Book Lovers Group
Leader: Pam O´Neill
Meeting Dates: 2nd and 4th Friday 11:00-12.30
Venue: Café Falda de Loco, Oliva
If you would like to be an active participant in the Book Lovers group, please contact the leader via the button above.
A book club is a reading group, usually consisting of a number of people who read and talk about books based on a topic or an agreed-upon reading list. It’s common for book clubs to choose a specific book to read and discuss at the same time. Formal book clubs meet on a regular basis at a set location. Most book clubs meet monthly in order to give members time to read the next book. Book clubs can be focused on literary critique or on less academic topics. Some book clubs are focused on a certain genre, such as romance or horror. There are even book clubs dedicated to a particular author or series.
Do you love books? Are you often looking for people to discuss literature with? Lots of people love to read, but it can be hard to find someone to discuss the book you’re reading — especially if you love an uncommon genre. If you’re having a hard time finding people to talk with about your reading material, you might want to consider joining our book club. They’re also great opportunities to meet new people and make new friends with common interests.
AT THE MOMENT WE ARE MEETING OUTSIDE WHILE THE WEATHER IS GOOD, so please phone Pam on 962855710 if you want details.
OUR SEPTEMBER BOOK
The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
This is our Book of the month for September. It is by Alaskian author who is named after a character in The Lord Of The Rings. It was a finalist for the Pulitzer prize in 2013 and won the Specsavers National Award in 2012.It is also a Richard and Judy best seller.
This is not the romanticised land-of-the-free Alaska of Palin’s imagining, but the real thing. It’s 1920, and frontier living means building your own log cabin with logs you felled yourself. Mabel, born in Pennsylvania, is facing her second winter up north, and she is wilting in the cold and isolation. Her only pregnancy ended in a stillbirth 10 years ago, and the brisk new life she had hoped to forge here with her husband, Jack, is still tainted by grief. He, exhausted by trying to scratch a living from the wilderness, barely talks and never smiles. One evening, though, their mood lifts, and the couple play in the newly fallen snow. They build a little snowman, complete with scarf and mittens. Jack takes out his pocketknife and sculpts its tiny, perfect face – a child’s face, a girl’s. In the morning, nothing remains but a broken heap of snow and a trail of small footprints leading away. A trick of the light? Suffice to say that a pale little girl in that same scarf and mittens eventually emerges from the forest and comes to play a crucial role in Jack and Mabel’s life. But they have very different ideas about who or what she is, and what she means to them.
The best thing about The Snow Child – what sets it apart from genre fiction and keeps you reading – is the way Ivey declines to lay her cards on the table. Are we dealing with fantasy or reality here? Is the girl magical, or flesh and blood? We’re no more sure than Jack and Mabel.
Confronted with this strange situation, Jack admits to himself that he feels an “animal-like fear”. But it’s the endless wilderness as much as the girl that frightens him. Mabel, meanwhile, thinks she may be going mad. (“Cabin fever” is a joke to us, but how would you feel if you were alone all day in an actual cabin, with only a few hours of daylight – and no broadband?) Ivey combines all these ordinary, understandable anxieties to create a subtly destabilising effect.
A very unusual and different book, well worth reading.
OUR OCTOBER BOOK
This is The Beekeepers Promise by Fiona Velpy
Heartbroken and hoping for a new start, Abi Howes takes a summer job in rural France at the Château Bellevue. The old château echoes with voices from the past, and soon Abi finds herself drawn to one remarkable woman’s story, a story that could change the course of her summer—and her life.
In 1938, Eliane Martin tends beehives in the garden of the beautiful Château Bellevue. In its shadow she meets Mathieu Dubosq and falls in love for the first time, daring to hope that a happy future awaits. But France’s eastern border is darkening under the clouds of war, and history has other plans for Eliane…
When she is separated from Mathieu in the chaos of German occupation, Eliane makes the dangerous decision to join the Resistance and fight for France’s liberty. But with no end to the war in sight, her loyalty to Mathieu is severely tested.
From the bestselling author of, Sea of Memories comes the story of two remarkable women, generations apart, who must use adversity to their advantage and find the resilience deep within.