Each month I host an open meeting at Browsers Bookshop, Woodbridge in Suffolk. We usually focus on modern fiction and the discussion regularly attracts around 20 people, men and women, of all ages.
The People on Privilege Hill
Humorous characterisation, and gentle description, it was considered an enjoyable book.
Digging to America
Cover image and blurb was considered misleading, and the group felt so much more could have been said in the book.
A light read which was disappointing in its lack of depth. The author writing as females was considered ineffective.
The Elegance of the Hedgehog
Another book which divided the group: some found it intriguing and atmospheric, others were frustrated.
An Artist of the Floating World
A puzzling book which some championed, but others felt disappointing.
The Reluctant Fundamentalist
A deceptively easy read but with the author's on words and difficult themes to explore, this proved a thought-provoking discussion.
The Night Watch
An atmospheric account of wartime London for women, with the reverse chronology adding an interesting element.
Be Near Me
A dark book with no likeable characters, however the two men who attended enjoyed it.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Taken out of their comfort zone, most enjoyed this book but a number of members were very distressed by the account of violence towards women.