A book club catch-up

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It’s been a while since I updated what we have been reading at book club:

  • October –‘Murder by Family’ – a true story written by Kent Whitaker, whose family was shot, killing his wife and son, and injuring Kent and his other son. I am not giving away the ending by saying that it was his injured son who orchestrated the shooting, as this book focuses on how Kent forgives his son via his religious beliefs. While it verged on evangelical (in my eyes), it can’t hurt to ask yourself: Would you be able to forgive your own child, for killing your spouse and other child?
  • November – The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton – I’ll give you the link for the blurb, because I’ll be honest, I didn’t finish this. I did try, but it just wasn’t for me. It was however, the 2013 Man Booker Prize winner, so it’s obviously a great book according to some rather accomplished judges.
  • December – The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards – What would you do if your daughter is born with Down Syndrome? Keep her or send her to an institution? While this might be an easy question for you to answer, now think about this: It is 1964. You are a doctor. Your wife delivers a healthy son first, before his twin is delivered. This second baby is a surprise. It has Down Syndrome. Your wife realises none of this… A compelling read about Caroline, the Doctor’s nurse, who keeps baby Phoebe as her own, and disappears from town. The Doctor’s wife on  the other hand, believes her child dead, while the Doctor must keep his secret.
  • January – break for school holidays.
  • February – Pride and Prejudice – this classic by Jane Austen was meant to have been discussed this week, however, having four farmer’s wives in the group meant that we were stuck at home with children while the husband’s were planting (or in the case of one lady, a day of mustering). This is lucky in a way, as I still haven’t finished it, meaning I should be ready by the time we have double book club in March. I can understand why this is such a favourite novel among many, and while I don’t dislike the book so far, it’s not one that I will rush out to read again. It just doesn’t do anything for me… Please don’t shoot me down in flames for saying so!

We have our books picked out for the next little while:

March – The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

April – The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas

May – Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier

June – Nine Days by Toni Jordan

July – Eyre by Time Winton

August – Trail of Broken Wings by Sejal Badani

A diverse range to read, if nothing else! Do you want to join in? 

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