This month we read and reviewed All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr and A Mindfulness Guide for The Frazzled by Ruby Wax:
"Wow good choices this month!
The discussion about both novels was captivating, let me tell you firstly what the groups thoughts were about The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.
This book was LOVED (well by 99%) by the group
Rachel described it as Amazing! She was totally gripped and couldn’t put it down. “It’s the best book I have read in ages, the short chapters kept me going it was like a drug” 9/10
Phil liked that it was a story told from the German perspective. 9/10
There was a lot of discussion around individual’s family member’s experience of the war. Phil appreciated a perspective he hadn’t considered before and commented that the title of the book may bare some relevance to the context of the story; the unseen and untold stories of the war and the underground aspect of the book. “The best book I have read since Shadow of the wind”
Stephen was pleased he read it but couldn’t understand people’s fascination with war. He said the further he read the more oppressive his mood became. The content was unnerving and played terribly on his mind. Stephen said “It is a beautifully written book, he can really write” 8/10
Clare, who recommended the book spoke about the layout of the book, the two stories that ran in conjunction with each other and how they came together. 9/10
I think this is the highest scoring book to date.
A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled by Ruby Wax
Some great feedback about this book as well. Quite a few of those who read this novel started to practice the mind exercise that feature in the book.
Fiona thought it was a very acceptable book. She enjoyed the stories married with science layout. Fiona read chapters she felt were relevant to herself rather than reading it front to back but after listing to what others said about sections she skipped decided she would back track.8/10
Susan was expecting it to be a lot of Hog wash but actually liked the easy writing style and enjoyed the phycology and science that backed up her novel. 5/10
Sue was somewhat frustrated by the jumping around and felt a lot was repeated describing her as a flitter who was cashing in on her celebrity status.
Phil disagreed that she was cashing in due to her suffering with mental health problems and actually went and studied to master’s degree level so that she might understand what was going on in her head and what could be done to help her condition. He agreed she was a bit of flitter and that it isn’t a book for him but for some people it is an important book that will truly help people. 5/10
Rachel also read this book and felt it wasn’t a well organised book but that did reflect Ruby Waxes mind. She enjoyed the stories and how she described looking outside yourself as a technique to re-focus. 7/10
Claire liked the exercise to ground yourself and described how to that. 8/10
Heather was the only one that said it was a funny novel though the others agreed. 8/10
We also spoke about the next few month’s book choices and came up with some cracking choices:
Thursday 23rd February:
According to Yes by Dawn French or
The Haunted Library, Classic Ghost Stories, British Library by Tanya Kirk
Thursday 30 March:
The House by the Lake by Thomas Harding or
This is Where I Leave you by Jonathan Tropper
Thursday 27 April:
The Bigamist by Mary Turner Thomson or
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
See you all soon!
For more information on our bookclub take a look at our CUBE Book Club Page or drop us an email. Our bookclub is an informal, friendly group - we love meeting new faces and there is always a delicious range of food and drink on our menu throughout the evening.