June book club | Mad Girl by Bryony Gordon

St Albans book club… The book we’ll discuss at our June book club is Mad Girl by Bryony Gordon. (The book is currently on offer with Amazon as part of their 3 paperbacks for £10 deal.) “Bryony Gordon has OCD. It’s the snake in her brain that has told her ever since she was a teenager that her world is about to [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]

May book club | I’m travelling alone

St Albans book club… The book we’ll discuss at our May book club is I’m travelling alone by Samuel Bjork. (The book is currently on offer with Amazon as part of their 3 paperbacks for £10 deal.) “When the body of a young girl is found hanging from a tree, the only clue the police have is an airline tag around [read more]

Welcome to our first Word of Mouth Wednesday!

Word of Mouth Wednesday is our new blog feature. It’s going to be our regular list of things we like. We’ll share recommendations and spread the word. Any product, person or place that we discover, we’ll give it a mention. So if you’ve got somewhere / something / someone you think deserves a shout out, please email [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]

What to read next? Here’s our book club shortlist…

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]

April book club | The Muse by Jessie Burton

St Albans book club… The book we’ll discuss at our April book club is The Muse by Jessie Burton, the million-copy bestselling author of The Miniaturist. (The Muse is currently on offer on Amazon as part of their 3 paperbacks for £10 deal.) “On a hot July day in 1967, Odelle Bastien climbs the stone steps of the Skelton [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]

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]

October book club

WOMEN ALOUD BOOK CLUB… The book we’ll discuss at October’s book club is ‘I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai’. “When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley, one girl fought for her right to an education. On Tuesday, 9 October 2012, [read more]

November 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]