Review of 2018 Evening Reading Group
The group started in January 2018 and since then we have had lively discussions about the following books.
We kicked off with Anne Tyler The Accidental Tourist. Anne Tyler is an American author who has written numerous novels, this being one of her earliest.
Robert Seethaler A Whole Life and Surfacing by Margaret Atwood generated interesting discussions around book covers and their designs. The Robert Seethaler was surprising and some of the group changed their initial reaction to the novel after hearing the views of others.
His Bloody Project a novel by Graeme Macrae Burnet provided an interesting historical interlude and debates around motive and consequences. An Artist of the Floating World by Kazuo Ishiguro was discussed in February.
A complete change was Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe the 1980’s novel about Wall Street and political corruption. I should admit that the group agreed to choose a “big” book with lots of pages to read in July and August so the criteria selection for our summer read is based on the width of the book hence the Tom Wolfe. C.J Samson Dissolution the first of his novels about Lawyer Shardlake provided our discussion for September. Many of the group were already fans and, me included are now re-reading these novels. We concluded the year with a non fiction choice Adam Kay This is Going to Hurt a witty account of life in the NHS by this former doctor.
The reading choices for January and February have been made and as the year progresses the group will decide what to read next. In February we will be reading our first classic The Turn of the Screw by Henry James.
I would recommend this link to Fantastic Fiction as a marvellous resource particularly if like me you prefer to read sequels in order.
It would be nice to see some new members so please join us in January.