The Pocket Book Club have voted for our favourite and less than favourite books in 2016.
We had our Christmas break up at the glorious Cormorant Bay Restaurant with glorious views of Wivenhoe Pocket Dam and succulent pork.
Everyone was given three yellow stickers to vote for their favourite books of the year (the stickers could be spread however one pleased) and two orange stickers for our least favourites. With two people left to vote, it came out like this:
Number one love: All the Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr
Number two love: The History of Rain, Naill Williams
Number three love: The Natural Way of Things, Charlotte Wood
Number one unlove: Yes Please, Amy Phoehler
Number two unlove: The King of the Road, Nigel Bartlett
Number three unlove: The Husband’s Secret, Liane Moriarty
This month’s read was Augusten Burrough’s, You Better Not Cry – because it is Christmas and the book is full of Christmas stories from the life of Augusten Burroughs.
Burrough’s is obsessed with Christmas – and Santa. The first story where he confuses Santa and Jesus made most of us laugh out loud. He has a particular encounter with another old and French Santa when he is in his twenties. The stories are also bitter sweet and thoughtful. The book as a whole has what I like best about a collection of short stories – a complete story. We learn through Burrough’s memories about his childhood, his roaring 20’s, a turning point toward a more stable adulthood. We would recommend this Christmas book – but be aware there is some graphic content.
What we ate: Curry, Pork, Salmon, Turkey and chilli fudge.