Urban Coffee Company’s monthly book club is growing month on month. It started off with two, got to four, jumped to ten and this month there were fifteen of us.
April’s book was One Day by David Nicholls – a book about two friends, Dexter and Emma, following their relationship from the last day of university, every year on that day for twenty years. The story showed the idealism of wanting to change the world upon finishing university and the reality of finding a job and growing up, together and apart.
The book split the group somewhat. Two readers disliked it, with one admitting he had problems with the male character from the first twenty pages and subsequently only read every five years/chapters or so. The other found the female character too similar to her own experiences and found the reading uncomfortable. Apart from that, everyone else seemed to enjoy the very human aspect of the writing and will-they-won’t-they element of the characters relationship. There were some concerns that parts were clichéd, but several of the group admitted to seeing these clichés in their own lives. Observations about the role of alcohol and the subtle socio-political elements of the book made for a thoroughly interesting discussion.
Next months book is by local author, Christine Coleman and is her second novel, Paper Lanterns. It can be purchased direct from her website, on Amazon or in select meetings around Birmingham, but best to try and stick to getting it online! The group meets in Urban Coffee Company, Church St, Birmingham, at 6pm on the last Thursday of the month. Meetings are entirely free and suggestions for the next months read are encouraged!
*This was originally posted on my old blog BeanHeartBatman*