Reading for Wellbeing Virtual Book Group – January meeting

Hello all, Last week the Virtual Book Group met to discuss Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield. We really enjoyed this wintry tale centred around the Thames river and a little girl who appears to come back to life after being found seemingly drowned in it. The prose had a flowing, lyrical quality to it,Continue reading “Reading for Wellbeing Virtual Book Group – January meeting”

Reading for Wellbeing Virtual Book Group – November 22

Hello all, The Virtual Book Group met to discuss The Swimmer by Graham Norton. Several of us said that we would previously have been reluctant to pick up a novel by a celebrity author, but actually we really enjoyed this and are now looking to read more of Graham’s work! We enjoyed spending time in theContinue reading “Reading for Wellbeing Virtual Book Group – November 22”

Reading for Wellbeing Virtual Book Group April 2022

The Book Group met to discuss The Little Dreams of Lara Cliffe by Milly Johnson. The group was divided on this book – some enjoyed the light-hearted escapism of Lara’s hen do in Amsterdam, whereas others felt the story was a bit too clichéd. Though it wasn’t everyone’s cup of tea, and there is perhaps lessContinue reading “Reading for Wellbeing Virtual Book Group April 2022”

Reading for Wellbeing Virtual Book Group – February

At the last Book Group meeting we discussed Dead Simple by Harry Bingham. This was our second collection of short stories and we have really enjoyed the format. It’s interesting to sample new authors and revisit those who we have read before, particularly if we didn’t like the last thing of theirs that we read! WeContinue reading “Reading for Wellbeing Virtual Book Group – February”

Reading for Wellbeing Virtual Book Group – January Round Up

Last night the Book Group met to discuss Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman. We all really enjoyed this book – the characters were written so well that they felt like people you’d known all your life. Though there are some incredibly sad and challenging moments, overall the book is very uplifting and leavesContinue reading “Reading for Wellbeing Virtual Book Group – January Round Up”

Reading for Wellbeing Virtual Book Group – December Meet Up

Recently the Book Group met to discuss The Motive by Khurrum Rahman. Overall the group enjoyed this book – the action and dialogue moved very quickly, making it feel more like a TV episode at times. We liked how the viewpoint switched between the main characters, allowing us to understand a little bit more aboutContinue reading “Reading for Wellbeing Virtual Book Group – December Meet Up”

Reading for Wellbeing Virtual Book Group – November Meet Up

Last night the Book Group met to discuss The Familiars by Stacey Halls. It is a vivid reimagining of the Pendle Witch Trials in 1600s Lancashire, based on real people and places from the time. We really enjoyed the richness of the description of the clothes and interiors which helped to bring the Stuart settingContinue reading “Reading for Wellbeing Virtual Book Group – November Meet Up”

Reading for Wellbeing Virtual Book Group – book for November meeting

On Wednesday the Book Group met to discuss one of the new 2021 Quick Reads – ‘The Baby is Mine’ by Oyinkan Braithwaite. This title got a more negative than positive review from the group – we all felt that it had real potential which unfortunately was not realised. We didn’t feel that it builtContinue reading “Reading for Wellbeing Virtual Book Group – book for November meeting”

Reading for Wellbeing Virtual Book Group

The next meeting of the Reading for Wellbeing Virtual Book Group is taking place on Wednesday 6th October,at 7-8pm via WebEx. This month we will be discussing The Baby is Mine by Oyinkan Braithwaite. If you would like to receive a WebEx invitation please let Kathryn know (details below). Use of a webcam is completelyContinue reading “Reading for Wellbeing Virtual Book Group”

Reading for Wellbeing Virtual Book Group – September

Hello all, Last night the Book Group met to discuss Maggie O’Farrell’s Hamnet. Several of us found it perhaps a bit hard to connect with at first, as it does move around in time and between the perspectives of several different characters. However, by the end we were blown away by the complex characters, theContinue reading “Reading for Wellbeing Virtual Book Group – September”