Hello and welcome to the February edition of Hear…Read This! Once again it features four hosts and two books, making one book club every month.
This month the books we are discussing are The Complete Short Stories by Oscar Wilde and The Days of the Deer by Liliana Bodoc. Take a listen and you’ll hear Simon and Gav of The Readers, a Book Based Banter podcast, and Kate and Rob of Adventures With Words, exploring storytelling in all its forms sharing their thoughts. Beware, as there are mild spoilers for both books!
Section 1: The Complete Short Stories by Oscar Wilde
This was Kate’s selection and our first short story collection in the book group. Can Oscar Wilde live up to all our expectations? Each of us discusses which of the stories were our favourites from the collection, including The Canterville Ghost, Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime, The Happy Prince and The Nightingale and the Rose. There are a variety of genres within so there really is something for everyone here.
Section 2: What Else We’ve Been Reading
Before we move on to the second book for debate, the hosts discuss some of the other books they have been reading this month. Gavin has been reading The Gospel of Loki by Joanne M Harris, Rob has been reading Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, Kate has been reading Insignia by SJ Kincaid and Simon hasn’t particularly been enjoying reading Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder…
Section 3: The Days of the Deer by Liliana Bodoc.
In our second title for discussion, Gav brings us a book from an author who has been described as ‘the Tolkien of the Americas’. Can it live up to that high accolade? Simon was on record as saying that he wasn’t looking forward to reading this one but are we in for a surprise?
We reveal our choices for next month. Simon has chosen the our older title and gone for The Witches of Eastwick by John Updike, while Rob is choosing our new release and settled for some crime in the form of Resurrection by Wolf Haas.
We’d love you to read them and join us next time on Monday 17th March!