The Bembridge Bookworms been getting together for some years now, meeting roughly every six weeks. It is a bit ad hoc, especially as we get into summer. You don’t need to buy the books as they are ordered through the library service.
Depending on the number of copies we can get, it may be necessary to pass a book on to another reader within the group. We have somewhere between 2 and 4 weeks to read any one book, although sometimes it is longer.
When we get together to discuss the book, our discussions are sometimes very cursory and sometimes more in-depth, but for many of us, and certainly me, what I get from this Book Club is reading books that I would not otherwise have read. There have been occasions when no-one has finished a book; but no-one is made to feel that they should have read a book that they hated or ‘could not get into’. What we try to have is an enjoyable evening out! These evenings are always fun and relaxed, with lots of chatter.
If you are a member or have paid as a visitor, you are welcome to join us that month. If you would like to read the current book let me know and I will try to get a copy to you.
Details of our next meeting can be found in our Events calendar on the right.
Donation to IOW Library
In April 2018, Brenda and Pam proudly presented a cheque to the library service to fund two sets of books for the island’s book clubs. This money was contributed by our wonderful and generous Bookworms who wanted to show their appreciation and give something back.
The Book Bus
During 2016, we collected £100 and have chosen to donate it, appropriately, to the Book Bus charity. Several of the Bookworms are retired primary teachers, and we thought that the Book Bus would be an excellent charity to support since it focuses on children, providing books, and creating a love of reading in places in the world which most likely are robbed of these opportunities.
Ten years ago, The Book Bus sent its first book-stuffed bus to Africa, and since then has brought the joy of reading to over 100,000 children in Zambia, Ecuador, India, Malawi and the UK. Their staff and volunteers have helped young imaginations run wild with 500 kilos of crayons, 125,000 pencils and 20,000 goggly eyes. They have also clocked up a huge mileage to donate 90,000 books to 169 schools, create hundreds of dedicated reading corners and built three brand spanking new community libraries. So, we, the Bembridge Bookworms, are delighted to be able to add our support to the amazing work of The Book Bus.
Books we’ve read recently:
- Aug/Sep 2019: How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff
- Jul/Aug 2019: Drive Your Plow Over The Bones Of The Dead by Olga Tokarczuk
- Jun/Jul 2019: Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
- May/Jun 2019: A Spool Of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler
- Mar/Apr 2019: The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
- Jan/Feb 2019: Nora Webster By Colm Toibin
- Dec 2018: 11 Titles by Anne Perry
- Oct 2018: Summer Of ’76 by Isabel Ashdown
- Aug/Sep 2018: A Month In The Country by J.L. Carr
- Jul/Aug 2018: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
- Jun 2018: The Improbability Of Love by Hannah Rothschild
- April 2018: Magpie Murders By Anthony Horowitz
- Mar 2018: The Help by Kathryn Stockett
- Jan 2018: Snapper By Brian Kimberling
- Nov 2017: The Lady And The Unicorn By Tracy Chevalier
- Oct 2017: After the Fall by Charity Norman
- Jul 2017: Two Caravans by Marina Lewycka
- Apr 2017: Lacey’s House by Joanne Graham
- Mar 2017: Longbourn by Jo Baker
- Jan 2017: Instructions For A Heatwave by Maggie O’Farrell
- Nov 2016: A Redbird Christmas by Fannie Flagg
- Oct 2016: Gold by Chris Cleave
- Sept 2016: Only Time Will Tell by Jeffrey Archer