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This page is for the latest of our club reads, books from the year 1954. Please join us in reading, exploring, commenting on and recommending any exciting books you’ve discovered! I’ll collect here links to everyone’s posts, and if I miss yours please leave a comment so that I can add it in! Happy reading! 😀

The Tortoise and the Hare by Elizabeth Jenkins

JacquiWine’s Journal

Brona’s Books

Martin (via Goodreads)

Under the Net by Iris Murdoch

Kinship of all Species

book word

Jill Enjoys Her Ponies by Ruby Ferguson

Scones and Chaises Longues

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

Reading Envy

Jeeves and the Feudal Spirit by P. G. Wodehouse

Books and Chocolate

Literary Potpourri

Katherine by Anya Seton

WhatMeRead

Becky’s Book Reviews

The Gypsy in the Parlour by Margery Sharp

Heavenali

Madame Bibi Lophile Recommends

Banner in the Sky by James Ramsey Ullman

The Captive Reader

The Case of the Restless Redhead by Erle Stanley Gardner

Literary Potpourri – guest review

The Native Heath by Elizabeth Fair

Adventures in reading, running and working from home

Stuck in a Book

Staircase Wit

The Golden Waterwheel by Leo Walmsley

Stuck in a Book

Messiah by Gore Vidal

746Books

Maigret Goes to School by Simenon

Harriet Devine’s Blog

Explorers on the Moon by Hergé

Finding time to write

Mary Anne by Daphne du Maurier

Hopewell’s Library of Life

Pining for the West

Because of Sam by Molly Clavering

Read-warbler

The Alice B Toklas Cookbook

Madame Bibi Lophile Recommends

Swamp Angel by Ethel Wilson

Stuck in a Book

The New Men by C.P. Snow

Winstonsdad’s blog

Whole Days in the Trees by Marguerite Duras

1streading’s Blog

The Last Train by Bernard Cronin

Whispering Gums

Lease of Life by Frank Baker

Stuck in a Book

The Toll-Gate by Georgette Heyer

She Reads Novels

Wicked Witch’s Blog

The Eagle of the Ninth by Rosemary Sutcliff

Staircase Wit

She Reads Novels

The Children of Green Knowe by L.M. Boston

Staircase Wit

The Secret Diary of Harold L. Ickes

Neglected Books

The Alice B. Tokas Cookbook

Scones and Chaises Longues

The Horse and his Boy by C.S. Lewis

Annabookbel

Enter the Enchanted Castle

Calmgrove

Dolce Bellezza

Staircase Wit

Madame de Pompadour by Nancy Mitford

Literary Potpourri

The Captive Reader

Good work, Secret Seven by Enid Blyton

Literary Potpourri

The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien

Calmgrove

Who Was Changed and Who Was Dead by Barbara Comyns

Madame bibi Lophile Recommends

Harriet Devine’s Blog

Beyond the Glass by Antonia White

Madame bibi Lophile Recommends

Sweet Thursday by John Steinbeck

Winstonsdad’s Blog

Charlotte Fairlie by D E Stevenson

Heavenali

The Ponder Heart by Eudora Welty

Expendable Mudge Muses Aloud

Moominsummer Madness by Tove Jansson

Bookish Beck

Under Milk Wood by Dylan Thomas

Bookish Beck

The Untidy Pilgrim by Eugene Walter

ANZ Litlover’s Litblog

Legions of the Eagle by Henry Treece

Pining for the West

The Wheel on the School by Meindert DeJong

Literary Potpourri

The Refuge by Kenneth Mackenzie

Reading Matters

Contempt by Alberto Moravia

Winstonsdad’s Blog

Doctor’s Children by Josephine Elder

Stuck in a Book

Dishonoured Bones by John Trench

Stuck in a Book

The Cretan Counterfeit by Katharine Farrer

Stuck in a Book

Beside the Pearly Water by Stella Gibbons

Stuck in a Book

Death in Rome by Wolfgang Koeppen

1streading’s Blog

Confessions of Felix Krull by Thomas Mann

Lizzy’s Literary Life (Volume 2)

Shroud of Darkness by E.C.R. Lorac

Literary Potpourri

Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis

746Books

The Desperate Hours by Joseph Hayes

a hot cup of pleasure

Pictures from an Institution by Randall Jarrell

Bookish Beck

Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin

Bookish Beck

She Who Was No More by Pierre Boileau and Thomas Narcejac 

BookerTalk

Nectar in a Sieve by Kamala Markandaya

Mockingbirds, Looking Glasses & Prejudices

Highland Rebel by Sally Watson

Staircase Wit

The Wonderful Flight to the Mushroom Planet by Eleanor Cameron

Staircase Wit

The Cuckoo in Spring by Elizabeth Cadell

Staircase Wit

Friends From Philadelphia by John Updike

Rhode Reads (via Instagram)

