I am a voracious reader. There has never been a time in my adult life when I haven't had a book 'on the go', so I was never really that bothered about joining one of the many book groups in our local area - imagine being told what to read! Two years ago a few of my close friends wanted to start up a small, informal book group and I was persuaded to go along and be part of it. It's been a mixed experience for me - on one hand the social side it great - we meet at someones house approximately once a month, drink too much wine and eat far too many crisps. To start with we all felt slightly shy and awkward about critiquing the book, so discussions were short, but as the months progressed, we became better - sometimes we actually spend a whole hour talking about the book before moving on to other more pressing topics. Some of the book have been (in my opinion) awful, others a real revelation and despite all the 'no shows' and the 'non readers', we are now embarking on our third year.
Last week we chose the books for the next 6 months - it was quite a heated debate, but we finally came to the agreement of reading the above books. I have read 'The Reluctant Fundamentalist', but the other titles I have not -looks like a fairly interesting selection - I'm quite looking forward to reading all of them! Comments anyone?