“For most people, what is so painful about reading is that you read something and you don't have anybody to share it with. In part, what the book club opens up is that people can read a book and then have someone else to talk about it with. Then they see that a book can lead to the pleasure of conversation, that the solitary act of reading can actually be a part of the path to communion and community.” - Bell Hooks
This quote by Bell Hooks aptly describes the true essence of the IWA Book Club. It’s a place for all reading enthusiasts to come together every 2nd Wednesday of the month and debate on different aspects of a book with great passion and conviction.
The Book Club has conducted 11 book discussions in the year 2020 of which 10 were held virtually due to pandemic restrictions. We managed to read a wide variety of genres, ranging from classics like The Picture of Dorian Gray and The Lord of the Flies to Escape Routes which is a collection of short stories from a new author based in Singapore. We read Letters from an Astrophysicist which is in the non-fiction genre. The other books read this year include Inside the O’Briens (based on a true story), Free Food for Millionaires, Forty Rules of Love, A Little Life etc.
The Book Club is looking forward to another year of enjoyable reading.
In the year 2019, we have enjoyed reading and discussing books, fiction and non-fiction in various genres:
Three Sisters, Three Queens by Phillipa Gregory
The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng
Becoming by Michelle Obama
Educated by Tara Westover
Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaiswal
Come, Before Evening Falls by Manjul Bajaj
Coromandel: A Personal History of South India by Charles Allen
Between You and Me by Lisa Hall
The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson
Our individual book ratings (out of 5*) have ranged from a low 1* to a high of 4.5* leading to very intense and at times, vociferous discussions.
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