This was another slightly unofficial book club, as we went out to a cocktail bar as a Christmas treat and a catch up. However we had all decided to read 'A Christmas Carol' by Charles Dickens.
I don't think that any of us had read the book before, even though we all knew the story back to front. As I was reading all I could see were images from 'Scrooged' in front of me. And now I really want to see the film again, I love the Spirit of Christmas present!
We all enjoyed the book, it's more of a novella so it is a quick read and guaranteed to make you feel the Christmas spirit. We also felt that Dickens is an amazing writer and was ahead of his time in showing how upbringing can lead to character traits later in life. I must also admit to shedding a tear at the end, (and to constantly singing 'Put A Little Love In Your Heart' from Scrooged'.)
We marked it 81/2 and then moved on to cocktails and a cheese board.
(The Spirit of Christmas Present)
I decided to make little Christmas treats for all the book group members. So I made them gingerbread cookie baubles and illustrated some of the books we had read this year. I then made them guess which ones they were, fortunately they all got them or I would have been worried about my illustration skills.
I have labelled them underneath for you.
1.Cry The Beloved Country 2.A Christmas Carol 3.The Observations 4.Money 5.The House of Mirth 6.The Silent Land 7.The Hundred year Old Man
Every month we meet we try to remember past marks, and never can, so as a book club service I thought I would recap.
January - The Silent Land by Graham Joyce 5 1/2
February - The Observations by Jane Harris 8 - 8 1/2
April - War of the Worlds by H G Wells 8
May - Cry The Beloved Country by Alan Paton 7 5/8
July - The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey 8 1/2
August - Fifty Shades of Grey by E L James 6 1/2
September - Money by Martin Amis 5 1/2
October - The Hundred Year Old Man by Jonas Jonnason 6 1/2
November - The House of Mirth by Edith Warton 8
December - A Christmas Carol by Carles Dickens 8 1/2
I really enjoy meeting every month with these fabulous ladies and giving myself the challenge of making new cakes for the books.
Here's to a very literary New Year.