The only word I can use to describe last night’s meeting is ‘Fun!’

We met to discuss Stephen King’s ‘Joyland’, which was a challenge I set for the group. When I first said Mr. King’s name, the reaction from the group wasn’t fantastic. Most have visited a King novel at some point in their lives, and it wasn’t their cup of tea. But they are such troopers, and they decided to give it a try anyway.

Imagine my surprise when they came back with glowing reviews! ‘Joyland’ is the coming of age story of Devin Jones, who spends a Summer working at a carnival. There he meets his lifelong friends Erin and Tom, a very special little boy named Mike, and an unsolved murder.

I admit – this isn’t your typical Stephen King. There is certainly a supernatural element, but it is a very different novel to some of his more well known, such as The Shining or It. The book club felt it was beautifully written, and most of us could not put it down. We loved the descriptions of the fair at the peak of Summer in the 1970s. Devin was a very relatable young man, and all of the characters were well developed. Only one of us managed to solve the murder mystery – so why not pick up a copy of this book and see if you can too?

 

On May 27 we will be meeting to discuss ‘The One Plus One’ by Jojo Moyes. We previously read ‘Me Before You’ by the same author, and fell madly in love with her, so let’s see if her newest novel lives up to our expectations!

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One single mom. One chaotic family. One quirky stranger. One irresistible love story from the New York Times bestselling author of Me Before You

Suppose your life sucks. A lot. Your husband has done a vanishing act, your teenage stepson is being bullied and your math whiz daughter has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that you can’t afford to pay for. That’s Jess’s life in a nutshell—until an unexpected knight-in-shining-armor offers to rescue them. Only Jess’s knight turns out to be Geeky Ed, the obnoxious tech millionaire whose vacation home she happens to clean. But Ed has big problems of his own, and driving the dysfunctional family to the Math Olympiad feels like his first unselfish act in ages . . . maybe ever.

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