December 2018

Our Annual Christmas Dinner

This month we got together to discuss our reading habits and how they’ve changed with time, if at all. Most of us are undergoing some sort of reading crisis and it was great to be able to share our thoughts on this.

We have all been longtime readers and have experienced a decrease in the number of books we read and the frequency of it as we age.

We also have trouble finding books that satisfy us. We found out that the reason for this decrease is not ageing, although after a lifetime of reading we are more demanding about the quality of the books we chose, we’ve read it all before.

There are a number of other reasons as well, and yes, they involve the total revolution that the internet and in particular social media has brought to our lives distracting us and making our attention span shorter. There is also the proliferation of literary blogs, journals and magazines and the fantastic long reads that we see around. In fact we feel we read as much, but not complete books.

We all share a deep desire to go back to long hours of reading books or ebooks, and this is associated with the memories of the immense pleasure brought by it. There is a recent article by Jill Stark that greatly summarizes the problem with reading more books.
Via The Age.

We had a good year of reading Australian novels to coincide with the Commonwealth Games happening at the Gold Coast, Australia. We loved most of the books in our 2018 book list and now, a new year and reading list awaits us and this time we chose freely, not following a theme.

Next month we will meet on the 14/01/19 at 6:30PM at Preece House, 50 Nerang St Bischof Pioneer Park, Nerang (next to 54 Nerang St. shops) to discuss An Angel at My Table by Janet Frame.
Hope to see you all there and happy reading!

About Us

We are a group that gets together once a month to discuss good books. Each of us gets to choose a book on a rotational basis, preferably one outside our personal comfort zone – we try to keep the trash to ourselves. After the discussion, we comment on other books we read that month. Most of the time we remain friends after the meeting.

Preece HouseWe meet at the 1948 heritage Preece House, 50 Nerang St Bischof Pioneer Park, Nerang (next to 54 Nerang St. shops) on the second Monday of every month from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. excluding Public Holidays. A small contribution is required towards the rent of the room, but not if you are a first timer. The amount depends on the number of people attending.
One book title is chosen each month and we all read that book. There is a ‘host’ who introduces and co-ordinates the discussion. The role of host is rotated around the group so that each member has the opportunity to nominate their book (it could also be an author, theme or genre). The host also acts as chairperson for that meeting.
Although we are not a social club (we are readers), we occasionally attend literary events, relevant movies or plays here at the Gold Coast, Brisbane or Byron Bay. We conform to basic meeting practices and everyone has an equal opportunity to express their opinion. Everyone’s interpretation is valid, as long as it’s expressed respectfully.
We welcome any new members who share our aims and are happy to contribute to our group. Newcomers are not required to have read the book to attend the first meeting and no contribution is required from them.
Feel free to have a look at our Booklist for 2018 and Newsletters in the sidebar. If you are reading this blog in a mobile device, switch to desktop view.

CONTACT DETAILS

We meet from 6:30 to 8:30 PM on the 2nd Monday of every month at the heritage listed Preece House located at Bischof Park, Nerang Street (next corner White St), Nerang next door to shops at 54 Nerang Street. Please contact us for info on meetings that fall on Public Holidays.
For more information use the contact form.

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