Re-reading novels – is life too short?

Being a member of a reading group I often find that the book chosen is something I have already read.  I used to feel it was a waste of time to re-read and tried to wing it by looking at a synopis online, but faced with Wolf Hall as our next choice might be wise and useful to re-read it? Will it give me a better ubooks-ahoynderstanding?   I re-read Wuthering Heights in my 30s and was saddened to see Heathcliffe as a tiresome bully instead of the hero of my teenage years.

Perhaps ones initial emotional response to a novel should not be tested with a second read. What do you think?


His Last Bow by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

His Last Bow, by Sir Arthur Conan DoyleAnd for our next group read:
His Last Bow by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

This is a spy story and one of the last outings for Holmes and Watson.  It is in a collection of 7 (or 8) short stories, you can read them all or just the title story – your choice.

There are copies in lots of our libraries and if you need to reserve one there will be no charges made for this service.

So grab yourself a copy and perhaps comment as you are reading, rather than waiting until you have finished it.

“There’s an east wind coming, Watson.”
“I think not, Holmes. It is very warm.”
“Good old Watson! You are the one fixed point in a changing age. There’s an east wind coming all the same, such a wind as never blew on England yet. It will be cold and bitter, Watson, and a good many of us may wither before its blast. But it’s God’s own wind none the less, and a cleaner, better, stronger land will lie in the sunshine when the storm has cleared.”

A patriotic passage from the story which has often been quoted.

Reading anything good?

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An author you have just discovered?

Talk about it here!


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What shall we read next?

latest trainWe could celebrate the birth of the London Underground – 150 years on 9 January – by reading a book set on the Bakerloo line?  

253 by Geoff Ryman is a novel about 252 passengers and 1 driver during a journey from Embankment to Elephant and Castle. Their personal histories, thoughts about themselves and other passengers are described on one page for each character. Perfect to dip into when on the tube or the bus. 

Anyone have any other ideas?

2012 – A Year in Review

Its the New Year and perfect timing to start keeping a record of everything you read during the year. This blog is another place to find recommended books with reviews – definitely worth checking out.

Reflections of a Book Addict

fireworksAnd with it being  January 1st, 2013 we can officially end 2012 and all its reading goals.  I’m very happy to say that I have succeeded in reading my 110 books for the year and exceeded that goal by a whopping 74 books!  With the success of this year I’ll up my reading goal again for 2013.  Keep an eye out for my annual New Year, New Challenges post for a breakdown of what I’m looking to accomplish.

2012 has definitely been a year of eclectic reading for me.  It’s difficult to pick my favorite books of the year since I read so many, but here is my best go:

  1. The Girl on the Cliff by Lucinda Riley
  2. The Orchid House by Lucinda Riley
  3. Dangerous to Know by Tasha Alexander
  4. A Million Suns by Beth Revis
  5. The Apothecary’s Daughter by Julie Klassen
  6. When Beauty Tamed the Beast by Eloisa James

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Which books would you like to see in your stocking?


Are you hoping for the latest thriller, a recommended non-fiction or a juicy novel?

The Book of Lost Things, by John Connolly

The Book of Lost Things, by John ConnollyThis is the second Text Tribe book.

Have you read it?

Do you plan to read it?

How is it going?

What did you think?

Will you – or have you – read other books by the same author?

Talk about it here!

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More free books up for grabs – if we’re quick…

The Greatcoat by Helen DunmoreNot enough people were interested in The Marlowe Papers, but Reading Groups for Everyone seem to be giving away a lot of sets of books at the moment.

If we’re interested, we have to apply quickly though – please express your interest in the comments here, or on Twitter, and if there are enough people up for it in time then we’ll enter the competition!

  • The Rose Petal Beach by Dorothy KoomsonThe Greatcoat by Helen Dunmore
    (deadline 26 November)
  • The Rose Petal Beach by Dorothy Koomson
    (deadline 28 November)
  • Sacrilege by S J Parris
    (deadline 30 November)Sacrilege by SJ Parris

Look out for more offers by following @reading_groups on Twitter – if there are any that tickle your fancy, post about them here.

You *must* read this book!

If you had to choose one book to thrust into someone else’s hand, saying “You must read this!” – what would it be? And why?

Fancy reading this?

The Marlowe Papers by Ros BarberHello all – we’ve just seen this on the Reading Groups for everyone website: Free copies of The Marlowe Papers for reading groups. Have a look.

If enough people on here fancy reading it in January, we’ll enter the competition.

What do you think? Reply to this post or on Twitter asap.

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