November book club – The Girl Before

St Albans book club… The book we’ll discuss at our November book club is The Girl Before by JP Delaney. “Jane stumbles on the rental opportunity of a lifetime: the chance to live in a beautiful ultra-minimalist house designed by an enigmatic architect, on condition she abides by a long list of exacting rules. After moving in, [read more]

Books, podcasts, TV…

Relax; make yourself comfortable; take some time out from the rush of life. Whether you prefer to read, listen or watch; I hope this blog post gives you some inspiration. All the books, podcasts and television programmes listed below have been recommended by our Women Aloud members. Enjoy. BOOKS Himself by Jess Kidd – 1950: A teenage girl is brutally murdered in [read more]

What to read next? Here’s our latest book club shortlist [Part 2]

A couple of times a year we put together a shortlist of books and our (Women Aloud St Albans) members vote on the ones they’d like to read for our monthly book club. The list includes books suggested by our members and those that have been bestsellers, up for literary awards, recommended by other book clubs or popular picks on sites like goodreads. Members of our Women [read more]

Hobby inspiration | Classes and activities around St Albans

It’s with embarrassment that I must admit my lack of hobbies. Aside from reading, writing and wellbeing; my interests largely revolve around food, drink and socialising! I just don’t seem to have found my ‘thing’. My creative talents are non-existent although I do enjoy lobbing paint on an empty egg box with the toddler and I [read more]

Book review | Try Not to Breathe by Holly Seddon

For our February book club, we met at The Hare & Hounds pub and the book we discussed was Try Not to Breathe by Holly Seddon. The book is a bestselling psychological thriller that tells the story of two women whose lives unexpectedly become intertwined around an unsolved crime… “Alex is sinking. Slowly but surely, [read more]

We don’t just talk about books

If you’ve been to one of our book clubs before, you know that we don’t just talk about the book. If you haven’t joined us then it’s only fair to confess that occasionally our conversations veer off on tangents. We do come back to the book but along the way we make a few pit-stops. [read more]

No card. Again. It’s time for a card subscription.

I’m completely disorganised. I try not to be but I’m a work in progress. I remember a few weeks in advance that it’s someone’s birthday. This time I tell myself I WILL get that card sent on time, no, make that early. I’ll get that card bought, written and in the post way before it [read more]

What to read next? Here’s our book club shortlist [Part 1]

A couple of times a year we put together a shortlist of books and our (Women Aloud St Albans) members vote on the ones they’d like to read for our monthly book club. The list includes books suggested by our members and those that have been bestsellers, up for literary awards, recommended by other book clubs or popular picks on sites like goodreads. Members of our Women [read more]

Book review | The Darkest Secret by Alex Marwood

The novel we discussed at September’s book club was ‘The Darkest Secret’ – written by Alex Marwood; the author of bestseller ‘The Wicked Girls’ and ‘The Killer Next Door’ (which is being adapted for film.) On a quick digression, Alex Marwood is actually not a real person. The author’s real name is Serena Mackesy and she first became [read more]

Feel good songs | What’s on your playlist?

Monday mornings; humdrum housework; dull drizzly days – they are all made infinitely better by music – well I think so.  I’m in a much happier mood after listening to some of my favourite feel good songs. My grumpiness lifts, things don’t seem so bad, I get an energy burst and feel more upbeat. So every [read more]

December social

It’s our last event of 2016 so it would be great to see you at our December social on Thursday 1st December. After a few heavy reads this year, we’ve decided we won’t do any formal book club discussion. But if you do want to read something and share your thoughts over a drink then some of [read more]

November 2016 book club

The book we’ll discuss at our November book club is Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng. Not just another ‘disappearance thriller’ – this book gives us racial tensions, family secrets, marriage troubles… “Lydia is the favourite child of Marilyn and James. Her parents are determined that Lydia will fulfil the dreams they were unable to pursue [read more]