As it happens, my book group mostly reads adult books. Crime/thriller, historical reads, family dramas with only the occasional dip into teen fiction. But that's okay. I will do just about anything so that I'm able to meet up regularly with other people who likes books and don't bat an eyelid about sitting over lunch and talking books for a few hours. Those are my sort of people and I've been looking for that for awhile now.
So today I thought I would share with you a few of our latest book group choices. In the same way that I'm attempting to bring more YA choices to the group, I am trying to diversify my own reading. There was a time when my book choices were evenly split between YA and adult fiction. Somewhere along the line, YA took over entirely. But it doesn't always have to be so.
Two Brothers by Ben Elton
The new novel from this well-loved, bestselling author.
Two Brothers is a heartrending story of two boys growing up under the darkening shadow of the Nazis. Born in Berlin in 1920 and raised by the same parents, one boy is Jewish, his adopted brother is Aryan. At first, their origins are irrelevant. But as the political landscape changes they are forced to make decisions with horrifying consequences.
I'm not the biggest fan of historical fiction but I'll read it occasionally. I've read books by Ben Elton before but this seems like a bit of a departure for him? It was picked after it was discussed on the radio by Simon Mayo? I will definitely attempt this book.
Instructions for a Heatwave by Maggie O'Farrell
The stunning new novel from Costa Award winning novelist Maggie O'Farrell: a portrait of an Irish family in crisis in the legendary heatwave of 1976. It's July 1976. In London, it hasn't rained for months, gardens are filled with aphids, water comes from a standpipe, and Robert Riordan tells his wife Gretta that he's going round the corner to buy a newspaper. He doesn't come back. The search for Robert brings Gretta's children — two estranged sisters and a brother on the brink of divorce — back home, each with different ideas as to where their father might have gone. None of them suspects that their mother might have an explanation that even now she cannot share. Maggie O'Farrell's sixth book is the work of an outstanding novelist at the height of her powers.
It is typical that not every book that is chosen for the month will be read by everyone. We pick and choose what we fancy but we do try to pick at least one book that most people will read and this time, that book is Instructions for a Heatwave. I've recently bought this book and I'm looking forward to it!
There are two other books that the group has chosen to read for our next meeting, but I won't be reading them. There's already enough to consider with this blog and my university exam coming up. BUT I am very happy that the final book choice for our group is the following...
How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff
“Every war has turning points and every person too.”
Fifteen-year-old Daisy is sent from Manhattan to England to visit her aunt and cousins she’s never met: three boys near her age, and their little sister. Her aunt goes away on business soon after Daisy arrives. The next day bombs go off as London is attacked and occupied by an unnamed enemy.
As power fails, and systems fail, the farm becomes more isolated. Despite the war, it’s a kind of Eden, with no adults in charge and no rules, a place where Daisy’s uncanny bond with her cousins grows into something rare and extraordinary.
But the war is everywhere, and Daisy and her cousins must lead each other into a world that is unknown in the scariest, most elemental way.
Our book group is officially a Film and Book group, so usually one of the books chosen will also have a film adaptation to go along with it. And we were all very taken with the film trailer for How I Live Now starring Saoirse Ronan. There are plans for a group of us to take a trip to the cinema in October
Are you part of a book group? What book would you recommend for our book group?