September book group

What? Book group night again already! Time does not seem to have flowed with a rhythmic ripple through the intervening hours and minutes, but has hurtled through this short epoch of space. Little pieces of ‘self’ seem to have come adrift as this trajectory created bumps and collisions with objects and forces along the pathContinue reading “September book group”

August book group

The air is palpable with words. It is book group night and the participants of B.A.B.E.S are in good form. We’re meeting for the first time at the newly renovated home of one of our members. It’s cold out. A toasty fire is beckoning us to gather around the radiant timbers. The ‘bubbles’ are chilledContinue reading “August book group”

Dark, dark, dark

Those of you who have read my earlier blogs will know that over the past dozen years, it has been my privilege to have shared in two separate book groups – both quite different in their membership and dynamics. At the last gathering of my current B.A.B.E.S (Bubbles And Books Every Session) group, the conversationContinue reading “Dark, dark, dark”

Book versus movie, round 1

‘In the beginning was the word’…and the word was good. We savour it, we roll it around in our minds and often on our tongues as we seek to squeeze every trickle of literary goodness from our favorite books. When we read a book we create our own perfect ‘internal movie’ version of the characters,Continue reading “Book versus movie, round 1”

Subterfuge, books that sneak under the radar

How do we come to read books that we ordinarily would try to avoid?  Simple. Book groups. As shared yesterday, my avoidance of literature that uses war as the setting or background started many years ago. Over the past couple of years though, four books in particular have crossed ‘no-man’s land’ and entered my sphereContinue reading “Subterfuge, books that sneak under the radar”

I refuse to engage with this subject again

I made a conscious decision in the early 1980s not to actively seek out literature or movies, or any material for that matter, that dealt with war. By about 1983, my tender soul screamed that I had engaged ENOUGH with this subject through various media: Schindler’s List (Ark as book was originally published in Australia)Continue reading “I refuse to engage with this subject again”

Books that make you LOL

When was the last time that you couldn’t stop yourself from laughing out loud as you were reading a book? Come on, never! I can’t believe it. Where would we be without side-splitting humour? Stating the obvious, in a sad, sad space. It’s refreshing to ‘poke fun’ at ourselves, to take the seriousness out ofContinue reading “Books that make you LOL”

Book groups

Over the last decade or so, I’ve been a member of two book groups. The first, where I was the youngest participant of a collection of wise souls with a pointy end of members well past their 8th decade of gathering life knowledge and experiences. It was a privilege to sit with all these ladies,Continue reading “Book groups”