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Many years ago I started a blog category i called Booktalks on a Sunday.
I think it is time to blow some life into it again.
For many years I wanted to start a reading group.
Last August I did. Now we are 9 friends and book addicts meeting every 6th or so week to discuss a book. So far we´ve read Linda Olsson´s Sonata for Miriam, Anne-Lise Marstrand-Jørgensen´s fictional biography of Hildegard von Bingen, Yann Martel´s Life of Pi, and for the next meeting we are reading Please Look After Mom by Shin Kyung-Sook.
Both the Booktalk on a Sunday posts with its many comments and book suggestions, and the reading group, are enriching my life.
I now have an idea, a suggestion for my blog readers.
Why not make a reading group online, in The House in the Wood´s Blue Studio?
Why not make every Sunday a day to share books? Talk about one book in particular, share favorites, listen to other readers, pick a book to read for next Sunday.
I do have a long list of books I would like to read together with you, different genres, different styles. After all, reading is a lot about broadening the mind.
I do have a long list of author´s I would love to invite to our events. And I am sure you have some you can invite as well.
To get us started, I am suggesting that we read The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce for next Sunday. It might be a too short notice for many of you to manage one book in a week, but let us try. And if it doesn´t work, the rules can be changed as we go. Like, we suggest a book to be discussed in two weeks. Then the Sunday in between can be for an open book discussion, or one of you can be a kind of guest blogger, presenting a favorite book, or we can find other book related themes for the in between Sundays. Or we can invite a writer to present his or her book.
It might also be a suggestion to set a date or a day for book suggestions to be in, then another day for voting. I don´t want to be the only one suggesting books. This is meant to be something we share.
It is Sunday morning here in The House in the Woods.
Deep, beautiful winter, and Terje and I plan to go cross country skiing.
As I am sitting here writing, the white world outside my Blue Studio window starts to sparkle, I look out and see that the east sky is burning pink, sending reflections out to the wintery world.
Promises of a wonderful days.
Three first photos are from my day outside Oslo on Friday.
Now I am eagerly waiting, crossing my fingers, to hear how you respond to my House in the Woods Blue Studio Reading Group ideas.
Are you in?
Do you have a book suggestion for our next read?
Do you want to host a book discussion?
Do you know an author we can invite?