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What Happens In Book Club…

…ends up on the internet.

Last October (2016), we started a book club, affectionately nicknamed ‘Smut Club Book Club’ – not, you understand, because of our reading choices, but because it started off the back of our ‘Smut Party’ writing challenge. (You can read all about that in this post here if you like.)

There are 8 members of Smut Club and we all have carefully chosen Code Names that we use when talking Book Club online (we use our actual names in real life, our nicknames are set in a Facebook chat thing and are actually REALLY CONFUSING when trying to work out who you are talking to!) – those of us from the original Smut Party have names taken from our works of genius and everyone else has had them allocated since – decided on something book related based on their personality.

So the roll-call for Smut Club goes: Jolly Roger, Supernova, Esca-Bee, Crocodile, Winston, Belinda, Harry Potter and Britannica. (The first 5 are the Smut Party original names… I’m just going to let you use your imaginations as to how we earned those!)

So, here we are, seven months in, and still going strong. We don’t all make it to every meeting – Crocodile is still at Uni so can only attend when she’s home and life gets in the way sometimes for all of us, families, work etc – but we are still all more than happy to turn up, read the books and discuss them afterwards. And eat food. There’s always food and it’s always good.

We take it in turns to choose the book, meaning that we end up reading a variety of styles – often books we wouldn’t ordinarily have picked up in a million years and definitely wouldn’t have finished if we had happened to open them! This is one of my favourite things about it – it has broadened my reading horizons and I have discovered books I have loved but would never have known anything about if someone else hadn’t chosen them.

I have also discovered books I hated, but you can’t win ’em all.

Of course, we go off topic sometimes but that’s just fine – sometimes our book discussion leads to us talking about films or TV programmes that are similar and we’ve enjoyed and sometimes we just go off on an entirely random tangent for half an hour until someone realises. It’s all good because it gets us all together for a couple of hours every month and we can chat, catch up, relax, talk books and eat food – things we all enjoy.

I always look forward to Smut Club but writing this has made me realise that I haven’t even started the May book yet (George Orwell’s 1984), so I really should dig out my Kindle and get started on it.

Smut Club Book Club Reads so far:

October 2016: The Book Thief by Markus Zuzak

November 2016: God Don’t Like Ugly by Mary Munroe

December 2016: The Good Man Jesus and The Scoundrel Christ by Philip Pullman

January 2017: English Passengers by Matthew Kneale

February 2017: The Grimm Legacy by Polly Schulman

March & April 2017: Storm Front by Jim Butcher, Tell No One by Harlan Coben, The Spirit Thief by Rachel Aaron

May 2017: 1984 by George Orwell

June 2017: Mama’s Boy and Other Dark Tales by Fran Friel

July 2017: The Little Shop Of Happy Ever After by Jenny Colgan

August/September 2017: The House Of Doctor Dee by Peter Ackroyd

October/November 2017: Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks

December 2017: Free book choice! I read Turtles All The Way Down by John Green

January 2018: In Cold Blood by Truman Capote


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