This year I set myself the simple task of reading 15 books in my ‘reading challenge’. I’m currently reading book 23 of 2018, so picking my ‘best of the year’ so-far is quite a tricky one.
We ask a local bookclub (and WoB customers) what their thoughts are on different books.
“This is definitely not the sort of book I would ever have picked up if I didn’t have to read it for the book group. However, I was pleasantly surprised. I thought it was great! It was funny and witty, and as a result of reading this, I will now definitely read another Terry Pratchett book, which I’d been putting off doing for years!”
“I literally laughed out loud – at home, on the bus, it didn’t matter. People probably think I’m a bit odd now!”
“To be honest I didn’t understand it all. It lost me a fair few times. The sheer amount of characters was just too much to make up all the connections. I’ve never really been into the fantasy genre, and this one won’t be getting me into it I’m afraid”
“I’ll admit it did witter away at times so I actually skipped quite a lot, but other than that I really enjoyed it. I loved the friendship between Aziraphale and Crowley – it was hilarious at times. They could even have had their own book and I’d have been happy to read it”
“This book is interesting because it can be taken at face value, i.e. satirical, or deeper issues can be considered like the commentary on religion is offers. I read somewhere that it could also be considered as being political, but completely disagree. That aside, there were some pretty bizarre images created in it like the road full of fish, or a nuclear machine being instantly replaced by a sherbet lemon… I think I actually found it quite tiring to read because it was so strange and out of my comfort zone. I wouldn’t rule out another book by the authors though”
Following on from our review of ‘The Great Gatsby’ by F. Scott Fitzgerald this week, we asked a local book group who read the book for their opinion.
“I liked it. I thought it was beautifully written and it kept me hooked the whole way through. I didn’t really want it to end!”
“It was good! I liked the fact that the main character of Gatsby doesn’t actually appear until 50 pages into the book, it just hypes up this image of a partying, unobtainable and mysterious guy. When you find out that his story stems from love, he becomes a great protagonist”
“I wasn’t sure about this book. I just found it dull and boring. There was nothing in it that captured my imagination and the ending was just a complete flop. I felt deflated after reading it which isn’t exactly the way you should probably feel about a book”
“I’m interested to know how the film director will interpret ‘The Great Gatsby’. With no emotion towards the characters inferred in the book, it’ll be hard to get a cinema audience to care about their fates if they’re portrayed so unemotionally. However, I think there is room for people to take what they want from this novel – some people will draw the moral of the inconsequential and meaningless nature of wealth and possessions, and some people will just enjoy the love story”
“I hated it! I didn’t even finish it if I’m honest…Ooops…”
Why not let us know what you think? Not read the book yet or want to remind yourself of it? Grab a copy from World of Books and get talking about it today!
Following our review of Yann Martel’s ‘Life of Pi’, we thought we’d ask a local book-group what some of their thoughts were…
“I thought it was very moving. You really felt you were there with the main character watching him. There really were times during it that my heart was in my throat!”
“I think the author is trying too hard to spark a debate between religion and science, I found all the theory and narration quite tiring but pushed on through so we could discuss it. I also started to lose interest when Pi reaches the cannibal island, this just seemed a step too far…”
“I LOVED IT! Of course it won the Man Booker Prize, it’s a beautifully written book and made me tearful more than once. I actually thought the film was true to the book, which is unusual, although there were some odd extras the filmmakers added I guess to ‘Hollywood-ise’ it, such as a love story which doesn’t exist in the book, and the whale losing all Pi’s supplies. I didn’t feel that these were necessary”
“I’m on the fence to be honest. I got the points the author was trying to make, but in doing so it did sometimes feel a little bit self-indulgent. Having said that, I still read it pretty quickly and would recommend it to people”
Why not let us know what you thought?!