IVC Book Club

IVC Book Club

The IVC Book Club started in January 2006 with just three of us.  We were partly inspired by the Richard and Judy Book Club but also by a wish to get back into the habit of reading.  The first book we chose was a noble choice – Catch 22 by Joseph Heller – but was a resounding “miss”, well for us anyway.  Fortunately, we’ve had many more “hits” than “misses” since then!  We’ve also grown in numbers to approximately eight and are pleased that some new IVC members have joined us too recently.

We meet approximately every 6 weeks, either in someone’s home or going out for a drink or meal to a local pub.  It’s a very informal, friendly group – no-one’s under any pressure to finish the book and discussions are never too in-depth.  Below is a list of all the books we’ve read since 2006.  Our favourites from 2008 and 2009 were The Road Home by Rose Tremain and Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith.

If you’d like to join us, even if it’s just for one book you fancy reading or if you’ve got any suggestions, please talk to me or one of the other book club members at a club night.

Jane, February 2010

2006

January
Catch 22 by Joseph Heller

March
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

April
Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier

June
Brick Lane by Monica Ali

August
A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian by Marina Lewycka

September
The Conjurer’s Bird by Martin Davies

October
My Sister’s Keeper by Jodie Picoult

December
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

2007

January
The Great Stink by Clare Clark

February
Small Island by Andrea Levy

April
Interpretation of Murder by Jed Rubenfeld

May
The Color Purple by Alice Walker

July
No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith

August
The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid by Bill Bryson

October
The Northern Lights by Philip Pullman

November
Either:  Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier or Penguins Stopped Play by Harry Thompson

2008

January
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen by Paul Torday

March
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

April
Pies and Prejudice by Stuart Maconie

May
The Call of the Wild: My Escape to Alaska by Guy Grieve

June
The Yes Man by Danny Wallace

July
The Road Home by Rose Tremain (Winner of 2008 Orange Prize, our 2008 Book of the Year)

August
The Suspicions of Mr Whicher by Kate Summerscales (Winner of the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction)

October
Where Rainbows End by Cecelia Aherne

November
Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh

2009

January
Restoration by Rose Tremain

February
The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry

April
When will there be Good News by Kate Atkinson (also Glyndwr University Book Club)

May
The Chrysalids by John Wyndham

June
Burning Bright by Tracy Chevalier

August
Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith (our 2009 Book of the Year)

September
Girl on the Landing by Paul Torday

October
Adventures on the High Teas by Stuart Maconie

December
Diary of a Nobody by George and Weedon Grossmith

2010

January
Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier

March
Brixton Beach by Roma Tearne

7 thoughts on “IVC Book Club

  1. just found your bookclub, the list of books read so far is interesting. I would like to find out more.

    regards

    julie

  2. I’m interested in joining the book club and was wondering if you could tell me when the next meeting is and what book you are reading

    Liz

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