Butterfly Child Book Clubl

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Hi Guys! Really quick blog post – I was trying to get it completed and posted the other day but I had a minor issue and had to rush to A&E. Monkey swallowed a button, and although I thought he would be fine to just wait for it to pass, he said his throat and chest hurt so I thought it was best to get him checked! He was desperate for an Xray but it was a plastic button, you probably wouldn’t have been able to see it, but it didn’t stop him asking for one. He’s absolutely fine now, but children can really make you go fro being a little annoyed to worried to blissfully happy all within the blink of two seconds.

Anywho, onto other matters – so I’ve always loved to read for as long as I can remember. My mum loves to read, my brother and sister have always loved to read and now my children are growing up with my shared passion for reading which is wonderful. But what I have always wanted, is to join a book club but in an area you don’t have much choice to choose from, the Library runs one but its in the middle of the day, when I work and it wouldn’t work for me. Secondly, there are some ran by likeminded people, but trying to get lots of grown ups (especially parents) in the same room at the same time, is near on impossible. So my brilliant brain wave – use the internet. I have a love/hate relationship with the internet/social media etc, but I can always see its positives.

I have recently set up my own facebook page – yes I am moving on up in the blogging world! I like it and I have added a group – Butterfly Child Book club. A place where everyone can talk about books/reading and discuss and share with the freedom of knowing that you can join in as and when you want, you can comment whenever and will get a reply at some point but we don’t all need to be in a room together to enjoy a good story together and discuss it. The internet is a wonderful place, where we can have a bit of freedom and time to do what we want. I am hoping to encourage more people to read and get more people to share ideas/discussions about books they are reading/ have read or wanted to read. Its only a small group for now, and I am looking for new members but I want to keep it simple and sweet and a bit like a family or a group of friends. A place where everyone can feel at home and read when/what they want, comment when you want to, join in as and when and not even feel the need to join in if they don’t want to. Just using it for inspiration for your next book is fine by me.

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As I have just started my club, I have picked the first book – The Outsiders by S.E Hinton. It was a book I read as a teenager and I have always regarded it as one of my favourites, but it sometimes get a bad rap as its quite often a book picked by schools, as its part of the curriculum and often people don’t enjoy something, if they are being forced to take part in it. In this case, reading a book! I wasn’t made to read it, and even if i was; I loved Animal Farm and that was our set book, but I know some people don’t enjoy a book if they are made to read it. However, I have this very romanticised version of the book stored in my head from reading it as a teen, so I really wanted to read it as a grown up and see if I still enjoyed it.

Which brings us to where we are, I have given out some library copies to some friends, and I have loaned my own second copy to my sister (who did read it in school but is going to revisit it too). As a lot of my members are mums /working mums /full time workers – who don’t necessarily have a lot of spare time, even though it is only a short read -lets take the whole of June to read it, and we can start discussion after a couple of weeks, so hopefully avoiding spoilers for anyone still catching up.

If book clubs might be your thing – please find it on facebook or drop me an email at: butterfly.child99@gmail.com and I will keep you updated with books/discussions/polls we are running and sign you up to the online butterfly child book club. If you know anyone you think would like this – sharing is caring! 🙂

I hope to hear from you soon! We will be starting to pick our next book soon!

Are you enjoying my blog? I would love to hear from some of my readers – I am still fairly new to blogging and my aim is to have a bit of a connection with my readers! ☺️

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One comment

  1. I too read heaps although as an old fogey, my tastes I think are maybe somewhat different from yours. I have a Kindle e-reader which is very convenient , a small tablet, it can hold hundreds of books although I do miss the feel of a ‘real’ book. I also have the Kindle app on my phone so if I were to suddenly find myself in, say, hospital, I have something to help pass the time. I still prefer a proper book however convenient the Kindle may be. But then, anything is better than nothing.

    Right now I’m reading all of Dick Francis’ books, all to do in one way or another with horse racing. Another favourite is Patrick O’Brian’s ‘Jack Aubrey’ books, all 20 of them, about the Royal Navy in the 18th century. There is Agatha Christie (Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot) over 200 murder mysteries and Dorothy Sayers who wrote about Lord Peter Wimsey, a very ‘upper crust’ detective, they were all in the 1920s and ’30s. Of course there are lots of other authors, I would bore you to tears if I listed them all here,.If you are interested in history, how about Sharon Penman’s “When Christ and His Saints Slept.’. It fleshes out the history of the first English Civil War between King Stephen and the Empress Matilda in the 1100s, it is a very exciting story, real history and alongside that, the Brother Cadfael murder mysteries also set at the same time, in and around Shrewsbury.

    Looking back a lifetime, I can’t ever remember learning to read, I know I could read before I started school when I was five. THey were different books in those days, everyone knows (I think) about Enid Blyton and her Famous Five and Secret Seven books. There was also Richmal Crompton’s ‘Just William’ stories about the adventures of an 11 year old boy. One series I can really recommend is ‘Swallows and Amazons’. by Arthur Ransome. Published in 1930 it is the adventures of children in the English Lake District in 1929. Very loosely set in and around WIndermere although the lake is in many ways ,more like Coniston. Other stories in the series are set in the Norfolk Broads and the Naze in Suffolk. Wonderful stories, I still enjoy them. And then there were the Classics -‘ Desert Island’, ‘Robinson Crusoe’ and the adventure story to end all adventure stories, ‘Treasure Island’ by Robert Louis Stevenson. Pirates, buried treasure, castaways, mutinies, you would hardly believe it was written nearly 140 years ago! It is a timeless story, as exciting today as when it was first written.

    And, talking about ‘Time’, more up to date is a series of mostly fairly short stories by the science fiction writer, Poul Anderson in the 1950s about the edventures of Manse Everard in the Time Patrol .

    Once I get started, when do I stop? Perhaps now!

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