Audiobooks The Reading Group – Albawater.co

The Reading Group follows the trials and tribulations of a group of women who meet regularly to read and discuss books Over the course of a year, each of these women s lives becomes intertwined, both through the books they read and the real life stories they tellInspired by a shared desire for conversation, a good book and a glass of wine, Clare, Harriet, Nicole, Polly and Susan undergo startling revelations and transformations despite their difference in background, age and respective dilemmasIn The Reading Group, Noble reveals the many complicated paths in life we all face as well as the power and importance of friendship Read this one for, of all things, a book club It s about several women who form a book club and follows each of their lives through a year of book clubs meetings and much personal drama.I had a hard time reading and finishing it because it s just no mytype of book It s British Chick Lit, and well, now that I m married and a mom I just have a hard time relating Then again, most of the characters were married moms so you d think I could relate to at least one The problem was I couldn t relate Read this one for, of all things, a book club It s about several women who form a book club and follows each of their lives through a year of book clubs meetings and much personal drama.I had a hard time reading and finishing it because it s just no mytype of book It s British Chick Lit, and well, now that I m married and a mom I just have a hard time relating Then again, most of the characters were married moms so you d think I could relate to at least one The problem was I couldn t relate to anyone in the book I didn t like anyone in the book And I got tired of everyone and everything being predictable in the book Also, the writing was pretty lousy for a book that was sweeping a nation as it says on the back cover.It wasn t just me, the book club on the whole tore it into tiny little wine soaked pieces We all agreed it had unlikable characters, unfinished story lines, and half baked ideas It was even offered up that perhaps the author was drinking while writing and forgot where a storyline or character began and ended I really need something light and fluffy now, but this book is giving me ADD I just hope it turns out to be better than Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons Update OK now I must rant Complaint 1 I have nothing against middle aged or any other kind of chick lit However, I feel that chick lit by definition should be both light and short This book was neither I found the process of reading it slow, and the book was way longer than it needed to be Complaint 2 This author tried to take I really need something light and fluffy now, but this book is giving me ADD I just hope it turns out to be better than Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons Update OK now I must rant Complaint 1 I have nothing against middle aged or any other kind of chick lit However, I feel that chick lit by definition should be both light and short This book was neither I found the process of reading it slow, and the book was way longer than it needed to be Complaint 2 This author tried to take on topics that were too big for her, and then dealt with them in a superficial way I felt that even her choice of complex scenarios was clicheed sandwich generation, midlife crisis, finding the courage to finally leave an unfaithful husband, teen pregnancy, etc All of these topics have been done to death in literature, and she did not bring any original twists to them If you re going to write about hackneyed situations, at least make them a little unique by varying the circumstances and or the characters But not only were these situations and everything about them clicheed, they were dealt with very superficially Complaint 2a I think that some of the problem was that there were too many characters and situations for Noble to delve deeply into any one of them Basically, I feel she bit offthan she could chew both in terms of the situations themselves, and in trying to write about all of them in one book especially since this was really meant to be chick lit I do think that chick lit can have deeper themes e.g., I Don t Know How She Does It managed to pull off a light, breezy, and often funny tone while simultaneously offering a very real and complex exploration of the conflicts of a working mother However, the genre is limited in its ability to remain light while exploring these themes and chick lit authors need to be realistic about maintaining that balance Basically, this book was trying to be both a light, breezy chick lit book and a deep, complex exploration of psychologically significant situations It ended up being neither of those things Complaint 3 Although this book was ostensibly about the book group and how their relationships interactions gel, there was actually very little focus on the group qua group It wasabout the individual women and their particular situations, occasionally including interactions between women who were friends before they joined the book group I didn t get any sense of women who ordinarily wouldn t have met being thrown together and interacting in this setting, and how their relationships developed.Complaint 4 Dialogue needs to include occasional indications of who s saying what, not to mention visual details, especially if the dialogue is taking place among four or five people During the actual book club meeting interludes, brief and sporadic though they were, you could never tell who was saying what about the book In this way, the author missed a great opportunity for characterization and for executing the ostensible theme of the book i.e., the connection between the literature and the characters personal issues.Anyway, I just had to get that off my chest, and if you re still reading, I thank you for your patience Perhaps I should have read The Reading Group by Elizabeth Noble a few years back when I was a dedicated chick lit reader At that time I couldn t get enough of Elizabeth Nobles writing and I remember being spellbound by each of her books Having since joined reading groups of my own both here on Goodreads and irl my reading horizons have broadened and consequently my enjoyment of this one was possibly less than it otherwise would have been I still have a fondness for this genre and I was ha Perhaps I should have read The Reading Group by Elizabeth Noble a few years back when I was a dedicated chick lit reader At that time I couldn t get enough of Elizabeth Nobles writing and I remember being spellbound by each of her books Having since joined reading groups of my own both here on Goodreads and irl my reading horizons have broadened and consequently my enjoyment of this one was possibly less than it otherwise would have been I still have a fondness for this genre and I was happy to spend time immersed in this story of several women whose friendship was cemented through their bookish chats.Centred around the five core members of the reading group with hordes of secondary characters in the shape of children, parents, siblings, husbands, partners, lovers it sometimes became tricky to keep track of them all However, it wasn t offputting and as their stories unfolded this became easier The Reading Group shone a spotlight on these womens lives and relationships It covered universal subjects motherhood in all shapes and sizes Women desperate to become pregnant, others stressing over unplanned pregnancies, even those grappling with their decision to terminate It was about mothers of children both young and old and the lengths they would go to for their offspring It also touched upon the difficulties of aging parents, of losing family members It was about the men in their lives devoted husbands, cheating husbands, lovers, fiancee s, the works.I thoroughly enjoyed the bookish chats as we were privy to the twelve books they read throughout the course of the year It included bookclub style analysis of some I d read, others I own, many already on my TBR and a couple of new ones to be added As I said at the outset, if I d discovered this before I found Goodreads I would have probably have loved it evenas almost every one of the twelve would have been new to me Although reading it when I did meant I had a better appreciation of the joys of sharing friendships, our own stories and the value of quality books through my own Reading Group s I finally finished this book It was not because I did not enjoy it but that I ve been traveling that I have not had enough time to read, so it took me a while But the book was very good IMO In the beginning I was not sure I would like it but I got into the characters and I wanted to knowabout them This story is written in 12 chapters Each chapter is a month and each month there is the book the book club is reading AT the beginning of the chapter, there is story about book club meetin I finally finished this book It was not because I did not enjoy it but that I ve been traveling that I have not had enough time to read, so it took me a while But the book was very good IMO In the beginning I was not sure I would like it but I got into the characters and I wanted to knowabout them This story is written in 12 chapters Each chapter is a month and each month there is the book the book club is reading AT the beginning of the chapter, there is story about book club meeting, discussion they had and food they ate, then the chapter went on to tell you what was going on in each person s life I tried in my mind to connect what was going on with the book they were reading but I was never able to do this But I still really loved the characters and the stories of their life Escellent read