Cup of Coffee Book Club

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My book club is now live on Goodreads!

In case you missed last weeks post, I am going to be picking a book a month to read, which I will then review and open a discussion the following month. I love discussing books, and wanted to share my experience with other like-minded people. I have always wanted to start a book club, but as someone who travels a lot this has been impossible. So this is my version of a nice get together to chat about books. Nothing serious, just grab a cup of coffee and share your thoughts on the latest read!

This month’s book is Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple. Read why I chose this book for February here. It’s not too late to get a copy and read this book before we discuss it at the beginning of March. Plus, I will be revealing March’s book soon so do stay tuned.

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Search for Cup of coffee Book Club and get involved. Happy reading!

Emily x

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Where’d You Go, Bernadette

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Get your reading glasses on, as the first book in my book club is here! Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple is a book that I have heard great things about! Kind of a detective – whodunnit – coming of age story about a girl, Bee, and her notorious mother, Bernadette, who (can you guess it…) disappears. Bee compiles her mothers recent correspondence and sets out on a mission to find her.

Where'd You Go Bernadette

So head to the library, jump on Amazon, or steal a copy from your friends bookshelf (not recommended, but if so do ask your friend to join in the discussion too!) and lets get cracking. I will be posting the review in the first week of March and asking for everyone to contribute their thoughts then, so you have plenty enough time to get reading.

I will also be posting March’s book soon in order to give you a head start, so do keep looking out for that one. In the meantime, happy reading!

Emily

Book Club

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Hi readers,

As you may already of guessed, I am a massive book fan. I love everything about reading, from the characters to the actual books themselves. Leaving my beloved books behind is one of the hardest parts of traveling (sorry family, I miss you too). I have a Kindle for emergencies (plane journeys, being out at sea, stuck in an elevator etc.) but nothing beats the feel of a real book in your hands.

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My Bookshelf

I am a huge fan of the¬†Goodreads app, which helps me keep an up to date list of everything I want to read, and lets me keep track of what I have read. It also lets you create a reading challenge for the year, which I have set to 30 books (I figured that’s one every two weeks plus two thrown in for good measure.) If you haven’t already used this app I really recommend it, and you can add me as a ‘friend’ so you can keep track of what I am reading and have a leaf through my ‘to-read’ list for inspiration.

I read all sorts. I usually have a few books on the go; something relating to what I am writing about for research, and others just to explore a new author or something that has been recommended. I think it is good to read a good variety as a writer, and I often prefer to read books which are completely unrelated to what I am writing about, which keeps my writing fresh and original.

Anyway, I know so many of my friends and relatives love reading as much as me, and ask me for recommendations, so I thought it would be good to start a little book club. I am going to set a book for each month, and at the end of the following month give my review of the book and open a discussion. Along with this I will post some other recommendations and reviews in case you didn’t get chance to read the book of the month, or if you are, like me, a total bookworm who needs something more to get your teeth into.

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The books will be mostly fiction, and it is totally for fun. Please feel free to recommend anything you think would be suitable! I will try and post the book of the month a few months in advance, rather than month by month, in order to give you time to get your hands on a copy. This will also give any slower readers/busy bees/people with more interesting social lives than me, time to read one and take part.

So hold the line, I will be revealing the book for February which we will be reviewing in March, soon.

In the meantime please let me know if you have any recommendations for the upcoming months.

Thanks for reading!

Emily

Summer 2015 Book List.

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I am constantly scrawling down ‘books to read’ lists everywhere. I like to read a few books at the same time, and always a good variety of genres. Here is my summer¬† ‘Reading List’ for your eyes only. Plenty of time for you to finish the book that you are on now and nip down to Waterstones to make your next purchase.

So, please have a read of my list and maybe scrawl a few onto your book list too. Enjoy!

How To Be Parisian: Wherever You Are by Anne Berest, Caroline de Maigret, Sophie Mas, Audrey Diwan

Because we all secretly want to be French, and we want their secrets now! Parisian life, love and liberty wedged inside a cover that will look divine on your coffee table. And don’t just stop at the book, become as obsessed as I have and follow the Instagram page which is just as dreamy.

How To Be Parisian: Wherever You Are

How To Be Parisian: Wherever You Are

The Book Of Lost Things by John Connolly

This book was published in 2006, and only now am I turning its pages… my book lists really do go on that long. I am so glad that it is having its turn as I am completely and utterly absorbed by this book. My commute is so much better, my dreams are wild and imaginative, and my own writing is inspired … all thanks to the beautiful dark fairytale that is the Book Of Lost Things. Once I have finished this book I think that I may become a bit of a lost thing without it.

The Book Of Lost Things

The Book Of Lost Things

The First Bad Man by Miranda July

This book sounds a bit raucous and that puts it to the top of my list instantly. It has been fast tracked, I will admit it, and I cant wait to start it. Described by the author as containing ‘woman-on-woman violence, unexpected parenthood, first love, explicit sex, David Bowie, foot fungus, ‘adult games’, escaped African snails and the soul of a baby names Kubelko Bondy’ it sounds like 50 Shades of Grey on acid, set to good music and with better characters. Plainly put, it sounds great.

The First Bad Man

The First Bad Man

The Secret Of Magic by Deborah Johnson

Set in the deep south in the 1940’s, this whodunnit story sounds beautiful and intriguing. Described by The Sunday Times as ‘A powerful portrait of the Deep South in the year before the civil rights movement’, it conjures up memories of The Help, and I can safely presume it will be just as addictive.

The Secret Of Magic

The Secret Of Magic

The Lightning Tree by Emily Woolf

I love characters, rather than story, and this novel is centralized around the change that takes place in its main character, and leaves the reader analyzing what it was that produced that change. A delicate, coming of age story with lightening-bolt humour. It has all the ingredients to be a modern-day version of Chopin’s The Awakening. Here’s hoping.

The Lightning Tree

The Lightning Tree

Mindfulness in Eight Weeks by Michael Chaskalson

Mindfulness is a topic that crops up everywhere these days, and is something which if you haven’t latched on to, you are missing out on big time. It is a way of reclaiming your sense of self, your peace of mind, and your relationship with time. Step into the moment and let this book guide you in just 8 weeks. Then you will see what all the fuss is about, I promise.

Mindfulness in Eight Weeks

Mindfulness in Eight Weeks

The Rocks by Peter Nichols

This book has a beautiful front cover and is set on the island of Mallorca. As I used to live there and it has a special place in my heart, I’m already sold. The fact that it sounds like an interesting story, spanning 60 years and the blurb describes it as ‘a darkly comic, bittersweet, finally heartbreaking novel, that slips back in time to reveal the shocking incident that marked and altered these lives for ever.’ just cements its place on my March book list. I’m excited about this one.

The Rocks by Peter Nichols

The Rocks by Peter Nichols

Get In Trouble: Stories by Kelly Link

To complete my reading list, this collection of magical short stories already has a cult following and are dark explorations of utterly everything: ghosts, love, hurricanes, astronauts, evil twins, bootleggers, Ouija boards, iguanas, The Wizard of Oz, superheroes, the pyramids. Let your imagination go wild!

Get in Trouble: Stories

Get in Trouble: Stories