Book Club Book of the Year

Friday night saw one of my most eagerly awaited nights out when we hold our book club review of the year.  As always a great night with great people and much discussion on the books we’ve read over the year.  It has been a weird year for us as one of our original members left but that in itself has given us the chance to try some new things, such as getting the members of the Culture Vulture to choose one of our books and then having someone come along and write a blog on their experiences of our monthly review meetings.  As a result I find myself really looking forward to our next year of books wondering what the year will bring; new members? different approaches to selection of books? more social network interaction? – who knows but it’s all good.

We’ve read some good stuff this year with some of the more memorable ones being:

  • Alone in Berlin – Hans Fallada
  • As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning – Laurie Lee
  • The Princess Bridge – William Goldman
  • We – Yevgeny Zamyatin
The consensus however was that our book of the year was All Quite on the Western Front, Erich Maria Remarque’s searing account of life in the First World War trenches written from the German perspective.  It’s both a truly human and inhumane book that left a deep impression on all of us.  If you have not read it then pick yourself up a copy or leave a comment and you can lend mine.
Of course the final part of the review evening is to hand out the curmudgeon’s curmudgeon award which I duly won for an average book score of just over 4 out of 10 !


3 thoughts on “Book Club Book of the Year

  1. Interesting choice of books – none of which I have read. What do your book club think of the increasing popularity of the kindle and other ebook readers? Will we see the end of the traditional bookshop / paperback / hardback in the next 10 years? I thought I would never embrace the ebook until I went on holiday to South America, and then the benefits of being able to take 10 books for holiday reading without going over my luggage limit really hit home. But as I was going to visit Che Guevara’s home, I wanted to read the Motorcycle Diaries, and was disappointed to find there wasn’t a kindle version. And then my book club chose Frankie & Stankie by Barbara Trapido – also not a kindle version. I guess the catalogue of available books will grow in time…

  2. We’re totally cool about whatever format people choose. We have members who use kindles, ipads and for me good old fashioned paper. It’s the writing that is important not necessarily the medium on which is is presented. Having said that we had a very interesting discussion on this subject after reading “The People of Paper” by Salvador Plascencia where the experience is aided by having the physical book due to the nature of the way it is set out and it’s unique style.

  3. Pingback: Thoughts on: Alone in Berlin by Hans Fallada | Man of la Book

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