Friday morning with the Book Group

I had a great morning – and it wasn’t a visit to the allotment!  In fact this has absolutely nothing to do with my passion for growing my own vegetables.

Today was our regular monthly meeting of the book group at New Farm library. We meet at 10am on the first Friday of every month and discuss our book of the month.  These are always lively meetings and everyone has the opportunity to give us their (honest!) opinion of the book we have been reading. Usually Tatiana at the library orders the books in for us. However, if we decide to read a more obscure book we purchase those ourselves, but they are not expensive.

The decision about which book to read is made within the group, we all have the opportunity to choose. It is an interesting way to discover new authors as we have such diverse tastes.  You may love the chosen book, or you may struggle through it.  That is obviously where the lively discussions come in … “I couldn’t stand the hero!” …. or what is more likely “I must read more by this author”.

Today it was “Paris Without End” by Gioia Diliberto which tells about the time that Ernest Hemmingway lived in Paris with his first wife Hedley. This has opened up a whole new interest for me in what was going on in Paris in the 1920’s and all the amazing writers who lived there at the time.

After the meeting we adjourned to the Moray Cafe our local coffee shop. A decadent way to spend a Friday morning.

Advertisements

5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. lightlycrunchy
    Jun 02, 2012 @ 09:50:53

    My mother in law’s book club read something recently about one of Hemmingway’s wives too – I think it was called The Paris Wife – wonder if they published the same book under two different names?

    Reply

    • Allotment adventures with Jean
      Jun 02, 2012 @ 10:11:42

      “The Paris Wife” deals with the same subject – the years that Hemmingway spent in Paris with his first wife Hedley – but it is written by a different author.
      I am now very interested in those exciting years in Paris and have ordered my own copy of “The Paris Wife”. It will be interesting to compare the two books.

      Reply

  2. narf77
    Jun 02, 2012 @ 15:13:50

    I reacon I am going to have to join a book club to narrow down my crazy reading habits! I am in the process of working my way through Mary Anne Schaffers list of “Favourite books”. I discovered Louis de Bernières and imagined him tall, dark and “interesting” but on falling in love with his literary weavings and looking into him further (Google allows NO privacy or mystery any more 😉 ) found out that he was more like a U.K. version of James Morrison than Sacha Baron Cohen…sigh…oh well…he writes like a gypsy! That brings me to my second list…after I finish off Mary Anne Schaffers list that is…I hope I live long enough because I keep revisiting books like “My Side of the Mountain” (from my childhood and still good) and “Tuesdays with Morrie” (everyone needs moments like that!) and like most other things in my life my book list keeps getting shoved back into the “to do” pile (along with the mounting posts in my rss feed reader and my studies!). Thanks for sharing your love of books with us and for giving me a great idea…”To the bookmobile batman!”…

    Reply

    • Allotment adventures with Jean
      Jun 03, 2012 @ 07:41:44

      Thank you for your comment. I am always looking for new authors and recommendations. Definitely going to read “Tuesdays with Morrie” again.

      Reply

      • narf77
        Jun 03, 2012 @ 14:30:46

        I was thinking about books that had profoundly affected me and that was right up there. Glad to be of assistance ;). I am thinking about joining an online book club thanks to your post. Cheers for that 🙂

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Jerry Coleby-Williams

Sustainable Gardening in our Continually Surprising Climate

The Power of Thrift

and other ramblings

Nourishing Traditions

The Blog that Challenges Policitally Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats

could do worse

adventures in London

Allotmentals Plot 103

Allotment, garden and daytrips

Pickle Me Too

Nourishing foods for the whole family (including pickles!)

myproductivebackyard

Sustainable Backyard Food Production

My Front Burner

making what matters

30 acres of sunshine

organic, sustainable and self-sufficient hobby farm in the making

Lottie Land Girl

Living the 'Good Life' the Brown way!

Throwback at Trapper Creek

An ongoing chronicle of meeting the expectations of the land...

Foodnstuff

Energy decline & self-sufficiency from Melbourne, Australia

horticultural 'obbit

'obbitry of the horticultural kind

Leisa Rayven

Passionate stories for lovers of words

Jerry Coleby-Williams

Sustainable Gardening in our Continually Surprising Climate

The Power of Thrift

and other ramblings

Nourishing Traditions

The Blog that Challenges Policitally Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats

could do worse

adventures in London

Allotmentals Plot 103

Allotment, garden and daytrips

Pickle Me Too

Nourishing foods for the whole family (including pickles!)

myproductivebackyard

Sustainable Backyard Food Production

My Front Burner

making what matters

30 acres of sunshine

organic, sustainable and self-sufficient hobby farm in the making

Lottie Land Girl

Living the 'Good Life' the Brown way!

Throwback at Trapper Creek

An ongoing chronicle of meeting the expectations of the land...

Foodnstuff

Energy decline & self-sufficiency from Melbourne, Australia

horticultural 'obbit

'obbitry of the horticultural kind

Leisa Rayven

Passionate stories for lovers of words

The Self Sufficient HomeAcre

One homemaker. One Acre. My quest for Self Sufficiency.

not just greenfingers

Mrs Thrift's Simple Living in the Modern Day......Kitchen Garden, Allotment, Baking And More...

quarteracrelifestyle

The "Good Life" on a quarter acre, frugal living

Gardener Jen

Trials, errors and joys of creating and maintaining my first garden.

Our Everyday Life in Pictures

Growing vegetables on one small allotment

Exercising Septuagenarian

Growing vegetables on one small allotment

Tootlepedal's Blog

A look at life in the borders

frugalfeeding | Low Budget Family Recipes, UK Food Blog

n. frugality; the quality of being economical with money or food.

The Next Stage

Growing vegetables on one small allotment

The Greening of Gavin

Sustainable Living in the Suburbs

Down to Earth

Growing vegetables on one small allotment

%d bloggers like this: