Book Club

June 28, 2011

I’ve been thinking about setting up a Book Club here for a while, but all the talk of finding niches at Cybermummy has made me feel I should stop shilly-shallying and just get on with it!

You may have noticed that I have a little box on the right-hand side listing a book I’m reading with my real-life book club, and sometimes, if I’m feeling moved, I’ll make a little comment about how I’m getting on with it. Well, the idea now would be to expand that and make it an online club. I will give the title of a book, talk a bit about the author and other books I may have read on the same lines, then let everyone have a month to read the book. Then I’ll invite you all over for a virtual glass of wine, a delicious virtual dinner (I’m very good at virtual cooking – not so great in real life) and a discussion of the book. We could do this as guest posts at some stage but I’m thinking for the moment it would be a review or series of reviews by anyone who’s moved to send me one.

I’ve always thought that the joy of book clubs is that they make you read things just a little outside your comfort zone. My natural tendency is to pick up a whodunnit – I absolutely love the one I’m reading at the moment, Blackwater by Kerstin Ekman – but it’s lovely to read something a bit more literary (and less blood-splattered) every now and then. I also tend to gravitate towards women authors, so it’sgreat to be made to explore some really good male authors.

How does that sound? Interested? Got an idea for the first book? I’m thinking we should go with A Perfect Spy by John Le Carre unless someone has a great suggestion for us. I was very reluctant to pick this up initially as I am not keen on that whole cold war/spying thing, but I have been completely won over and I’d love to discuss the book, it has some really interesting themes.

You can buy it new from Amazon here from a fiver, or second hand from 1p (though I don’t suppose for a minute that the price includes postage).

Otherwise, I’d love to read the new Kate Atkinson, called Started Early, Took My Dog. But ooops, it’s a whodunnit by a woman. Come on, save me from myself and come up with a few other titles to try ….

Let me know what you think!

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  • Five Go Blogging June 28, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    Sounds like a fab idea to me. I’m very like you in that the new Kate Atkinson is on my must read next list (along with another half dozen or so!). Never read a Le Carre so could be encouraged in that direction too. Either way, I’m in!

    • Dulwich Divorcee June 29, 2011 at 11:49 am

      Hello, and thanks for coming! So glad you want to join in. Well, so far everyone seems keen on both authors …. at this rate I am going to have to toss a coin! Will let you know when the momentous decision is taken 🙂

  • Potty Mummy June 28, 2011 at 10:13 pm

    I’m in – or I would / will be if I can get hold of the relevant books in Moscow. As for your two suggestions up top, I have read the first (EXCELLENT) and would be happy to do so again, and have just – fortuitously – bought a copy of the second, so either would be fine for me!

  • Dulwich Divorcee June 29, 2011 at 11:51 am

    Oooh so pleased you’re in – I hope Amazon will do the business in Moscow, they were very good at delivering to Brussels when I was there … if you’ve already bought the second, then I’m leaning that way ….will let you know asap so we can all get our reading hats on 🙂

  • Ruth Simpson June 29, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    Hi, I would be interested joining a virtual book club.

    I used to read all the time when I was younger, but find it difficult to make time for reading at the moment. A book club would be the perfect reason to start reading again xx

    • Dulwich Divorcee July 4, 2011 at 1:45 pm

      Hi Ruth, welcome aboard! I think you’re right, being in a book club is a really good incentive to pick up a book and I’m really glad you want to join us, hope you’ll like the book, it’s going to be the new Kate Atkinson due to popular demand xx

  • Emma June 29, 2011 at 10:11 pm

    Sounds good to me! I seem to be stuck in a girly rom com/Sunday Times book club rut so could do with a challenge!!

    • Dulwich Divorcee July 4, 2011 at 1:44 pm

      Oh that’s fantastic, Emma, so glad you are joining, that’s lovely. Hope you’ll like the book – we’re going with the Kate Atkinson. I can’t wait, dying to read it x

  • Mum in Meltdown July 4, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    Hi hope you don’t mind me joining. I’ve just come across this and think it’s a good idea to get reading something different to the usual thing I go for! I’m reading Water for Elephants which again was a recommendation (loving it so far) at the mo so when I finish I will try and get a copy of this from the library or a little second hand bookshop.

    • Dulwich Divorcee July 4, 2011 at 9:14 pm

      That’s brilliant, welcome to the Club and I’m really glad you could join! I think it’s going to be really fun. Five Go Blogging has just picked up a copy for 75p so hope you find a bargain too x