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JI Book Club meets on the first Tuesday of every month around Jumeirah Islands, Dubai. We read a range of books which are chosen by the members each month.

A typical JI Book Club meeting will be starting at 9:00 am for a quick catch up, coffee and to welcome new members. Then at around 9:15, we start our discussion about the book. We score the book out of 10 before and after our discussion to see if we have been swayed in our opinion either way! After we have finished talking we vote for the next book choice.

We take our vote for the next book from a list of suggestions. Anyone at the meetup can put forward a book to go on the list, so please bring your best ideas! I try not to choose anything that is too long or expensive to buy.

Our next meeting will take place at Jumeirah Islands Clubhouse on Friday, 26 May, at 9 am.


This event is free. You will only pay for your own drink/food consumption.


Next session read:

Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie



















Story of Lenka, Monika Fourneaux, Dubai, Library, Writers in Dubai

Do not hesitate to take notes while reading. We are thrilled to hear your point of view! Here are some of the questions that will be surely discussed: 


  1. What was your favourite part of the book?

  2. What was your least favourite?

  3. Did you race to the end, or was it more of a slow burn?

  4. Which scene has stuck with you the most?

  5. What did you think of the writing? Are there any standout sentences?

  6. Did you reread any passages? If so, which ones?

  7. Would you want to read another book by this author?

  8. Did reading the book impact your mood? If yes, how so?

  9. What surprised you most about the book?

  10. How did your opinion of the book change as you read it?

  11. If you could ask the author anything, what would it be?

  12. How does the book's title work in relation to the book's contents? If you could give the book a new title, what would it be?

  13. Is this book overrated or underrated?

  14. Did this book remind you of any other books?

  15. How did it impact you? Do you think you'll remember it in a few months or years?

  16. Would you ever consider re-reading it? Why or why not?

  17. Who do you most want to read this book?

  18. Are there lingering questions from the book you're still thinking about?

  19. Did the book strike you as original?


Please feel free to message Monika if you have any questions!

List of previously discussed books:

 A Woman is No Man by Etaf Rum

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

Still Life by Sarah Winman

Pachinko  by Min Jin Lee

The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah

The Girl with the Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier 

The Mercies by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

Lessons in Chemistry by Garmus, Bonnie

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