The Emigrants by George Lamming

Winstonsdad’s Blog

A Proper Marriage by Doris Lessing

1streading’s Blog

General posts:

Whispering Gums

Brona’s Books

Gallimaufry Book Studio

 

 

30 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. mallikabooks15
    Apr 18, 2022 @ 08:52:07

    I still haven’t started on my reviews, but as I’d mentioned the other day, I convinced my mom to join in as well; since she doesn’t have a blog, I’ve posted her review on mine (I’ll be tagging her posts Guest Posts)

    https://potpourri2015.wordpress.com/2022/04/18/guest-post-book-review-the-case-of-the-restless-redhead-by-erle-stanley-gardner-1954club/

    also on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2059747609?book_show_action=false&from_review_page=1

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  2. Cath
    Apr 19, 2022 @ 16:08:40

    Hi, I’ve just reviewed Because of Sam by Molly Clavering: https://read-warbler.blogspot.com/2022/04/because-of-sam-by-molly-clavering.html

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  3. mallikabooks15
    Apr 21, 2022 @ 13:50:09

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  4. mallikabooks15
    Apr 22, 2022 @ 04:44:43

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  5. Expendable Mudge
    Apr 22, 2022 @ 15:18:53

    I got THE PONDER HEART by Eudora Welty’s review posted…all 5* of five of it!
    https://expendablemudge.blogspot.com/2022/04/the-ponder-heart-light-hearted-fun.html

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    • kaggsysbookishramblings
      Apr 22, 2022 @ 16:59:48

      Fab – will link! 😀

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    • mallikabooks15
      Apr 23, 2022 @ 06:03:20

      Lovely review. I’d completely forgotten that this was from 1954. This was my first (and so far only) Welty (a collection of short stories awaits), but I loved it–so funny, and the solution to the mystery I never saw coming at all!

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      • Expendable Mudge
        Apr 23, 2022 @ 20:38:53

        Thank you! I’d never considered the story a mystery, but that element is certainly there now you’ve pointed it out.

  6. Lisa Hill
    Apr 23, 2022 @ 00:23:39

    Here we are, but it’s not great reading I’m afraid! The Untidy Pilgrim by Eugene Walter:

    The Untidy Pilgrim, by Eugene Walter

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  7. mallikabooks15
    Apr 23, 2022 @ 05:59:23

    My second pick–I’m really cutting it close

    Book Review: The Wheel on the School by Meindert DeJong #1954Club

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  8. kimbofo
    Apr 23, 2022 @ 07:34:11

    Hi Kaggsy, I’ve just reviewed an Australian classic: https://readingmattersblog.com/2022/04/23/the-refuge-by-kenneth-mackenzie/

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  9. drharrietd
    Apr 23, 2022 @ 16:42:04

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  10. mallikabooks15
    Apr 24, 2022 @ 11:58:05

    My third: Shroud of Darkness by ECR Lorac: loved this

    Book Review: Shroud of Darkness by E.C.R. Lorac #1954Club

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  11. Kristen @rhode_reads
    Apr 24, 2022 @ 14:19:22

    It’s not a book but I read John Updike’s first story published in The New Yorker, “Friends From Philadelphia,” which happened in 1954. It’s in his Collected Early Stories. He also had a handful of poems accepted for publication and signed an agreement with the magazine that year, granting the NYer first-reading rights on all of his future writings. I’ve been enjoying all of the context for 1954 in literature!

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    • kaggsysbookishramblings
      Apr 24, 2022 @ 16:29:58

      How interesting! A short story is great and I think you make a good point about the clubs – all the different posts and readings and comments do build up a wonderful picture of the year!

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  12. neeruahcop
    Apr 24, 2022 @ 16:06:29

    Thanks Karen for hosting this. Only one read this time: The Desperate Hours by Joseph Hayes. https://ahotcupofpleasureagain.wordpress.com/2022/04/24/1954-club-the-desperate-hours-by-joseph-hayes/

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  13. Martin Schneider
    Apr 25, 2022 @ 21:00:07

    Here’s my review of The Tortoise and the Hare by E. Jenkins — thanks!
    https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4658000175

    Reply

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