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Calling all bookworms, established and wannabe… Welcome to the FMN book club.

I’ve always loved to read, a fact some of you have probably picked up on over the years. As a kid I always went to bed with a half a dozen books to choose from on a nightly basis, and went on to study English at university which I loved. While everyone else was in back-to-back lectures, my degree involved hours of reading at home in bed. But I’m as guilty as the next person for neglecting my bookworm tendencies nowadays in favour of late-night netflix and instagram-scrolling sessions. I’m a fast reader and can read a handful of books over a week-long holiday but then as soon as I’m back at home and in the humdrum of routine, books can be left on my bedside table for months before I start them.

So in the spirit of attempting to read more, I thought I’d rope you guys into it too… I know lots of you love reading too after getting lots of questions in the past about favourite books and recommendations. And maybe some of you have a new years resolution in place to read more this year or just want to put down the technology more often (kindle aside) in favour of the printed word.

So, the idea is, every month there will be a new book recommendation on FMN as well as quick run through and opinion on the book from the previous month. I really want this to be the starting point for a conversation in the comments where people can reply to each other, offer up their own opinions and we can all share thoughts and ideas. I tried to do a book club with a group of friends recently and loved the opportunity to actually discuss books in depth, but it fizzled out quickly because it’s ridiculously hard to all get in the same room at the same time once a month! So hopefully, by taking this online and open to everyone, you can dip in when you want to and not on other busier months. Although hopefully those of you who want to will try and stick to the month-by-month schedule on this one!

Some of my favourite books include Jonathan Franzen’s The Corrections, Ian McKewan’s Atonement, Chimananda Ngozi Adichie’s Half of A Yellow Sun and Jenifer Egan’s A Visit From The Goon Squad with recent reads including the Neopolitan Novels, lots of Maggie O-Farrell books and A Little Life. So expect lots of fiction, both old and new, but there might also be some books by the likes of Brene Brown and Alain de Botton in the mix too as I love some of their ideas and philosophies. This isn’t an attempt to read some of the greatest novels of all time (although there will be some of those I’ve yet to tick off in the mix), it’s just an attempt to read more. There’ll likely be some stuff we love and some stuff we’re not so keen on, some books we can’t put down and others than require a little more determination and that’s ok. I’d love to hear some of your past favourite reads in the comments before we get started too. Just in case some of us want to cram more than one in per month it could be great for ideas…

The first book we’re going to start with is The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. A modern classic that I’ve never actually read and with a TV adaptation on the horizon I thought it was about time. If you’ve already read it, please have a quick refresh and join in on the discussion next month anyway if you fancy it. I have my copy ready and waiting so if you want to join, order yours on Amazon and I’ll see you in a month….

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  • E-M

    I loved the Neapolitan Novels too! So good…
    Recently I’ve read The Girls by Emma Cline. I was actually a little disappointed by it, expected something better.
    Some books I want to read this year are The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchison, Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler, All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, The Art of Loving by Erich Fromm, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami, Swing Time by Zadie Smith, Modern Lovers by Emma Straub and The Secret History by Donna Tartt. Oh and aslo Love’s Executioner and Other Tales of Psychotherapy…

    This is a wonderful idea Lucy. Really looking forward to the next book club post :)

    • Lots of yours are also on my list so hopefully we can coincide…. The Secret History was one of my all-time faves xx

  • Sarah

    Love the idea of this! With three books on my nightstand that I’d like to read/still finish first (‘In the Light of What We Know – Zia Haider Rahman, ‘I Hate The Internet’ – Jarett Kobek and a Dutch one of a journalist who did research to privacy issues online), I’m not joining yet. But maybe after a few months! :)

    • Get cracking with those and hopefully see you back here in a few months! Xx

  • Jenny

    Excited to read the Handmaid’s Tale and join this online book club! I’ve been meaning to read it for a while so now is the perfect opportunity! I recently shared what I read on my blog too if you wanna have a look x

    http://www.nnyley.com/blog/2017/what-im-reading-3

    • Exactly – pleased I’m not the only one who hasn’t read before xx

  • Kathryn Yardley

    This is brilliant! Completely agree that taking it online might make it easier – friends of mine have tried to make it take off but we haven’t managed to make it consistent yet. Now to decide whether I get on kindle or paper….

