I attended my first ever book club meeting yesterday which needless to say was novel and as you would imagine, I didn’t know what to expect, save for the laborious sojourn from my residence in essentially the furthermost western part of London to the furthermost eastern part and beyond, namely Essex.
Not that this is significant in the least but I loved the fact that we gathered in a book shop to discuss our views on This Is Going To Hurt by Adam Kay. I love the idea of gathering for these sorts of things in libraries or bookshops or rooms with antiquated furniture like phonographs or those phones you need two hands to hold. Any place with the rustic near burnt smell of new books and antiquity.
I felt quite out of place at first, quite like an anomaly in an otherwise homogeneous demographic but I was very much welcomed and resolved to listen to the conversation as it flowed only interjecting on rare occasions to see how my contributions would be received. There were received well on that note and the responses were kind and reassuring when I chimed in; “It just seems so much can go wrong. I’m almost afraid to give birth.” One participant shared with the rest of the group that she’d been informed by her doctor that her baby had died inside of her and so she as heartbreaking as it sounds was expecting to go into hospital when the time came to give birth to a stillborn baby. Thankfully, it was a horrible mistake and she had a healthy baby girl.
The general consensus regarding the book we discussed was that it was hilarious yet solemn and one which we would all easily recommend. To read my review of this book please click here and to learn more about upcoming reviews visit the Books page.