“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need”. ~Cicero
Would anyone like to join me in a garden bloggers’ winter book club? I’ve read recently that a lot of garden bloggers, at least in the Northern hemisphere, are concerned they will run out of topics to write about this winter since they are not actively gardening outside. I think reading and sharing your thoughts on gardening related books may help you stay out of that topic rut!
(Okay, at this point in time, I can either suggest a club and get input on how it would work, or I’ll just say “I’m starting a garden bloggers’ book club, want to join, here’s how it works.)
Pause for me to think it through.
Okay, I’m starting a garden bloggers’ book club, who wants to join? I may get no one to join or one or a bunch to join. But, isn’t that how clubs start? Maybe just a few come along and then they invite a few and it gets going from there.
Here’s how it will work…
Via a post on your own gardening related blog, nominate one or more or a lot of gardening books that you have read and want to recommend to others to read, or that you plan to read this winter, and then add a comment to this post so I can find your list. My only suggestions on the books are to choose books still in print, written in English, and that are readily available either at a library or through a bookstore. Oh, and the book must relate to gardening in some form or fashion.
I’ll go through the recommendations, and determine the most often suggested books and add a post on my blog in a few weeks about the books that the online book club will read, and in which month. We'll go with most frequently suggested books. So, don’t worry that your list of books must be original. It should just be your list, what you want to read or recommend to others to read.
We also need a few garden bloggers to volunteer to be the “host” for a particular month. The host of the month will need to post an entry about the book on their blog at the beginning of the month to remind people which book to read. Then, sometime that month, each garden bloggers’ book club member should write their own post with their thoughts on the book and send a comment to the host to let them know about it. At the end of the month, the host will put together a post on their blog with a summary of the main thoughts from everyone with links back to the blogs of those who contributed.
And on it will go until spring when we will all be busy in the garden again and there will be no time to read and reflect on gardening books. At that point, maybe the Southern hemisphere can take over?
Should be easy, right? No dues, just read some books, write up a post about what you read, leave a comment for the host, and the host summarizes it all at the end of the month. Then we all comment on the final summary. And just like a real book club, if you aren’t interested in a particular book or don’t read the book, that’s fine, you can still “attend” by reading all the book posts of others and adding your own comments.
Another suggestion… to keep track of which blog posts relate to the book club, start the title with “Garden Bloggers’ Book Club”. (I googled “Garden Bloggers’ Book Club and got no related hits, so I don’t think this club exists, but if I am tromping on someone else’s idea, let me know.)
In case it is confusing, I’ll host the first month and work out the logistical issues that might come up. I’ll also add some info on my sidebar for the Garden Bloggers’ Book Club related posts on my blog.
Here’s my list of books to start us off.
Mrs. Whaley and her Charleston Garden by Emily Whaley
The Old Farmer’s 2007 Almanac
Green Thoughts: A Writer in the Garden by Eleanor Perenyi
The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean
Teaming with Microbes: A Gardener’s Guide to the Soil Food Web by Jeff Lowenfels & Wayne Lewis
One Man’s Garden by Henry Mitchell
So, if you would like to participate, send a comment to this post to let me know you are “joining” and also indicate if you are want to host a future month. Then put a post on your blog with your list of books and send me a comment when your list is ready. We’ll read the first book in November.
“Why not go out on a limb? Isn't that where the fruit is?” ~Frank Scully