Best of the Book Club 2015 & ‘A Boy Called Christmas’

'A Boy Called Christmas' by Matt Haig and Chris Mould

This month we chose between our top picks of 2015 (one per month, two where there was a split in the popular choice, listed below) and with the bonus addition of A Boy Called Christmas by Matt Haig and Chris Mould.

The most popular pick was A Boy Called Christmas, but we had a broad mix of uptake across all the Books of the Book Club Year, so plenty to discuss at the next meeting.

If you’d like to buy any of the books, please let Leilah or Waterstones Doncaster know. Tell the Waterstones Doncaster staff member that you’re with the book club, and they should know to take off the extra pound, disclaimer.

The next meeting will be on Wednesday 13th January, 5.20pm for 5.45pm.

But before then…

BONUS CHRISTMAS MEETING!

For the purposes of nibbling, drinking, and having your own private book shopping experience for a couple of hours. Bring a couple of nibbling bits with you, and Leilah will fetch a couple of bottles of wine and some crackers. Normal meet up time, on Wednesday 16th December. There will be bookish presents for attendees!


Best of 2015

January – Do No Harm by Henry Marsh, Mystery in White by J. Jefferson Farjeon

February – Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey, The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

March – An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth by Chris Hadfield

April – Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig

May – The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld

June – All Involved by Ryan Gattis, The Dead Duke, His Secret Wife and the Missing Corpse by Piu Marie Eatwell

July – Forensics by Val McDermid

August – Shotgun Lovesongs by Nickolas Butler

September – A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

October – A Place Called Winter by Patrick Gale

Shotgun Lovesongs

We had a bumper selection this month as we’re going 5 weeks between meetings this time. Leilah was thrilled to see so many choose Shotgun Lovesongs by Nickolas Butler, as it was her favourite book of 2014!

This time we have readers for 4 out of 5 of the choices so please check out July’s alternative reads if you didn’t pick Shotgun Lovesongs. I’ve also recapped them at the bottom of the post.

If you’d like to buy any of the books, please let Leilah or Waterstones Doncaster know as they may have to order them in. Tell the Waterstones Doncaster staff member that you’re with the book club, and they should know to take off the extra pound, disclaimer.

The next meeting will be on Wednesday 19th August, 5.20pm for 5.45pm.

Costa have agreed to stay on for a short while to serve us drinks and cakes, so please get there well before 5:30. Any of you that would like to gather earlier to chat, feel free, though I’ll ask you to move to our designated space from 5pm so that Costa can clean up around us.


Shotgun Lovesongs, Nickolas Butler

Shotgun Lovesongs by Nickolas ButlerHenry, Lee, Kip and Ronny grew up together in rural Wisconsin.

Friends since childhood, their lives all began the same way, but have since taken different paths. Henry stayed on the family farm and married his first love, whilst the others left in search of something more. Ronnie became a rodeo star, Kip made his fortune in the city, and musician Lee found fame – but heartbreak, too.

Now all four are back in town for a wedding, each of them hoping to recapture their old closeness but unable to escape how much has changed. Amid the happiness of reunion and celebration, old rivalries resurface and a wife’s secret threatens to tear both a marriage and a friendship apart …

This is a novel about the things that matter – love and loyalty, the power of music and the beauty of nature – told in a uniquely beautiful, warm-hearted and profound way and exploring the age-old question of whether we can ever truly come home.

Published: 07/05/2015

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 9781509801756