Category: Uncategorized

2019 – The Journey

Reading incites many pleasures, including the opportunity to experience something outside your own knowledge and comfort zone. It is journeying to understand the world. In 2019 it appears we have selected books that map unchartered topics: dystopian themes, satirical commentaries and plenty of US…

2018 – Setting the scene

Sometimes you put a book down late at night after a long reading session and you can still “see” it, see the landscape or the building or the room so clearly in your mind. And it’s then that you know the setting has received…

2017 – End Of Year Thoughts

Either the freerangers read a list of descriptive masterpieces this year or we have developed heightened senses for the understanding of people and places in fiction. Such was the enthusiasm with which we have analysed the make up of our reading this year.  Did…

2017 – Hot Genres

Genres are in accepted abundance these days. Gone are the days when crime, romance and fantasy were about all the classifications local librarians were willing to use. Today, not only are books cryptically catalogued, but classics are gaining new reclassifications too, as their historical significance becomes…

2016 – End Of Year Thoughts

2016 was New Zealand lit heavy for The FreeRange Bookclub. Not only did Kiwi novels litter the schedule, the NZ Book Awards re-emerged, inciting fresh excitement amongst book lovers about our home-grown talent. With our immersion into New Zealand books, we discovered there were…

2016 – The Back Story

It’s easy to become engrossed in the story, to be taken with the now and the potential and forget what has been; the moments that created the existence of now. And it’s easy for liteal best sellers and award-winning authors, it’s easy to look…

2015 – End Of Year Thoughts

There was a lot in the literary world to be excited about this year: Harper Lee’s much awaited sequel, Kazuo Ishiguro’s first novel in ten years, and Haruki Murakami making an appearance in New Zealand to name a few. But as the year progressed…