LBC Reads for March

Can’t believe we’re into the March reading cycle already – and this brings us full circle – twill be a year to the month that we went online for our book clubbing shenanigans.

Although I am very excited about the prospect of getting a vaccine (HUZZAH!) and opening up, I’m fairly certain that the next few months book clubs at least will still be via zoom. This is caution on my behalf, I can’t wait to see you all!!

(I mean, given the practice runs I’ve had with K, I’ll likely just stare awkwardly at my feet, or talk incessantly for ten minutes straight through, but still – can’t wait to see you all!)

Anyhoo – here are our three book club choices for this month:

  • 10th March – The Martian – Andy Weir – LBC Horsforth
  • 20th March – A Wizard of Earthsea – Ursula le Guin – LBC3Reads
  • 21st March – Normal People – Sally Rooney – LBC White Swan

The Martian

I’m stranded on Mars.

I have no way to communicate with Earth. I’m in a habitat designed to last 31 days.

If the oxygenator breaks down, I’ll suffocate. If the water reclaimer breaks down, I’ll die of thirst. If the hab breaches, I’ll just kind of explode. If none of those things happen, I’ll eventually run out of food and starve to death.

So yeah. I’m screwed.

A Wizard of Earthsea

The first book of Earthsea is a tale of wizards, dragons and terrifying shadows.

The island of Gont is a land famous for wizards. Of these, some say the greatest – and surely the greatest voyager – is the man called Sparrowhawk. As a reckless, awkward boy, he discovered the great power that was in him – with terrifying consequences.

Tempted by pride to try spells beyond his means, Sparrowhawk lets loose an evil shadow-beast in his land. Only he can destroy it, and the quest leads him to the farthest corner of Earthsea.

Normal People

Connell and Marianne grow up in the same small town in rural Ireland. The similarities end there; they are from very different worlds. When they both earn places at Trinity College in Dublin, a connection that has grown between them lasts long into the following years.

This is an exquisite love story about how a person can change another person’s life – a simple yet profound realisation that unfolds beautifully over the course of the novel. It tells us how difficult it is to talk about how we feel and it tells us – blazingly – about cycles of domination, legitimacy and privilege.

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