Wild by Cheryl Streyed Book Cover

This month our Book Club review

Wild by Cheryl Streyed
The Wessex Tales by Thomas Hardy

Wild and The Wessex Tales Reviewed

Wild by Cheryl Streyed

There was a lot of love for this book, not due to it being amazing literature, but due to the fact that it was a true story and a heroic journey of discovery and redemption.

Fiona loved it, describing it as a story of self-redemption and forgiveness with stunning imagery and grit. 8/10

Phil wouldn’t usually read a diary style book, however, he couldn’t put this one down. He loved the camaraderie and repeated stories of the natural kindness of mankind that filled the book. 8/10

Susan said this was the most enjoyable book she had read in a long time and it gave her chronic wanderlust. It reminded her of A Walk in the Woods. Susan loved how nothing put the main character off, whether it was more naivety than carefreeness, she accomplished a mammoth challenge physically and mentally without being prepared on both levels. 8.5/10

Heather enjoyed reading about the many, many trials the character experienced, some funny and some harrowing. Although she hasn’t read it all (the title disappeared from her ebook) she has borrowed it from one of the group members to finish. 7/10

Generally, this book was well received by the group; the story of how someone can overcome problems and resolve life issues was both uplifting and inspiring.

CUBE Book Club Average Rating: 8/10

The Wessex Tales by Thomas Hardy

This novel didn’t get such glowing reviews, quite the opposite.

Stephen raved about the quality of writing and descriptive skill of the author after reading the first short story, but felt completely depressed when he read further. He described it as a darkness that weighed on him. He said he would hesitate before going back to a Hardy novel. 8/10, for the exquisite writing and poetic style.

Sue described Hardy as generally full of wit but said this novel wasn’t the Hardy she recognises. She appreciated however how well Hardy refers to classical topics and events of the time, giving the reader a real insight into the era 7/10

Matt, who had read Hardy before, didn’t read this as he was moving house (lucky escape I think)

Jane needed a nap in the middle of struggling with the language of Hardy. Usually a fast reader, Jane found Hardy took extreme concentration to read. She commented the descriptiveness of his writing was incredible but she didn’t enjoy the plots of the story or the overall reading experience 4/10

Karen said the historical facts were very interesting and enjoyed those element of the novels, but like everyone found it deeply depressing 5/10

CUBE Book Club Average Rating: 6/10

This month we also discussed the books we want to read in the coming months. In the mix was Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood; I Married You for Happiness by Lily Tuck; Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice; Someone Else’s Wedding by Tamar Cohen; Cider with Rosie by Laurie Lee. In addition, it was suggested that I let you know that anything anyone has enjoyed reading during the month is up for discussion, in addition to our chosen Book Club titles.

Here are our upcoming Book Club dates and the main titles to be discussed:

Thursday 31st August  

(Meeting at the Bless next door as the CUBE will be closed)

Fall of Man in Wilmslow by David Lagercrantz

The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman


Thursday 28th September

Sarum by Edward Rutherfurd

Look Who’s Back by Timur Vermes


Thursday 26th October

Spymaster: The Life of Britain's Most Decorated
Cold War Spy and Head of MI6
by Martin Pearce

The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
(something spooky for Halloween)


See you then!


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