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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Starting up a Book Discussion Group

In another post, I mentioned joining a book discussion group, which has to be one of the best decisions I've made in a while. I am having so much fun meeting the other members and talking about books. It's adding a whole layer to reading that I haven't ever had before.

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And I'm inspired to kick off another discussion group (or two). One on sustainable living, much like the one I started back in Australia. And another on parenting. Although I'm not sure I really want to take on two at the same time. I have asked the adult program coordinator at the library about these topics and am still waiting to hear back.


But both of these topics are passions for me and to meet with like-minded folks, share ideas, and talk about books on the topics would be wonderful!


For the sustainable living, of course it would be driven by the members, focusing on topics the group is asking about and suggesting. But that's not to say I don't have ideas and books of my own to suggest. 


For the parenting group, I am taking inspiration for a discussion group from the book I just read by Brian Feiler, "The Secrets of Happy Families". The accompanying website seems to encourage group discussion. "How to Talk so Your Kids Will Listen, and Listen so Your Kids Will Talk", "Boundaries with Kids", and "Raising GEEKS (Genuine, Empowered, Enthusiastic Kids)" are all parenting books I've read recently that I'd love to share and discuss with other parents.

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I just got the go ahead from the library to start up a group and use their resources to spread the word! I am so excited! Now, I just have to choose the topic and a corresponding book for the first 6 months of discussion.

 What topics are you discussing?

Peace -- Ann

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