8pm, 14th March – Dark Matter by Michelle Paver

“If M R James had visited the Arctic, this is what he’d have written” or so says the producer of films such as Never Let Me Go, 28 Days Later and The Last King of Scotland. We thought it’d be good to mark the end of winter with a chilly chiller. So, grab a hot chocolate, wrap yourself up in a throw and lob another log on the fire as you shiver over this one.

Don’t have nightmares!

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8pm, 14th February – Short Cuts by Raymond Carver

Alan Partridge: “That is the best Valentine’s I’ve had in eight years.”
Jill: “What did you do eight years ago?”
Alan: “Just had a better one… Went to Silverstone. Shook Jackie Stewart’s hand. Superb. My marriage fell apart soon after that.”

Yes, yes, yes… we’ve decided to go for it. Call it the seven year itch… but having founded in 2010, we felt it was time that CardiffRead really tested the strength of our members commitment! So, upset your loved ones or bring them along, and maybe a box of milk tray too.

 

8pm, 10th January – Junk by Melvin Burgess

“Feeling a little blue in January is normal.” Marilu Henner

Croeso nol… Welcome back! We hope you’ve had a good break and managed to find time to read Burgess’s cheery tome! As well as, of course, your Secret Santa… have you found a bookish soul mate, or unearthed someone with decidedly odd taste? We can’t wait to find out.

As ever, we look forward to seeing you at Canton Library for 8pm, where we’ll chat about the book for roughly an hour, before heading over to Chapter Arts Centre for a few drinks. All are welcome!

8pm, 13th December – Any Roald Dahl book + Secret Santa!

“I-i-i-i-i-i-it’s Chri-i-i-i-i-istmas!” or so yelped Noddy Holder.

As such, it’s time for our annual Secret Santa. Pick a book off your shelf that you’ve love, love, LOVED and write a little note to explain why, but don’t sign off: it needs to be a surprise. Wrap it up in the cheapest wrapping paper you can find and bring it along. We’ll pop them all in a hessian sack (or a carrier, sack supplies are low at this time of year) and take it in turns to pick one out. Then read it over the holidays and come back in January to have a guess at who submitted the book!

In terms of the book of the month; for the first time ever, it’s up to you. Well, kind of. To celebrate the Roald Dahl centenary (have you heard?), we thought we’d end the year with a doff of the cap to Llandaff’s most famous scribe. As such, take your pick from his bibliography (if you’re not keen on reading a kids’ book, there’s Boy, an autobiography of his childhood in our fair (or maybe not) city, over the bridge in England and Norway too.