Hi there book lovers
If this is your first introduction to the ABO Book Club welcome and a big hello again to those already actively into it. How fabulous are all the book recommendations and chatter we've got going on? I love it (& don't worry if you aren't on Facebook there's a printable reading list further down capturing a whole lot of them and I will produce a new list each book club post too).
Last time I introduced the concept of this book club (read all about it here if you need to catch up) and we decided on the psychological thriller "Friend Request" by Laura Marshall as our group reader for June/July. I loved seeing everyones photo's of where in the world they were reading it, we've got a great bunch of travellers in this group!
The Facebook Group discussion on the book was last night and interestingly the overall view with most was not really liking the book compared to a lot of online reviews that raved about it. I think the subject matter of bullying is so disturbing and the general consensus was that it's it's not a subject matter that people read for pleasure, the characters were hard to warm to for this reason. Some of the comments were:
"the book did take me back to my high school days & made me think about how I would present myself at a reunion"
"an interesting & at times confronting address of how subtle but destructive bullying can be"
"The last 3 chapters certainly kept me power reading to finish the book. Very intense but not a favourite"
"In not liking the characters meant that the author did a good job of creating and describing them for me"
"Easy to read and couldn't put it down towards the end"
"Easy read with lots of twists and turns"
From our chat group, most, but not all, wouldn't recommend it. What did you think?
I've read ahead, as I know some of you also have, for the August reader and it's up there as one of my absolute favourite reads at the moment. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine" by Gail Honeyman. But is she really?
It was the winner of the Costa First Novel Award 2017, longlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2018, number 1 Sunday Times bestseller & excitingly soon to be a movie produce by Reece Witherspoon!
Without giving too much away, here are some foodie suggestions you may like to have while reading it. Sausage rolls (if you've read it did you pick up on the reference????)
I particularly like this recipe by Bake Play Smile anything with "Easy" in the title works for me or perhaps Cheese Scones like these ones I made earlier, see if when you read that part if you also get a craving for them (also good for lunch boxes) ...
It may be sailing a little close to being in poor taste (you have to read the book to know what I mean) to suggest a Vodka to wash it all down but given it's bookclub this Lemon Drop Cocktail is a lovely way to enjoy some, it's mainly champagne anyway and a party favourite of mine too!
Given that I know you will not be able to put this book down until you have finished it we are going to have the Facebook discussion a little earlier than last time and hold it at the end of August, it still gives you a whole month to read it so hopefully that's ok with you? I've just put a little poll up in the FB group to see what night of the week suits best.
Now, if you are looking for some more suggestions here is a Reading/ Listening/ Viewing printable list of recommendations. The Fierce Girls podcast is great for kids and my whole family was addicted to "Back in Time for Dinner" on ABCiView, so interesting. Nanette had me in tears, a must watch I think. My school Mum friends have been passing around "The Rules of Backyard Croquet", it's currently on my bedside table.
If you have a friend going through a bit of a difficult time at the moment any of thesebook / podcast / viewing recommendations would make for a nice distraction, a bit of escapism so please feel free to share with them and if you are wanting to give them a gift to show you are thinking of them why not check out the ABO Gifts of Kindness range, or any of our other gift boxes. You choose and we take care of all the rest. Easy, thoughtful, kind. Blatant self promotion over!
Enjoy your reading and if you have any feedback I'd love to hear it in the comments section below or via email firstname.lastname@example.org or in the Facebook Group and please do ask any of your friends to join the group too.
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