There are many variances which denote a thickening of the plot. A dense and detailed history add substance, solidifying friendships and character relationships bring emotion, and unexpected reactions to outside influences add the element of surprise.
The Free Range Bookclub can tick off all these categories as we head into our seventh year. First of all there’s a history that incorporates more than 150 book titles and the continual element of surprise as we each turn the opening page on a book we may not have heard of, nor considered reading before.
But none of that would matter if it weren’t for the strong friendships we’ve formed, friendships that began as a shared loved of literature but which have grown into something bigger. So it was a shame that we lost Nicole to the hustle and bustle of life, but the remaining four of us are all long term bookclubbers and will press on!
We have decided against theming this year but our choices have still resulted in some big gun authors in the reading list. Here’s how it looks:
Under The Mountain – Maurice Gee
Crossing To Safety – Wallace Stegner
A Thousand Splendid Suns – Khaled Hossieni
Howards End – E M Forster
Holy Days – Joy Cowley
The Turn Of The Screw – Henry James
The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
On Beauty – Zadie Smith