September 2017 Newsletter
We’ve been going for just over a year, now, and have settled into meeting on the 3rd Thursday afternoon of the month, in the White Lion. We celebrated our first anniversary in May with lunch at the White Lion before our meeting, which we all enjoyed, and which gave us an opportunity to reflect on books we’d read during the year. One that stood out we’d discussed at our February meeting, as it was the first one that had been enjoyed by all present. In ‘Rubbernecker’, by Belinda Bauer, the main character has autism/Asperger’s, and there was quite a lot in the media about this at that time, which added to the interest.
We mainly read books from Notts County Library Service, as they can access multiple copies, but also include books not on their list, trying to make our choices as varied as possible. When we update our programme we plan to invite local published authors to talk to us: just haven’t got round to it yet!
Our discussions about the chosen book of the month are informal, lively, and thought provoking. We may not always agree, but respect each other’s views. It really helps when members who are not able to get to a meeting email their thoughts/opinions on the book to be discussed in advance, which means their views can then be included.
For many of us, the benefit of a book group is that it encourages us to read books and authors which otherwise we may have not considered.
We’re not looking for new members at present, as we’re probably at our optimum size – not too big that it’s hard for us to fit into our preferred corner of the White Lion, but big enough to cater for the times when attendance is low. We’ll let you know if this changes.