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Book Club Les copines d’abord

August 3, 2011 16 comments

In France, book clubs and reading groups are mostly for retirees and actually, that’s what they want as members since they usually meet during working hours, preventing any younger participant to join them. Book blogging taught me that reading was not necessarily a solitary activity and I really enjoy sharing thoughts about a book I’ve just read.

In my flesh-and-blood life, I have two girl-friends who enjoy reading as much as I do. We’ve decided to be our own reading group. We have chosen 11 books, one per month from September 2011 to July 2012. We’ll meet to discuss the book of the month and I’ll post about it. We don’t know yet if our schedules will allow us to keep up with our program but we’re willing to try.

 

 

Here are the books we have chosen month by month.

Month

Writer

French Title

English Title

September F-S Fitzgerald L’étrange histoire de Benjamin Button The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
October Paola Calvetti L’amour commence à la lettre A P.O. Box Love. A Novel Of Letters. (To be published in January 2012)
November Romain Gary Gros Câlin Not translated into English, I think.
December Muriel Spark Les belles années de Mlle Brodie The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
January Siri Hustvedt L’envoutement de Lily Dahl The Enchantment of Lily Dahl : A Novel
February Colette Le blé en herbe Not translated into English, I think
March Emile Zola La Curée The Kill
April Tracy Chevalier Prodigieuses créatures Remarkable Creatures
May Anne Cherian Une bonne épouse indienne A Good Indian Wife: a Novel
June Haruki Murakami La ballade de l’impossible Norwegian Wood
July Philip Roth Exit le fantôme Exit Ghost

 If you want to read (or re-read) some of the books along with us, it’ll be lovely. We’ll be happy to hear your thoughts.  The list will always be available in the widget BookClub and I’ll update a widget Les Copines d’abord Readalong with the current book and the post deadline. I’ll review The Curious Case of Benjamin Button on September 1st

PS: About the name “Les Copines d’abord”. French readers will recognise the feminine form of the famous song “Les copains d’abord” by Georges Brassens. For non-French readers, it’s a beautiful song about friendship, something important to me.

PPS : Despite the group’s name, it is not a female reading group and male readers are equally welcome.

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