Where would we be without an unexpected twist or two to add to proceedings? Let’s face it, surprise events and out-of-the-blue announcements are what make a reader’s day. Whether shocking or pleasing they grab us by the shoulders and shake us about a bit, until we can accept, absorb and continue.
Such was the case at the conclusion to 2014 when founding member Suzy announced her departure from Nelson. Pause, gasp, then hugs, well-wishes and questions! Turns out she and family decided to head back to the North Island and we are all very happy for her with the exciting change, but sad for us 😦
But as in every good book, with change brings an open door and a gap in the character list, and through the door to carve out their own place in the story were two new lovely bookclubbers, Becks and Sonya. I think both were a bit apprehensive at first!, but after bookclub Day One it was like they had always been there – welcome ladies!
As far as reading lists go, we’ve opted to theme again this year. Sophia is focussing on Trans Tasman Authors, Jo has gone with Edith Wharton, Rachel favours The Philosophical Novel, Becks is going with Big Names In Literature and Sonya has chosen Non-Fiction, and so the reading schedule looks like this:
Sydney Bridge Upside Down – David Ballentyne
The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde
Ethan Frome – Edith Wharton
The Happiness Project – Gretchen Rubin
The Train – George Simenon
The Harp In The South – Ruth Park
Sophie’s World – Jostein Gaarder
The Age Of Innocence – Edith Wharton
The Colour of Water – James McBride
Go Set A Watchman – Harper Lee
The Buried Giant – Kazuo Ishiguro