    • I’m a paper person but kindle definitely better for environment/clutter! So glad to hear you’re joining xx

  • Daria

    What a lovely idea! Reading more is actually one of my resolutions so I’m definitely joining.

    PD I’ve just finished The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton and I though it was very interesting.

  • Maxine

    So excited about this! Xx

  • Emma

    So excited for this! I’ve just finished The Handmaid’s Tale and really want to discuss my thoughts so I’ll be back here in a month! My favourite books include The Secret History, Everything is Illuminated and Night FIlm. I have Jonathan Safron Foer’s new novel on my nightstand ready to delve into next

  • Carla

    I love this idea!! I’m from Barcelona and definitely wil be following your recommendations as I read the whole Elena Ferrante’s saga when you mentioned it and super loved them!!!! Thank you for the inspiration! xx

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  • Camille

    What a lovely idea. I have a very similar reading style of gobbling books up when on holiday, then having ones left unread on my bedside table once life has got in the way again. A great place to start discussions. Order on its way.
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  • Love this idea Lucy – I neglected reading after my English Lit degree too but I just read Life After Life by Kate Atkinson and I realised how great it is to read good writing! Going to revisit The Handmaids Tale for the discussion! Steph x
    http://www.stephstyle.com

  • This is a perfect idea since IRL book clubs are so hard to organize and execute! And yes, I do have a goal to read a certain amount of books this year :)

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  • viktoria

    I also love the books! Cant wait for your new section!

    http://thedaydreamings.blogspot.com

  • Caroline

    Oh Lucy this is such a wonderful idea. I read The Handmaid’s Tale in one of my English classes while studying in Seoul and I loved it! There is so much to analyse and discuss! If I can recommend three books its ‘The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao’ by Junot Diaz, ‘East of Eden’ by John Steinbeck and ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’ by Mark Haddon. Also ‘Molly Sweeney’ (which is a short play-script) is amazing. Lots of love from Sweden! Adore your blog! X

  • The Gold Lipstick

    Absolutely love it!!

    Mireia from TGL
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  • Sarah Warth

    Can’t wait!! I’ve been wanting to get back into reading, especially for inspiration and creativity outside of Instagram and Netflix. Plus convenience of being online? That’s GREAT for this American expat that’s been looking for a book club in English. My copy has been ordered!

  • Julia_S

    What a GREAT idea. International book club, here I come!

  • disqus_UZLj0ERU4t

    This is an ace idea. On Amazon now! X

  • Eeeee can’t wait for this!

    I love reading so so much, but am guilty of watching Youtube videos and scrolling through Instagram late at night too. Looking forward to some of the philosophy based books you recommend! Some of my favourite to read :)

    Haven’t read a good fiction book in a while, so excited to get dug into this one!

    Heather x http://www.atelierofstyle.co.uk

  • Fran

    Hi Lucy. I love the idea of book club but can I also ask what paint you’ve used on your walls please? Looking for the exact same grey! Thanks x

    • It’s Farrow and Ball Pavillion Grey – glad you like it! xx

  • Count me in!!

    Petite Side of Style

  • Pandora Sykes

    YES PLEASE, am in. Have been devouring books since I went freelance. Favourites this year include: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine (comes out next summer, you can ask publisher for an early copy) – it’s had so much hype and rightly so. And am reading Valley of the Dolls, have you read it!? Came out 50 years ago but is amazing. Also, adored Girls & Sex by journalist Peggy Orinstein when I was in Colombia and anything from Jami Greenberg – new New York writer I just discovered – is just brilliant. Hope you like some of those! Will start on Atwood ASAP.

