Wow, everyone! What a great week it’s been. The contributions, both in their enthusiasm, number, and variety, have far exceeded everything Karen and I were hoping for.
I’ve been collecting all the reviews on my announcement post, do go and explore them fully; there is much food for thought. Reviews were still coming in late on Sunday, including one from Our Vicar’s Wife of a Stella Gibbons novel, for those who look out for her bookish thoughts.
Do let me know if I’ve missed your review, of course. Between us we covered an astonishing 52 books this week, with quite a few of those getting more than one perspective. It was great to get (alongside literary fiction) children’s books, crime, spy, sci-fi, literary non-fiction, political non-fiction, and more. From big names to people I’d never heard of, this gives such a great overview of the year.
What have we learned about 1938? I think my main takeaway was how the spectre of war didn’t seem all that present in the bulk of what we read – there was plenty of humour, reflection, family drama, murder (!), but less focused on the dramas in Europe than I might have imagined.
Thank you so, so much for participating. There are many books I want to read now – didn’t 1938 turn out to be a stellar year for books? – and I feel as though I understand 1924 and 1938 much better than I did a year ago. And… where’s next?
Karen and I wanted to keep the momentum going by announcing the next Club year today. In October, we warmly invite you to the 1947 Club. We shan’t keep jumping a decade every time, but it was irresistible to see how things have changed soon after the war. And it felt time for an odd number.
Obviously we’ll remind you closer to the time, and there’ll be another badge, but I’m excited already. Roll on 1947!