Let’s Chat About Our Favourite Books!

​I am part of a wonderful choir called Durham RESOUND Choir. This choir is an inclusive, fun and friendly environment for anyone and everyone who likes to sing. A decision was made that we should all get to know each other more. So, we sent in emails about our hobbies and interests and had little meetings to discuss those hobbies and interests. This week, we did a kind of book club. A bunch of us joined up in a Zoom call and discussed our favourite books. We talked about the plot, what we liked about them, and why we love it. I personally found that this meeting was great! We had a great time laughing and discussing our favourite books, and I look forward to doing it again sometime!
The books we discussed are:
The Hobbit, by J.RR. Tolkien
Villa Triste, by Lucretia Grindle
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying up, by Marie Kondo
Elinor Oliphant is Completely Fine, by Gail Honeyman
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, by Gail Honeyman.
Joanne L.
Plot: Eleanor struggles with social skills and says exactly what she thinks. She has a hard time with her social life until she meets a bubbly man named Raymond. They help save an elderly man named Sam. They all help each other with their isolated lifestyles.
Why she loves it: It was fun to listen to on audio book, especially with the accents of different characters. She loves the message that to heal your heart, you have to open up. She also loves how uplifting it is.
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, by Marie Kondo
Amy G
Plot: Marie tells you how to properly clean up, and how to know what you should keep and what you shouldn’t.  She says you should thank what you throw away, and doing that helps with letting go.
Why she loves it: She is from Montreal, and her parents were children of the depression. She had an addition done on the house, and her stuff stuffed in half of the house. Then, she ended up with half of her mum’s stuff. She loves the theory: don’t choose what to throw out, choose what to keep. She loves the mindfulness of it.
Villa Triste, by Lucretia Grindle
Kim A.
Plot: The story opens up in modern-day Rome, and an elderly man has been shot execution-style in his vestibule. They find that his gut is full of salt. The detective takes the man’s diary and doesn’t let the police take it. As the detective starts the read, he learns about a family that is part of the resistance against Mussolini. The mother’s father and two daughters keep having to move around. One of the daughters is rescuing people and taking them to safety. The other is a nurse who is keeping track of who is dying in the hospitals, so her parents can use the empty house to broadcast to the allies. Back in the present day, there is another assassination with the same MO. The detective realizes that both murders harken back to the resistance movement. 
Why she loves it: She loves it because of how the clues unfold, and how you learn a about WWII in Italy. It’s a murder mystery, historical fiction, love story, adventure, family, intrigue novel.
The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien
Celeste S.
Plot: “Bilbo Baggins lives a simple life with his fellow hobbits in the shire until the wizard Gandalf arrives and convinces him to join a group of dwarves on a quest to reclaim the kingdom of Erebor. The journey takes Bilbo on a path through treacherous lands swarming with orcs, goblins and other dangers, not the least of which is an encounter with Gollum and a simple gold ring that is tied to the fate of Middle Earth in ways Bilbo cannot even fathom.” He and the descendants of Durin travel through the land until they reach the mountain where Smaug is hiding, and where their home is. They must fight off the dragon and regain their riches and their home. At points in their journey, they almost get eaten by Orks and spiders, and they get captured by the wood-elves. But, for most of them, everything turns out okay in the end.
Why she loves it: She loves this book because it provides an escape from everyday life. She can forget about all her responsibilities and worries and be immersed in Tolkien’s world. She also loves the story and the characters, and she cannot wait to continue with The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.