chosen our books for 2022 and the first one is The Salt Path by Raynor Winn.  An uplifting memoir about a couple who after being made homeless embark on a coastal walk. Looking forward to our discussion on this one. 

I keep the group small to allow everyone the opportunity to give their opinions, but if you are interested in joining, I do have 2 or 3 places available on a first-come, first-served basis. Just contact Margaret at office@oirayr.org.uk  and she will pass your email or phone number on to me and I’ll get back to you to answer any questions you may have.  


I can hardly believe the zoom book club has been running now for a year and we have reviewed our penultimate book The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman. The result was that the group rated it between 1 and 9 so you can see that some loved it, some hated it !  It is a lighthearted ‘whodunnit ‘ not a nail biter, more of a farce really.  We did however feel that Richard Osman included some relevant important issues regarding our elderly population.  Worth a read and I believe Steven Spielberg has picked it up for a movie.   We think it would make a good movie.

Our next book taking us through to January 2022 is a John Grisham novel, Skipping Xmas….I think the title speaks for itself !!   We are hoping that we will be able to meet up face to face to discuss this book over lunch, fingers crossed ! 


Our next book is The Thursday Murder Club, which got really good reviews from various other thriller writers, National newspapers and magazines.
You may know the Author, Richard Osman from various game shows. He is quite a character and it’ll be interesting to see if he writes as well as he talks.
The plot centres round a peaceful Retirement Village who it appears meet every week to investigate unsolved murders !

Our last book was Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell.  
Another interesting discussion was had by the book club. Many of us thought we were going to be reading about Shakespeare, how wrong we were !  I won’t write any spoilers for you, you need to read it for yourself folks.    
Mixed views within the group, mixed feelings regarding recommending it, but we still gave it 8 out of 10 which speaks for itself. 


Our book this month is Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell,  which you will see was a Sunday Times Bestseller and winner of the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2020.  It does get great reviews….Two extraordinary people, a love that draws them together, a loss that tears them apart !  This time I am ‘listening’ to the story …just for a change. 🙄
Our last book The Hundred Year old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared gave most of our group such a laugh. The story or stories rather,  running through the book can make you laugh out loud or for others just seem too far fetched.   We gave it 7 out of 10 ….I loved it and if you can get your hands on a copy you should read it. As our members said, you’ll either love it or hate it 😏


Our book this month is The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson. It’s an international bestseller and I believe a movie has been made of it! I like to read the book first though and it sounds like it is going to be fun.  A welcome change from Murder and mayhem!

 
Our last two books were received well by the group with a restricted recommendation on Queenie Hennessy which focused on her last days in a hospice, however they felt Our Fathers was indeed a social history well worth reading.


As it’s summer, plus we all have a bit more ‘freedom’ the book group are reading two books to discuss when we meet again at the end of August. They are The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy by Rachel Joyce,  a compassionate story of life, love and death.  Our other book is Our Fathers by Andrew O’Hagan, a novel of 3 generations of Scottish dreamers.  Our last book Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens was thoroughly enjoyed by all. We could definitely recommend it as a good read. 


Our book this month is Where The Crawdads Sing.  It gets very good reviews and the group is looking forward to reading it. A murder mystery taking place in the swamps on the North Carolina Coast.   Another suggestion from one of our members was Atomic Habits by James Clear. This is not so much a fictional story, but a book which looks at taking small steps to change habits.   Food for thought !
 
The group gave our last book Half of a Yellow Sun really good reviews.   They felt that although it was a challenge to read, it was certainly worth it and would recommend it to a friend. 


Another interesting book for this months book club.  From Murder, mystery and memoirs to Civil war, we are covering it all !  Last months book The Boy was on the whole well accepted.  We rated it 7/10!  Loving the different genres ! 


Our 3rd Book ….a change in direction from fiction to fact.  Alan Johnson is a British politician and from the cover and description it sounds like an interesting read. Our group really enjoyed our last book, The Dry and rated it 8.5 out of 10 …a winner I would say.


Busy reading our second book …a ‘whodunit’ mystery set in the Australian outback.  Can’t wait to hear the group ‘s views on this one. Our last book Thirteen got a rating of 5/10 ….so a mixed verdict !  


This is our first book selection and what a thriller it is.   Its keeping me on the edge of my seat !
Looking forward to hearing all the comments when we meet up to discuss it!

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