In Book Review, Miscellaneous, Reading Groups on July 27, 2012 at 8:59 pm
Richard and Judy have launched this year’s Summer Book Club with ten irresistible titles to complete every reader’s summer book list. They hope they have created the perfect summer read compilation with a mix of debut and more established authors so have a look and see what you think:
In Book Review, Miscellaneous, Reading Groups on August 3, 2011 at 1:39 pm
Join us as we enter Pullman’s fantasy world Northern Lights, where demons swoop and scuttle along the streets of London and Oxford, where the mysterious Dust swirls invisibly through the air, and where only one child knows secrets the adults would kill for.
Lyra lives in a society where everyone’s soul is separate and visible. For every individual shares the journey of his life with a daemon, an animal form which stays close and shares all intimate thoughts and which by its very appearance can reflect the most subtle state of mind. Lyra and her daemon Pantalaimon enjoy a carefree existence as an orphan under the haphazard care of Jordan College in Oxford. There she plays with her friend Roger the kitchen boy, running wild in the College grounds, up on the roofs and down in the crypt.
But a morbid fear lurks in Lyra’s world. Children are disappearing, seduced somehow from the slums, vulnerable children who are unlikely to be missed. No one knows what happens to them for they are never heard of again, taken by the Gobblers. When the Gobblers strike in Oxford their appearance coincides with that of the strangely compelling Mrs Coulter who distracts Lyra from the alarming loss of Roger. Lyra begins to fear that Mrs Coulter is responsible for the abduction of the children and she determines to uncover the truth behind the Gobblers and what goes on at the Experimental Station in the remote north. There may also be a chance to rescue Roger.
In the ensuing mission Lyra pits Good against Evil. And the Witches of the North hint at her fulfillment of a prophecy.
This is a book to be read on many levels. It can be read as a straightforward adventure. But there are some challenging themes to ponder
Is the human soul separate from the human body? Does the soul die when the body dies? Can we commit a sin if we do not have a soul? Can we be rescued from the burden of original sin?
Is there a parallel universe?
What did you think about Pullman’s depictions of an arctic wonderland?
We look forward to your comments
In Book Review, Miscellaneous, Reading Groups on June 29, 2011 at 12:59 pm
Let’s face it we are all busy people, so this month we will be reading a Quick Read. Quick Reads are described as perfect for people on the go. As we have Lucy Cavendish appearing at Willesden Green Library on Friday 15 July it only seems right that we discuss one of Lucy’s books.
Jack and Jill is the disturbing tale of a small boy Jack and his devoted sister. Nobody has ever heard Jack speak, except Jill. They communicate in a secret language that nobody can understand. The book had us gripped when Jack witnesess an incident. We want to know whether this is the trigger that will finally move Jack to speak.
Running through the story is Jill’s pursuit to understand why her mum is dumping her and Jack in the country? Why did her dad leave and she’s not allowed to talk about it? She doesn’t know why her aunt and uncle give her and Jack strange looks, or why they’re being talked about in the village. With a local country boy Jill decides to find out what’s going on and uncovers the appalling truth behind brother Jack’s silence.
We think this is a beautiful little book that has been really well written.
Get involved with this month’s discussion for the Virtual Book Group. We hope that you can join us!
In Book Review, Miscellaneous, Reading Groups on June 8, 2011 at 11:06 am
This month we are reading Guernica by Dave Boling.
Visit the Virtual Book Group page and see the discussion so far. The Author himself is inviting questions!
After his mother dies in childbirth, and his father swiftly follows with a mortally broken heart, Justo Ansotegui is left with the enormity of looking after his two younger brothers and running the farm in the Basque community of Guernica. Curious to find out a little more about the plot?
The book is well worth reading, even Picasso makes an entrance!
Tell us what you think….
In Book Review, Reading Groups on May 3, 2011 at 10:53 am
This month’s read The Gunslinger is the first in a series of six books in Stephen King’s The Dark Tower series. Begun during Stephen King’s college years, The Gunslinger was completed over a period of twelve years of intermittent work, during which Stephen King published his early novels and became known as one of the best selling authors of all time.
The Gunslinger does not belong in King’s horror genre. It is a tale of respect and determination straight from the wild west weaving fantasy elements such as wizards, magic, strange creatures and sceret doors.
Visit the Virtual Book Group page to join in the discussion!
In Events, Reading Groups on April 11, 2011 at 2:35 pm
The Tamil Reading Group meet every month to discuss a wide range of topics, often joined by special guests speakers including popular authors, academics and prominent community members.
This month’s meeting has been postponed due to the Easter holiday and the group will now be meeting next at Willesden Green Library on Saturday 28th of May, between 2.30-4.30pm to discuss the Architectural Beauty of Ancient Indian Temples.
In Book Review, Reading Groups on April 7, 2011 at 2:35 pm
We like to discuss a varied range of books here on the Brent Book Blog. This month we are celebrating comics and the rise of the graphic novel. April’s read for the Virtual Book Group is Gonzo: A graphic biography of Hunter S Thompson. If you are new to graphic novels don’t close the page, give this one a go. We would love to know what you think.
Over the course of Hunter S. Thompson’s life he was publicly branded a bum, a vandal, a thief, a liar, an addict, and a psychopath. Some of which were true. This is his story – the story of a troubled kid from Louisville who went on to become an international icon.
If you fancy something a bit different or have read the book and want to tell us what you thought then be sure to join us online throughout the month to debate this one! Matt, the Librarian is facilitating the virtual book chat this month so it promises to be witty and entertaining affair!
In Reading Groups on January 10, 2011 at 5:51 pm
Brent’s first ever ‘virtual’ book group launches here on February 1st where the discussion all happens online.
You don’t even have to set foot out of the house on a wintry night or battle with your brolly to make it down to the library. You can tell us what you think of our chosen books and engage with other readers online.
With our virtual book club, there are no set meeting times, so you determine your reading pace. All you have to do is check this site to see what book we are reading and then borrow the book from any Brent Library. Reservations on our book of the month will be free. You can add your comments on the blog as you progress throught the book and take part in discussions with other readers online.
To celebrate Valentines Day our chosen book for February is David Nicholls’ One Day. An amazing romantic read and best seller. It describes a day in July when Emma and Dexter meet for the first time on the night of their graduation. Tomorrow they must go their separate ways. The book follows them on this one day next year. And the year after that. And every year that follows. The Times describe it as a ‘cancel all calls’, ‘leave me alone’ book. We just hope that you can tear yourselves away to take part in the online discussion! Reserve your copy today.
So as not give away any of the plot and to give you time to read the book, the chat will take place the last week of February…
Forthcoming titles for Book of the Month:
March: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie | Half a yellow sun
April: Gonzo A | Gonzo: The Life of Hunter S. Thompson an Oral Biography
May: Stephen King | The Gunslinger
June: Dave Boling | Guernica
July: Orange Prize winning Author Tea Obreht | The Tiger’s Wife
August: Danny Wallace | Friends like these
September: Banned Books promotion tbc
In Reading Groups on December 14, 2010 at 12:59 pm
For the book groups around the borough…
From the 14th of April, Kensal Rise Library will be reading ‘White Tiger‘, by Aravind Adiga
Kilburn Library will be reading ‘The Help‘, by Kathryn Stockett. The next meeting will take place on the 21st of April.
A few other sites you may want to know about: