Anne Marie and I decided to launch the Beggarwood Bookworms in October from our love of a good book and a natter. We are both trustees of the Hatch Warren and Beggarwood community association and are passionate about the new centre that has opened in Beggarwood.
We knew there were enough groups for young families and children, but we were keen to have some low cost and commitment adult groups and thought that a book group fitted that bill. The centre in Beggarwood is the perfect space, and we can have a glass of prosecco or a lovely coffee whilst we meet and chat about the book.
Our first meeting was a huge success and we have had so many bookworms join us. We had a glass of celebratory fizz and created our book leaderboard à la strictly come dancing complete with a lot of glitter!
The bookworms are very informal and it doesn’t matter if you haven’t read the book or can’t finish it. We have a Facebook group where bookworms can suggest new books and swap the ones from the reading list. We have joined on the libraries group lending scheme and have been fortunate enough to have some publishers send us some proof copies straight from the authors.
Our first book was ‘Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine’ which is a novel about loneliness and one young woman’s struggle. It’s a book which we all enjoyed and promoted a great discussion amongst the group.
Our second book was more of a challenge and not one which many would have chosen to read. ‘A Gentleman in Moscow’ tells the story of a count in Russia who is put under house arrest in the Hotel Metropole in Moscow. This is what the bookworms is all about, trying a different book.
Our book for February is the ‘Tattooist of Auschwitz’ so you have time to get reading and enjoy a book that you may not have considered reading.
We tend to meet on the last Wednesday of every month at 7.30pm and would love some new bookworms to come and join us!