I miss my old book club. A lot.
I miss discussing books with a group of like-minded, or at least fellow-minded bookish folk.
Each month we used to discuss our shared book, but we always left time at the end to chat about the other books we were reading too.
I do now get to discuss books at work (actually we discuss books at work all the time!) but it’s usually on the fly. Quick comparisons or updates to let each other know what we like or don’t like or who this particular book might work for (customer wise).
But it’s not as satisfying as a bookclub style good old book natter (with a glass of fine wine in hand). These bookish chats could go anywhere.
They could end up as book-movie comparisons, history discussions, author news (okay gossip!), character assassinations, what made a book a classic, or not.
This kind of bookclub chat may or may not work on a blog, but I thought it was worth a shot to recapture the old bookclub love.
I’ll include a linky below. If you’d like to join in with what you’re reading right now, then I’d love to chat about it with you…in Brona’s Salon.
What are your currently reading?
How did you find out about this book?
Why are you reading it now?
I feel like I’m in the middle of summer in France!
Which character do you relate to so far?
She’s not quite child; not quite adult at 13 years of age.
She struggles to find her sense of belonging.
She has lots of big ideas about how one should be when one travels.
She is a lovely mix of insecurity, strong opinions and insightful comments.
Are you happy to continue?
Where do you think the story will go?
I suspect, though, that it will mostly be a messy flirtation with complicated consequences.
I believe there was a movie made too.
Have you read or watched The Greengage Summer?
What are your memories of it?
Should I try to find the movie?
Apparently The Greengage Summer was loosely based on a real summer holiday that Godden had with her family as a teenager.
According to Wikipedia, a salon is
a gathering of people under the roof of an inspiring host, held partly to amuse one another and partly to refine the taste and increase the knowledge of the participants through conversation.
I’m willing to be your ‘inspiring’ host, if you’re willing to be amusing and refined!