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Triangle Reads: What local book clubs are up to

This book cover image released by Mulholland Books shows "The Cuckoo’s Calling," by Robert Galbraith, a pseudonym for author J.K. Rowling.
This book cover image released by Mulholland Books shows "The Cuckoo’s Calling," by Robert Galbraith, a pseudonym for author J.K. Rowling. AP

With 12 members, the Camelot Readers of Raleigh is starting its eighth year, according to club member Lou Thomas.

Tell us about your club. We are a group of women, most of whom work outside the home. We were brought together by two women who met when they volunteered at their children’s high school. They discussed books and decided to form a book club, and they each invited friends who shared their love of reading. We try to read different types of books – fiction, nonfiction, short stories, biography, historical novel, classic, mystery, science fiction, travel, etc. Our goal is to try something that permits us to go outside our own personal reading preferences. Each meeting starts with food and wine and catching up with one another, book club business and then the discussion. The discussion is always full and rich and invariably someone will provide a new and intriguing insight into the book.

What are you reading now? “The Cuckoo’s Calling,” by Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling)

What is your club’s favorite book? “The Thirteenth Tale,” by Diane Setterfield, and “Moloka’i,” by Alan Brennert

What’s unique about your club? Our December meeting is a holiday get-together with our husbands, and we not only feast, but discuss that month’s selection. We try to choose a book that we believe will interest our spouses or significant others, and they are encouraged to read and contribute to the discussion. This has been proven to be great fun! In January we have “Book and a Movie,” where we select a book that also has a movie version to watch. We have pizza and wine for dinner and briefly discuss the book. During the movie, the hostess will serve popcorn and other goodies!

Read more about this book club and comment on its current book, or tell us about your book club at newsobserver.com/trianglereads/.

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