Sunday Salon – Bookish Thoughts & Challenges

I have missed the last few Sunday Salon’s. Life has simply taken over and I find that I do not seem to have enough hours or energy in a day to achieve what I want to.

I sat a few weeks ago on the settee, with the dog watching the opening ceremony for the Olympics. I thought we did a fantastic job of presenting a great lead up to the games and I suddenly thought of a great idea for a book challenge based upon the Countries participating in the Olympics – all 204 of them. The challenge to be completed by the time of the Olympics in Rio in 2016. 204 books in 4 years. I can do it, do you want to join me? You can read the details of the challenge HERE.

Since I last wrote I have been contributing to the long admired blog, Historical Tapestry. The site has a nice new template and continues to be a great book and historical site.

I finally found a local book group, which meets every month at the library. Last month’s book was a challenge  – Slaughterhouse – Five by Kurt Vonnegut. Our current read, for discussion this week is The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham. Review will be up soon!

Meanwhile, I read and reviewed a great book, aimed at children, but I loved the mix of history and postcards. The book was Postcards from a War by Vaita Oelschilager, which had some great illustrations. It is a quick read and whilst aimed at children, it is well worth a read for all ages.

Anyway, that is it for this week. Hope to be back next week. Organisation allowing!

About Julie Goucher

Genealogist, Author, Presenter, native Guildfordian, Pharos Tutor, lover of Books & History, Surnames, European Ancestors, Butcher & Orlando One-Name Studies, avid note taker and journal writer.
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3 Responses to Sunday Salon – Bookish Thoughts & Challenges

  1. leeswammes says:

    Good idea for a challenge. I'm trying not to do anymore challenges at the moment, but I usually do give in.

    Your bookgroup knows what good writers are! Sounds great.


  2. Are you going to join me? Yes the Olympics were great.


  3. Sounds like a great challenge….my second son and his three teenagers went to the Olympics in London this year.



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