Do you enjoy reading? Do you belong to a Book Club? I'm a yes to both and have a way of us all being in one together too. Introducing A Box Of...Book Club.
In a quest to live creatively, kindly and more slowly, books and time out for reading have become increasingly important to me, not always achievable, sometimes a trashy mag is as good as it gets, but something to aim for anyway!! Being part of a Book Club also gives a sense of belonging to something that goes beyond the day to day, it provides an avenue for escapism, a reason to take some time out to be still and read and then to be part of a group that can discuss books (and share in virtual good food and wine) as well!.
(This is obviously not me! Image source)
Given the global age we live in I thought that it might be nice to start A Box Of... Book Club as a Facebook Group which you are all welcome to join and invite your friends from all over the world in too (in fact the more the merrier). For those who want to do a group read of a particular book there will be one recommended every 2 months with a discussion thread on Facebook at the end. Recommendations come from group chat.
The very first group read book (for June / July) has already been suggested by Gabby and is "Friend Request" by Laura Marshall. Apparently it's the number 1 thriller of the year.
If you want to buy it or read a review, try here* or whichever your preferred book shop / library is. The discussion thread will open up in the evening (Australian time) on Sunday 29th July in the ABO...Book Club Group on Facebook so plenty of time to get the book and attempt to read it. (If you are not on FB, don't worry, I will put a summary of the comments in another post here that you will be able to comment on afterwards).
There's no judgement here on people's reading preferences, time it takes to read or whether in fact you read anything at all. Discussions will be friendly & respectful even if we don't always agree on the opinion.
If you would prefer to be part of the Club for recommendations and a bit of chat about books (Netflix and Podcasts also included) you can do that too. We are an inclusive bunch.
I've compiled a printable "Book List # 1" for you with lots of suggestions that have come from members already in the group and plan to update it regularly with all your latest recommendations. Just click on the image below to print it off, my gift to you.
Any there that take your fancy? Any you have read? What did you think?
So, just before you go, while we are getting to know each other the other book clubs I've been in involve yummy food and wine not to mention fabulous company. Book discussion has usually been somewhat secondary and while in our online book club it may be the primary reason for chatting it would be remiss of me not to put some "book club" food suggestions out there too in case you were looking for ideas. This Baked Olive Oil & Lemon Zest Ricotta is delicious we tried it out in a book club once before and it went down a treat, plus was easy to make so winning on all fronts there!
On the wine front I'm part of the Vinomofo Wine Club* their wines have great looking labels, I'm easily pleased like that and it's delivered to my door! Given that this first Book Club discussion is happening in July you may like to go with a "Christmas in July" theme and sip on some Mulled Wine. Below is my favourite way to make it.
2 bottles red wine (any will do but I like to use a merlot and usually get a clean skin as you are heating it up anyway)
200g caster sugar
1/2 cup fresh orange juice
peel of one lemon
peel of one orange
peel of one mandarin
2 star anise
1 cinnamon stick
1 tsp fresh nutmeg
2 bay leaves
1 vanilla pod, halved or 1 tsp vanilla bean paste
Juice the orange and then peel it along with the lemon and mandarin.
Put the sugar in a large saucepan over a medium heat and add the peels and juice, stir around and then add the rest of the ingredients and about 3/4 C of the wine just to ensure the sugar is covered and then heat until the sugar has dissolved. Let it simmer for about 4 – 5 minutes until you have a nice sticky syrup. Don’t add the rest of the wine yet or you will burn off the alcohol and that is not part of the plan!
Once you have a thick sticky syrup turn the heat down to low and add the rest of the wine and allow it to heat up gently.
I really hope that you become a member of our Book Club Group and tell all your book lover friends about it too. I will also post updates on it in the A Box Of Newsletter if you want to sign up to that too (see the pop up or go down to the bottom of the page to click on "Newsletter") - it only comes out quarterly (unless there is something really exciting to share in between) so you won't be spammed.
Please let me know any feedback or suggestions as to how you would like this to work. I love hearing from you and as this is my first online "club" I've got lots to learn too!
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