29 Nov 2013
12 months, 11 women, much wine and many opinions.
The Christmas celebration was filled with cheesy Christmas music – Michael Bublé anyone? – and great food. It was for many the first official end of year celebration and there was some relish with which several members of the party took to that first gin and tonic.
Blogvember took a back seat while we feasted and chatted. During the end of dinner there was a suggestion of writing a line each for a post, however when it came to it, the motivation waned. I did however ask the eleven women some questions. And here is a glimpse into what we get up to once a month.
I like book club because I read things I would never otherwise read – KM
And sometimes I appreciate the books more after we discuss them. However, in most cases I still forget them – AM
What about the new Christos Tsiolkas one? Is that full of the c word like the last one? KM
They are quite good to listen to in the car … Matthew Riley .. talking books – AM
Coming down in favour of Roadl Dahl for the kids as talking books … they are good family distraction – CP
I like book club because it is my only adult pursuit – TP
David Tennant doing all the Vikings accents – is awesome – I love David – the how to train your dragon stories are awesome, the characters are awesome, even if I can never remember all their names – CP
I love bookclub because you can be smart at bookclub and it is ok, no wait, it’s because you can be opinionated and that’s ok – TL
I love bookclub because I get to hang out with fabulous women – LR
I love bookclub because I have met wonderful women I might never have met – KSM
The only reason I am here is because I had a crush on Paula’s boyfriend – TP
It is not about the book, it’s about downloading our lives – KSM
The books are sometimes hotly debated. Contentious books particularly. The chats and stories and support are worth as much as all the books in the world.
This year we read – Flaubert’s Parrot (Jullian Barnes), Past the Shallows (Favel Parret), When Colts Ran (Roger McDonald – our Canberra Centenary book), 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window (Jonas Janasson), Behind the Beautiful Forevers (Katherine Boo), Illegal Action (Stella Rimington), The Rose Grower (Michelle De Krester), The Constant Gardener (John LeCarre), The Perks of Being a Wall Flower (Stephen Chbosky), Burial Rites (Hannah Kent), and Dog Boy (Eva Hornung ).