  • Katie

    This is a fab idea! I studied English Lit at A Level and wish I’d studied it at university. Hopping on Amazon now xx

  • This is actually a really good idea!! I’ve always wanted to get into reading more, and cannot wait to join x

    Millie x
    http://queenmillie.blogspot.co.uk/2017/01/cream-jumper-grey-scarf-shein.html

  • Sian Hunter

    amazing, I’ve been meaning to read this. last year i read the blind assassin and absolutely loved it so I’m very excited to read the handmaids tale. what a great idea lucy!

  • Susie Papenhause

    Hi Lucy! I love to read so much. It’s my favorite hobby and one of my greatest pleasures in life. I found The Handmaid’s Tale at my local bookstore today. Excited about this book club!

    I don’t have a favorite book but some of my favorite authors are Jonathan Franzen, Jane Austen, Bret Easton Ellis, Nabokov, Hemingway, Bukowski…

    And here’s a quick list of books I’ve read recently and enjoyed: Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami, Slow Days, Fast Company by Eve Babitz, My Paris Dream by Kate Betts.

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  • Nikki No 5

    A great idea! I’ll be joining! Might I also suggest checking out eBay and searching for a vintage copy. Nothing better than hardback, vintage books…I’m such a sap for old hardbacks …and that “old book smell”! Just bought a first edition print that didn’t cost much more than the paperback on Amazon. #recyclereads

  • This is great! I am THE worst when it comes to sticking to reading a good book! My resolution this year was to read more so, this will make me accountable. Thanks for the great idea Lucy!

    Brenda of @lafilledurock

  • I’m posting again, because I’m not sure my post went through (i just signed up for disqus) This is a great idea Lucy, especially for those of us who always have the intention to read, but never do! This is one of my resolutions this year, to read more. I’ve already ordered the first book, can’t wait! xx

  • Marcella

    Yeassss!! I’m in :)

  • azrakun

    love the idea! i’m all in :)

  • Awesome idea!

    Love,
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  • Nishita

    I love The Handmaid’s Tale. It’s an amazing book and apt for the times.

  • Julie Pietrzak

    Very excited about this! Your fave book list is very similar to mine, with a heavy dose of Haruki Murakami and David Mitchell thrown in. I also just finished Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi, and it was worth the hype.

    If you require a club filler between months, I highly recommend the Goodreads app. It is essentially a virtual book club where I can read varying opinions while developing my own.

  • This is so great! Always need more books to read.

    xx

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  • Hejer Laouiti

    Love this Idea! I am into a swedish author phase right now and I am devouring Maria Ernestam’s book, my favourite being Cleopatra’s comb.

  • Excited for the FMN book club – I loved the Handmaid’s Tale and think it’s perfectly chosen given the politics of the times we’re living in now, as well as the upcoming Hulu TV show :) x

    Tamsin | A Certain Adventure

  • Such a lovely idea – you have great ways of adding new content into the blog! I LOVE to read on holiday but back in London there never seems to be time for it sadly, but I’ll try and keep up. Stephanie x
    http://www.thestylememo.com

  • Sarah Shenston

    I love this! My friends and i run a book club and its my real respite from my job! I read the Handmaids Tale years ago and its always stuck with me! Id like to say I’m loving your new home – from what you’ve shown. You have such good styling. Your kitchen is gorgeous! I am just about to re-do my bedroom (on a shoe string) and wondered if you would show more of how you decorate your room? Where are you curtains from? x

  • Jen Meadows

    This is a fabulous endeavour. I would not have selected “The Handmaid’s Tale” for myself, as it feels more topical and far removed from the escapism I so often choose for my free reading. That being said, I not only read it, but recommended the novel (and webpage) to friends. I look forward to the novel’s discussion here soon. I’m also eager to discover which book you selected for March!

  • I know this comment is quite a bit late, but I have heard such wonderful things about “Half of A Yellow Sun.” I wish I devoted more of my time to reading but it’s so tempting to watch Netflix late at night. Thank you for sharing with us such a wonderful selection of books. I can’t wait to get started!

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