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26349 Pan_Shanataram_cov.inddIn London I was part of a bookclub. Well, in all honesty, we were more like a wine club that swapped books at the end of the evening. We had decided up front that we weren’t “that kind of bookclub”. None of us wanted to have formal discussions about the books we’d read when there were so many other things to gossip about. But we realised we had to have books included in the night somehow, otherwise we were just a “girls who meet once a month, drink a bit too much and talk far too loudly” club (which obviously wasn’t us).

Despite our love for gossip and beverage of the white grape variety, most of us were avid readers (those overcrowded London rush-hour tube journeys need distraction). So our book swapping was a great (informal) way to get other people’s recommendations as I am always on the lookout for new good reads (please share if you have any ideas!). This is my way of sharing the good ones I come across, without going into too much detail.

I have just finished reading Shantaram, by Gregory David Roberts. It’s been on my “to read” list for some time but I kept putting it off because it’s heavy and thick with very thin pages and lots of them. 933 to be exact. Is this a sign that it’s time I accepted that a Kindle is the way forward? I am not sure if I am ready to part with paper pages just yet! But anyway, I have finally finished the epic tale and really enjoyed it. It was a bit hard going in some parts but if you just venture on, it’s a fascinating tale.

If you want more details, check out the publisher’s website: Pan Macmillan Australia.

Ok, onto my next read, this one is going to have to be quite a bit lighter, both in weight and in effort!