The Reading Group by Elizabeth Noble

About the book

The Reading Group follows the trials and tribulations of a group of women who meet regularly to read and discuss books.Over the course of a year, each of these women become intertwined, both in the books they read and within each other’s lives.
Inspired by a shared desire for conversation, a good book and a glass of wine-Clare, Harriet, Nicole, Polly, and Susan undergo startling revelations and transformations despite their differences in background, age and respective dilemmas.
What starts as a reading group gradually evolves into a forum where the women may express their views through the books they read and grow to become increasingly more open as the bonds of friendship cement.
In The Reading Group, Noble reveals the many complicated paths in life we all face as well as the power and importance of friendship.

Reviewed by Enjoying Books Reading Group:

A good holiday reading with interesting issues. We found lots of discussion points on womens lives at different ages.

Star rating: ** ½

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6 thoughts on “The Reading Group by Elizabeth Noble”

  1. Review by The Accidental Reading Group:
    Another Aga Saga, but not reading group material. No real issues, saccharine characters, unbelievable, too tidied up at the end.
    Star rating: **

  2. Review by The Accidental Reading Group:
    Another Aga Saga, but not reading group material. No real issues, saccharine characters, unbelievable, too tidied up at the end.
    Star rating: **

  3. Review by Boater’s Book Club:
    Many didn’t enjoy “The Reading Group”, finding it trivial, sentimental with shallow characters. It was considered that there were too many characters and this was confusing and that all seemed to have a lot of baggage. Did it reflect life? — it was decided yes it did. It was commented that many characters were reflected in other characters within the book. Not all of our group “got” the link of the summary of the month’s book read and a character. It was felt that the book itself was not about a Book Club and that usage was annoying. It was seen as an exploration and reflection of women’s life and that men were presented as weak. We discussed the lives of the characters. For brevity, these are not included here.
    Star rating: *

  4. Review by Goodworth Clatford WI Reading Group:
    Chick lit, holiday reading, easy. Characters were believable. Relationships with the books rather overlooked. Personal relationships the most important part of the book.
    Star rating: **

  5. Review by Women Who Read
    A mixed reception for this – including one score of zero! Most of us felt that the plot was contrived and trivialised things that should have been traumatic. Disappointed that there wasn’t more about the books they read.
    Star rating: **

  6. Review by Saturday Bookworms
    The book was disjointed in the first half but after this point the book appears to come together. some thought the book was under developed and restricted by experience; others thought it was a very good book.
    Star rating: ***

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