if there is one then i'd like to join too. if not, we should start one.
ta i'll check it out.. i need it to be in the evenings though.
edit: found some info here. it is in the evening, 7-9.30. but it's on a tuesday. WHY IS EVERYTHING ON A TUESDAY??
this website looks pretty good to start searching on.
i'd quite like to go to one too. It would be more fun to do one in people's houses, I think.
i thought i'd already posted this but it isn't here. hope it wasn't deleted for being too boring or something.
my original post said:
that website that i said looked good is very out of date i think.
looks from the haringey libraries website like the stroud green library reading group actually meet on a thursday. their next meeting is tomorrow (a thousand splendid suns).
on that haringey page there are loads of other reading groups, evening and daytime ones, at all the different haringey libraries (muswell hill, marcus garvey, hornsey, alexandra park, highgate, wood green).
@Donna i was actually looking for a housey one too.
Cool, well we should do it! Anyone else up for a book club at a home? We could rotate it each month.
My favourite day would be Monday.
Not you Marquis. A Qu'ran reading book club with a former monk could be many things, but unlikely to be boring.
I was referring to Sophie above writing: "i thought i'd already posted this but it isn't here. hope it wasn't deleted for being too boring or something."
I would be up for a book club too, and Monday's sound alright to me.
We could take turns - might help with the variety element.
I can't imagine anyone else wants to read the stuff I read.
David could have first pick of book. He would pick something like "scaling enterprise frameworks in PHP"
You could all sit around and hope he doesn't ruin the end for you.
I read your books, Andy.
mondays are fine for me too. it would be lovely to go to different people's houses and every now and then we could go to a pub.
the whole point of it for me would be to read things that i wouldn't usually read, so i'm definitely up for taking turns to pick books. i'd hope for a mix of old/new, fiction/non-fiction, novels/short stories/poetry(?), bestsellers/classics, and different genres including all the things that other people don't think anyone else would want to read. i have a horrible habit of being prejudiced and dismissive of books that i think will be trashy or that are advertised on the tube. i need someone to kick me up the bum for that.
i'm also aware that i don't get the most from the books i read - i read loads but tend to just get the story from it where other people talk about subtexts & themes which i never even noticed. so i would like to go to a book group to learn from other people how to appreciate books. and also how to properly slag them off. because when i don't like a book i can never really explain why.
@marquis, i would love to read the qu'ran one day but i think i would need to do a lot of learning-to-read practice first. i just finished the satanic verses and found it incredibly tiring and difficult. i'm sure i would have enjoyed it a lot more if i had more knowledge of religious texts of all kinds. it sounds like a really good idea but i don't know if i could give it enough of my time at the moment (such a poor excuse).
Awesome. I'm definitely up for it. Feb 1st or 8th works for me.
I quite like the sound of this one: The Elegance of the Hedgehog http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2008/sep/14/fiction3
Or perhaps we should pick a short one?
http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/books/books_group/article2632680.ece Anyone want to read any of these?
Untouchable by Mulk Raj Anand
An Awfully Big Adventure by Beryl Bainbridge
A Month in the Country by J. L Carr
The God Boy by Ian Cross
The Barrytown Trilogy by Roddy Doyle (three quick reads in one)
The Bookshop by Penelope Fitzgerald
Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
Moon Tiger by Penelope Lively
Bonjour Tristesse by Françoise Sagan
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark
Oh, go on then. Monday works. I just read the Kite Runner and it got to me.
any of those sound fab. out of that list i've only read bonjour tristesse & i think it'd be best read in the summer.
as long as they are all easily available in local libraries i think they should be alright.
i can't do the 8th but any other monday is ok for me. if the 8th is ok for everyone else, of course i'll just join in on the next one.
i read cloud atlas a few years ago and it was good but i'd definitely like to read it again. i'll read anything. i just started richard feynmann's 'six easy pieces' and will definitely need something to look forward to for after i finish.
where's n4_bandit got to? it was his/her idea in the first place.. hope mondays are ok for him/her.