The stars finally aligned - I checked Gumtree and there was a (convenient!) book club looking for people.
Since there is the potential for needing to buy a lot of new books as part of this hobby I am determined to do everything that I can to re-use, borrow and salvage books each month. I have built confidence by finding secondhand copies of the first two books that we are reading fairly easily.
|The first two book club books successfully found secondhand|
When searching for a copy of Shining Girls I checked my local libraries online catalogue to see if they had it. It was on loan (possibly to other members of the group!). I decided to get creative and check the library catalogues of two neighbouring Councils. Both had it. I was extremely pleased with myself. I had a dentist appointment near one of the neighbouring Council's libraries and collected it at the same time. Success!
The second book is my selection. Eeek! I had arranged with a friend to pop around and raid her book collection to choose something. For some reason it was feeling a little too difficult and the book needs to be selected soon to give members enough lead time to find and read it before the end of March. I have been keeping an eye out for ideas and had noted down a couple of potential books that I wanted to research further to see if I liked the look of them, and check their secondhand availability, before I decided.
Then I had the greatest idea. I read A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Housseini last year. It was brilliant. I thought this would be a great excuse to reread it. I decided to see if my local Book Exchange, where I recently dropped off used books and received a credit, had it. I'm pleased to say that the Book Exchange did have it and so I grabbed the copy (since I had given the copy I read last year to my mum). As such, that is the book I have chosen for the group to read. I hope they all like it as much as I did. It's great if you can impress as the new kid on the block.