Sunday, 7 December 2008

Book Clubbed

I should have mentioned this a while ago when I discovered it.

But if you pop over here, there is a Garden Book Club.

Undoubtedly of interest to all garden book lovers, but possibly more so to the Stateside bloggers as it would be easier for them to take part.

It seems to have gone to sleep, but will I guess spark back into life now winter is almost upon us.

If I had anything about me I would have started a UK oriented Garden Book Club.

That said, my experience of book clubs is that they involve a vociferous argument over what books to chose, a prolonged period of silence, followed by a round of mild-bulling dirceted at those members who have signed up and not actually read the book yet.

Or in some instances even remembered what it was, much less bought it.

I bet they do these things properly in the States.


patientgardener said...

I have wondered about book clubs for a while. I suspect they rely on one person dictating what book everyone should read - in terms of gardening books I think this could get very expensive unless you have a very good library. I have only encountered one book club so far (non-gardening) and when I started to discuss the book they were reading with the chair (having studied it endlessly for my degree) I was instantly dismissed - I sensed the chair didnt really want anyone else's views and used the club to lord it over people - very sad indeed.

VP said...

I think it might have been wound up. I bought a copy of Michael Pollan's Botany of Desire one in order to participate the month he was featured, but haven't read it yet.

Most of the other books/authors weren't readily available here in the UK, but they did select 'Dear Friend and Gardener' just before I found out about it.

I suspect I wasn't the only one who thought it was a good idea, but didn't really participate, might have been different if you'd been poking the sharp stick GM! ;)