The time has come to announce the June – July selection for the Garden Bloggers’ Book Club.
It’s summer-time, the grape vines are going wild, and the livin’ ought to be easy, so I chose something a bit more light-hearted, a book and topic that we can hopefully just enjoy and not think too much about.
Want a hint?
Look at your hands. Do you have calluses on your palms, a few scrapes and scratches on your fingers, and dirt under your finger nails? No matter how much you scrub your hands, do you find that they still don’t look quite clean? When you are with people who don’t garden, do you find yourself attempting to hide your dirty hands or do you display them proudly because after all, you are a gardener, and dirty hands is just part of being a gardener.
Yes, you are correct if you guessed that the June-July selection is People with Dirty Hands: The Passion for Gardening by Robin Chotzinoff.
One quote from the back cover of the paperback edition sums up nicely what this book is about. “A lively homage to the passion of gardening” with “a delightful gallery of men and women devoted to the promise of the earth.” – People
To participate in the book club, just read the book and then write a post about your thoughts on the book, or what struck you as funny, what parts you identified with, or anything else related that you think of.
As always, there are other ways to participate in the book club.
Keeping with the theme of gardeners who have a passion for gardening, you can read one of these books about specific passions for gardening instead of the main selection and write a related post.
Otherwise Normal People: Inside the Thorny World of Competitive Rose Gardening by Aurelia Scott
Orchid Fever: A Horticultural Tale of Love, Lust, and Lunacy by Eric Hansen
Backyard Giants: The Passionate, Heartbreaking, and Glorious Quest to Grow the Biggest Pumpkin Ever by Susan Warren
Or read all four books! Just kidding on that, though if you were one of those kids who joined the library reading club every summer of your kid-hood and read all the books in the first week, you might have to the fight the urge to read all four books!
Still not sure if you have time participate in the book club this summer? There is one other option that doesn’t even involve reading a book!
Yes, you can still participate in the book club without ever reading a book by writing a post about someone you think has a passion for gardening, maybe someone you look up to and admire for their passion for gardening, or a gardener who helped you be a better gardener or a mysterious gardener that you haven’t really met, but you’ve seen their garden and wonder what they are like.
If you’ve been thinking about joining in the Garden Bloggers’ Book Club, this is the perfect time to do so, with so many ways to do it.
So what are you waiting for? Get one of these books or start writing your post about a passionate gardener you know. You have all of June and July to write a post and publish it on your blog, or if you don’t want to wait until the last minute, you can post tomorrow and get the ball rolling.
Just let me know when you have posted, and I’ll pick up a link to your post to include in the virtual meeting post to be published on July 31st.
Questions, comments, or suggestions? Leave a comment or send me an email.
All are welcome to participate!