Book Stack :: Book Club Reads

October 14, 2018

This year for the first time I have been a member of a book club where we all read the same book and discuss it together. It is run through my local Harry Hartog book shop, and our host Claire does such an amazing job each month. This month's meeting was yesterday (we read The Second Cure by Margaret Morgan) and I thought it might be fun for today's book stack to have a look at the titles we've read so far. I managed to round them all up for a photo except for Whistle in the Dark (which I gave to my mum last week).

Tin Heart :: Shivaun Plozza (April)
We started in a place that I was super comfortable - with some #loveozYA.
Tin Heart is the story of a girl who is trying to make sense of her life and self after receiving a heart transplant. I wrote more about this one in my review here.

Whistle in the Dark :: Emma Healey (May)
Our book club discussion for Whistle in the Dark was really interesting - a couple of us had gone into this title expecting a thriller or mystery, and been surprised to find ourselves in a family drama instead. What was also interesting was that the majority of us seemed to leave our meeting liking the book more that before our discussion. I wrote a bit more about this book and the impact our expectations can have on our reading experience here.)

The Yellow House :: Emily O'Grady (June)
I think I say it every month, and now I'm saying it about each book as I look back over them, but I honestly think The Yellow House has been my favourite book club book so far. This is more family drama, but around a far more sinister situation. This was one of those books that makes you feel uncomfortable the whole way through, but the writing was so wonderful that it was still incredibly readable despite the awful themes it covers. I written about this one previously too - click here if you'd like to read my review.

The Book Ninja :: Ali Berg & Michelle Kalus (July)
In a total about-face from the previous month, July's book was the fun and lighthearted The Book Ninja - about a book snob called Frankie who  decides to find love by leaving her favourite books on public transport. In the tradition of light romance, this one was full of almost too quirky characters in increasingly silly situations. I loved how recognisable Melbourne was as the setting for this one.

Under Your Wings :: Tiffany Tsao (August)
August took us back into the realms of family drama. Under Your Wings opens with Gwendolyn realising she is the only survivor of her twin sister having poisoned their entire family. As Gwendolyn lies in a coma she thinks back through her relationship with her sister Estella, piecing together what happened and why. This one blew my mind a bit and I really enjoyed it!

The Botanist's Daughter :: Kayte Nunn (September)
I missed the September book club meeting, but this one had been on my radar so I picked it up anyway. I still haven't read it, but you know I do love a book that brings together stories from different times - especially women's stories - so I'm looking forward to it!

The Second Cure :: Margaret Morgan (October)
Our latest read  The Second Cure was a clever investigation of how our beliefs are shaped, and the way our society can be driven by them. When the story starts the world has been swept by a strain of toxoplasmosis which is infecting people and changing the way they think, mostly to make them less politically conservative and to lessen their faith in the church. This was pretty heavy reading in parts - it got quite technical in some of the sciencey bits - and had a hint of Atwood's Handmaid's Tale to it, fitting into on the feminist dystopian niche that we're seeing a bit of lately. Having just finished this one on Friday I'm still thinking it over a bit, I might write up some more of my thoughts on it in a review here soon.

The Girl on the Page :: John Purcell (November)
Up next month is The Girl on the Page. I've seen this one all over social media, but actually know very little about it except that it is an insider's look at the publishing industry, and that it gets a bit racy haha.

I would love to know more about other people's book clubs! Do you have a favourite book you've read with your book club, or something every one hated? Let me know in the comments!

xo Bron

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