Bangkok International Book Club

Bangkok International Book Club


The group is made up of people from different nationalities and backgrounds and there are men and women in the group.

Books that have been chosen for discussion in the past have covered a number of subjects and from authors from around the world.  All books chosen are in English.

The meetings are very relaxed and informal.   Members come and go, as often they have to miss our meetings due to work and other commitments.  There is no application form or fees involved, though we ask for a 50baht donation to cover the cost of the wine, as there is tea/coffee available from the coffee shop and wine at the meetings. Each meeting is focused around one book that has previously been chosen by the members attending earlier meetings.   Please do join us for any of our meetings; we are always looking for new members.   All you need do is attend any of our meetings.

Location      :  We are currently trying to find another permanent venue –please contact Sharda by email ( for this month’s location

Time             : last Wednesday of the month at 7.30pm

For any queries, please contact Sharda by email :

Book of the month

February 27th, 2013: Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks



35 Responses to “Bangkok International Book Club”

  1. David said

    When can I join – at the next meeting?


  2. David said

    you can any of our meetings – there is no need to give advanced warning that you are coming – the bookclub meetings are informal and relaxed and take place at Books @ 53, the bookstore in Sukhumvit Soi 53 on the last Wednesday of the month at 7:30pm
    Terri + Sharda

  3. Great to see you set up with your own blog, so there is a reference place for the bookclub meetings. WordPress is pretty versatile when you get the hang of it. A few of us will be coming to the Geography of Thought meeting in October.

  4. Ab said

    Hi, What is the book selection for December 2008? My wife and I just moved to Bangkok and would love to come to the book club meeting

  5. Sharda said

    The book for December is “Absolute Friends” by John le Carre. In December we meet earlier in the month, and this month it will be Wednesday, December 17th (same time and place…7:30 pm at Books@53).


  6. Arty said

    What’s the book for May 2009?

    • bangkokbookclub said

      Hi Arty,

      The book for this month is “Far From the Madding Crowd” by Thomas Hardy…we try to sneak a classic in once in a while!



      • Arty said

        Thanks Sharda! Unfortunately can’t make it tonight as I am travelling. But I am very much interested and hope to join the club next month. Please post what’s the next book as soon as you can.

        Happy bookclubbing!

  7. Candice Rafferty said


    I will be moving to Bangkok in late June and would like to attend the book club starting in July. What will be the book for that month?



    • bangkokbookclub said

      Hi Candice,
      The book for July is “His Illegal Self” by Peter Carey. I will put you on the mailing list, and send you the list of books for the next few months.

      We look forward to seeing you in July!



      • Candice Rafferty said

        Hi Shara,

        Thanks for the response. As an Aussie myself I highly approve of the July book chosen!

        See you soon,


  8. jib said

    hi . I ‘d like to join your club in the future and mailing list as well.
    I order MiddleSex by Jeffrey Eugenides from a book store and hope to get it soon.
    I heard it’s a good one. Have you discuss this novel yet?

    • Sharda said

      Hi Jib,

      Middlesex is a good read, and I’m sure you’ll enjoy it very much. We discussed it a couple of years ago…

      We will be discussing “His Illegal Self” by Peter Carey at the next meeting (July 29th), and perhaps we’ll see you there.

      I will add you to the mailing list.



  9. Claudia said

    I would also like to join the book club meeting next Wednesday to discuss “His Illegal Self”. Wow, great timing that I just found this link in time and only have to wait one week for the 1st meeting. :o) I’ll see if I can pick up the book today and get busy reading! Please add me to the mailing list.


  10. Rachel Mackintosh said


    I would like to attend the book club from August. Could you let me know what the book is, and perhaps put me on the mailing list?

    Thanks a lot

    • claudialarsson said

      Hi Rachel
      I just joined as well! The book for August is:

      AUGUST 2009
      The Enchantress of Florence by Salman Rushdie


  11. bangkokbookclub said

    Hi All,
    You could always click and refer to page “books for the coming months”. Unless The Bookclub decided to change the book, this will be updated accordingly.
    Best Regards,

  12. Nat said

    Hi, i’m very interested in joining. Could you please add me to your mailing list?
    Thanks 🙂

  13. Nat said

    I just noticed the post above…sorry

  14. Sarah said

    Really interested to join – can you let me know when the next meeting is and what I should be reading?

  15. Book Suggestion

  16. jenny said

    hi! I am really interested in joining the club! But I am a student and currently 17 yrs old in my senior. Is there any age restrictions or any other specific requirements needed to join the book club? If so, can u kindly reply me back?

    Jenny Jin

  17. Ali Haji said

    I see that your book club read The Writing on My Forehead by Nafisa Haji. Her second nove; The Sweetness of Tears was recently published and is receiving great reviews….check it out at

  18. Kathleen Spiess said

    Hi Sharda – I belonged to the club up until 2008 when I returned to Canada. I’ll be visiting Bangkok in March and was hoping to attend a meeting, but alas I leave on the 25th and it looks like your meeting will be on the 28th.
    I’d like to contact a member, John, the older gentleman who was in the club when I was. If he is still a member, please pass along my contact email as per below.
    Thanks, Sharda, and I am so pleased you are still meeting. I miss the wonderful discussions we all had, and recommend this club to any prospective readers.
    Kathleen Spiess, Vancouver, BC, Canada

  19. Komkrit "Joe" Onsrithong said

    The book selection is superb. Count me in this month

  20. Jyoti Sethi said

    Hi I have a question if I would like to join the book club on the 29th of feb 2012 that means I complete the book “the sailor who fell from grace with the sea” before the meeting to be able to discuss it am I right ?

    Thank you

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  23. Rob said

    So just to confirm – you’ll be holding one on boxing day this wednesday? Thanks.

  24. zozo said

    will this book club have a meeting this wednesday, 20, february, 2013

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  26. Ventelli said

    There is a new novel out on Amazon/Books titled Flags and Tears. It is a historical fiction about England’s first military invasion of the mountainous Afghanistan. It historically follows the time line of events. Many of the characters are based on those actually involved. The epic has never been told in novel form.

    The political intrigue to the overthrow of the Afghan Emir is one layer of the plot, along with a war time love story. A diverse cast of characters, including world leaders, spies, a smuggler, a priestess, beautiful women and soldiers, are woven in the religious, cultural tapestry of Afghanistan and India during England’s 19th century rule.

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  27. Theresa said

    Is your book club still meeting?

    • Anonymous said

      Yes we are! Please feel welcome lto join us at our next meeting on Wednesday April 29th at 7:30 pm at Books@53! The book for discussion is “The Signature of All Things” by Elizabeth Gilbert.



  28. Pat said

    Hello! I just want to ask if this bookclub still active? And where do you guys usually meet up?

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