One of the members of the group, Anne Gold, shares her views about this group:
I have really enjoyed the 2020 Evening Book Group. We managed to meet up in each other’s houses for the first three months of the year. After that we met virtually via Zoom with our very competent leader Tina Stanton organising us. Each month one person choses a book and brings it back to the group and then we discuss our likes and dislikes. It is interesting how people’s opinions vary.
Tina asked us to vote for which book we thought was the best of the year. The first book of the year by Delia Owens Where the Crawdads Sing won the vote. At our last meeting before covid-19 restrictions we discussed Educated by Tara Westover and managed to see a video performance by the author being interviewed; this was really interesting.
We are ten in the group and generally manage to have nine of us attending. This number seems to be right, everyone gets a chance to express the way they feel about what they read. For me I love to know that there will be a book chosen for me each month to read. Some I just cannot put down, and have to make notes to bring to the group. I also try and read other books which I hope will at a later date be my choice for the group.
It was very interesting that our December book, The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes, caused a lot of controversy as she may have taken her ideas from another writer on the same subject.
I look forward to the books in 2021 and hope it will not be too long before we can meet in each other’s homes.