Anyone interested in an online LSB book club?

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14 years 9 months ago #974 by reggit
I've been reading some interesting LSB/foodie/sustainable gardening books recently that I have no-one to discuss them with, anyone interested in a book club on here where we pick a book and perhaps a month later start a thread on it once those who want to have had a chance to read it? :D

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14 years 9 months ago #53434 by maggies mum
Replied by maggies mum on topic Anyone interested in an online LSB book club?
Be a good thing to discuss at the next coffee morning maybe, it's a start!

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14 years 9 months ago #53436 by OakhengeFarm
Sounds good, but you'd have to pick books we have access to - lots of the books I read are really old, especially the ones I picked up yesterday at the big 24hr bok sale.

How about the ones on the new bookshop page? Or maybe put them on the bookshop page and then discuss them? (Sorry, I'm not currently interested in the sheep books on offer.) Perhaps our web godess could put up a link to Amazon or somehere? Then she'd get a cut on the books we buy? Kate?

11 acres (4 in QEII Covenanted native bush), 15 sheep, 2 beefies, large vege gardens and a goat, and still no dog!:(

Oh, and uncountable wild birds - including fantails, swallows, yellowhammers, morepork, magpies, hawks, pukekos, and even quaill, pheasants and rainbow lorikeets [:D][:D] Not to mention possums, hares, rabbits, rats...

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14 years 9 months ago #53491 by Gracelands
I recently got suckered into joining the Doubleday bookclub again, after years of resisting. They put a supplement in last months NZ Gardener, with LOADS of amazing big plant bibles. so I got $300 worth of gardening books for under $25, which is fantastic.

But now I have to buy 6 books over the next year, and their prices are high, and the selection is rubbish to say the least. I thought it was a gardening-books-only club, but its actually "Inspirations", and the catalogue is full of things like 'Handy Paper Crafts' and 'Beaded Christmas Decorations' :(which inspire me to do nothing so much as throw the d*** thing in the fire!

So if you select a book that's in the next Doubleday catalogue, I'm happy to contribute!

Actually, now I think of it, I have ahh, one or two (or ten) gardening /organic/permaculture/lifestyle farming type books already, [:I] so might be able to contribute without buying anything

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14 years 9 months ago #53510 by The Kats Place
Great plan. Could even use an artical out of one of the monthly mags to get started - most of us read one or the other of those.

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14 years 9 months ago #53511 by HarryPotter
I'd be in.

Sharing the pad with Harry the Australian Terrorist, Penny the Bearded Collie, Bev the Schnauzer/beardie and her daughters Nellie and Charlotte. (Dad was a Hungarian Vizsla) + lots of chooks. [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]

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14 years 9 months ago #53512 by kate
We used to have a book club forum but it wasn't used very much so it was amalgamated into this OT forum. I'm very happy to start it up again and help in any way I can....I'll look at the Amazon link too.

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14 years 9 months ago #53794 by Ghilly
I love books but I don't read that many 'text books' I have two or three books on goats, three on parrots and two on turtles, I also have some gardening books and a couple on finches and canaries.
I have Trisha Fisks book, it's the first book we got when we moved here.

I'm on a Rita Mae Brown binge at the moment. Read 5 and onto my sixth... I only have one left to read after that so I'm on the prowl for more. I got all of them off TM for very little but I'm really enjoying them. Mostly based around Fox Hunting or they have a thread of fox hunting through them (they don't kill the fox, in fact they look after them, feeding out when their natural food supplies might be short or in winter when getting about is hard. ) See? I'm addicted. She's funny.

The first ones I got were 'Six of One' and the sequel 'Bingo' (no fox hunting at all) Just have you rolling about laughing. Set in a town with the Mason Dixon line running right through the middle of the town square. Hilarious.

Anyways, We were going to the book club in Tuakau but we both found it an expensive business if you had to buy the book. The library over the road being smallish. If they had the book, you had to get in quick or wait until it had been returned, then we'd both have a very short time left to read it. Some I just couldn't get into at all and after a while, was well behind on the reading list so it didn't seem worth it to go along, seeing as I either hadn't read it or was halfway though it.
Having a bookclub on the forum though, well because you don't actually have to get up and go somewhere and can 'tune in' at any point, will probably work better. Cheers Tigger!!

I think the main 'annoyance' is there are some really good books out there but as someone has already pointed out, old and possibly out of print, which is a shame, especially if you want to read it or have it and know there's little chance of finding another copy. TM is a good source of out of print books but it's a bit of a lotto to find them.

Yakut

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14 years 9 months ago #53803 by reggit
I sort of envisaged it as someone saying hey, I've found this really cool book, it's called...and it's about...if anyone else is interested, I'll start a thread in a months time to discuss it.

As opposed to a face to face bookclub, this one you'd only get the book/read the book/take part if you were interested in that particular book/topic...

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14 years 9 months ago #53810 by RKH
I'd be interested too.

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14 years 9 months ago #53813 by reggit
Okay, I am just going to throw it open on a book that has been around for about a year, is available in paperback now and should be in libraries :D- will start a new thread.

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14 years 9 months ago #53814 by Ghilly
Sounds good Tigger. Gives people a chance to decide if they will find the book beneficial to their interests before they rush out and buy it.
One of the books chosen at the book club was 'Gilbert Mair, Te Kooti's nemesis' A lot of people liked it but for me it was like wading through cold molasses.
I couldn't get past the first chapter of a Janet Frame book. Left my head spinning.

Would the book club be discussing all types of books or more of the 'non fiction' variety? (Just so I don't start off on a babble about a novel or something [:I];) )

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14 years 9 months ago #53818 by reggit
Hey, anyone can start a thread on whatever book they want! A pick and mix seems to be a good idea to me :D that way everyone's tastes are catered for.

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14 years 9 months ago #53820 by RKH
Tigger, (slightly OT) we were talking about The End of Suburbia the other day, did you decide whether to buy a copy or not? I've found one on-line (but at $50 has put me off buying it). Will have a look at our local store to see if I can rent it instead. Also, what was the title of the other DVD you mentioned, I can't even remember what thread it was on now. There is a pen and paper next to my computer for good reason.......just have to use them!

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14 years 9 months ago #53822 by reggit
$50 [:0] will hunt down the other thread with the link to (I think) redeye films, it was only $34.95 from them. Yes, I think I will get it BUT I have also run out of books and have seen one I want so that might have to take priority or I'll go right round the twist with nothing to read! Will email you that link and info :D

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