On Wednesday, December 8th, 2010, the book club met at Kathy’s Place for supper, gift exchange and short meeting.
We had a delicious turkey dinner with all the trimmings and delicious desserts.
During supper we discussed the Kathy Reichs books that we read in December. Each member choose a different title by Kathy Reichs. I read Grave Secrets, and I enjoyed the book. This is the book series that the television show Bones is based on. But you will find the books quite different than the television series.
This month we are reading whatever selection we would like, and in January we are each reading a different title from James Patterson‘s Alex Crossseries.
In May and June we read World Without End by Ken Follett. Everyone enjoyed this book.
This story takes place in fourteenth century England in Kingsbridge. The story revolves around four children who witnessed a killing when they were in the forest. Follett tells the story of the four children to adult hood and their relationships with each other. Near the end of the book Follet reveals the secret that the man was killed for.
The book club continues to meet at the Pangman Library on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 7:00 p.m.
In March our book selection was The Bishop Man by Linden MacIntyre, the 2009 Giller Prize winner. This book is about a sensitive topic, the sexual abuses perpetrated by the Catholic priests in Canada. It tells the story of Father Duncan who has been the Bishop’s dutiful enforcer whose duties were to check the excesses of priests and to suppress the evidence. When events veer out of control, he is sent to a small parish were he is forced into painful self-knowledge as family, community and friendship are torn apart under the strain of suspicion, obsession and guilt.
Everyone enjoyed this selection. This book generated a great deal of discussion in the group about sexual abuse in the Catholic Church, about Father Duncan’s life as an enforcer and as a small parish Priest and how he worked through this difficult time in his life.
In April we read 2nd Chance, the second book in James Patterson’s Women’s Murder Club Series. After a young girl is shot down on the steps of a San Francisco church Detective Lindsay Boxer decides that the time is right to reconvene the Women’s Murder Club. Also, Boxer’s father returns after many years and she is unsure of her feelings towards him. She and the Women’s Murder Club begin to believe that the killer might have been on the force. When their suspect is killed they find out that he could not have committed the murders due to a medical condition, so they have to convince the brass that the killer is still on the loose. In the end, everyone is shocked by who the killer actually was.
Everyone generally enjoyed this book. We did all agree that it was a bit slow in the beginning, but it became more suspenseful later on. We were all surprised when we found out who the real killer was.
In May and June we are reading World Without End by Ken Follett. We have allocated two months for this book as it is over 1,000 pages.
If you love to read and would be interested in joining the book club feel free to come to our next meeting or call Debra at 442-2055 for more information.
We all enjoyed this selection. We all liked how the author introduced the different characters in the story and how their lives crossed throughout the story. The story takes place during medieval times (12th century) in England. There is quite a bit detail about the churches of that time. Much of the story revolves around the rebuilding of the church of Kingsbridge and all the obstacles they faced trying to rebuild their church, obstacles caused by those in power at the time.
If you have not read this book, we highly recommend you read it. Later this year we will be reading another book by Ken Follett, World Without End.
We had our January book club meeting on Wednesday, January 13, 2010 at the Library.
Our December selection was This Year It Will Be Different by Maeve Binchy. A collection of 15 Christmas tales about love and family snarls in the season of comfort and joy, set in England, Ireland, and Australia.
We discussed this book a bit and the consensus was that it was not what we expected for Christmas stories and most of us did not enjoy this selection.
If you would like to read other books by Maeve Binchy, you can find more books by her on www.amazon.ca.
Our January book club selection is The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett. As this is a very large book, we will be reading the first half of this book in January and the second half in February.
Our next meeting is on Wednesday, February 10th, 7:00 p.m. at the Library.