Sunday, February 19, 2012

Sunday Salon: A bookish day!

Pull up a chair and let me tell you about my Sunday (or at least bits of it anyway). It has been a bit varied, but also very bookish! I apologise in advance because this post is going to be a bit all over the place really!

I went to a second hand book store today and a new book store and a cafe. The best part of that is that it is all rolled up into one handy location - BookTalk cafe in Richmond.

I don't actually spend a lot of times in second hand bookstores. There are several reasons for this. One is that there aren't that many near me, and another reason is that given the high cost of new books here, the cost for used books are also quite high. The major reason though is that I just don't really like the idea of second hand books all that much. It is strange because I don't mind the fact that library books are read by goodness only knows how many people before I get it, but the idea of owning a book like that is different. Another factor is the idea that the book gets sold on but the author doesn't actually get anything out of it either.

The reason why I went to BookTalk today is that I got a deal where we got breakfast, plus a voucher plus a membership for a VERY reasonable price. The deal was for two, so it was a matter of working out who I was going to invite to come with me! In the end I used it as an opportunity to catch up with Lisa from ANZ Litlovers.

She's a book blogger so I can't show you Lisa's face on TV, but I did like her bag!


In the end, I found a book to buy - the Way the Crow Flies by Ann-Marie MacDonald, and I have to say if I do find myself down in Richmond feeling a bit peckish, I would definitely go back again!

I can however show you the breakfast!

Two trains trips later and I was at a meeting about an author convention that I am involved with. I will tell you more about that later!

My final thing for today was to go and see the movie adaptation of One for the Money with a couple of friends including Bree from All the Books I Can Read.

Whilst I am still not convinced on the casting of some of the characters, it actually wasn't as terrible as I had been led to believe. I laughed quite a few times which is a good thing seeing as it is a comedy. It was interesting to note that the trailers that we saw were all book based - Extremely Loud and Incredible Close, Salmon Fishing in Yemen (which actually looks pretty good) and the next Nicholas Sparks adaptation - The Lucky One. While I am not a big fan of his movies, I was left wondering when exactly did Zac Efron grow up!

Next weekend, I have book club on Friday night, a meeting on Saturday and then a meet up on Sunday morning! Another bookish weekend coming up!

Currently Reading

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Up Next

The Countess Above Stairs by Eva Ibbotson and Bride by Mistake by Anne Gracie (both for my romance book club on Friday night)

24 comments:

  1. That's a very hearty breakfast! A good one to read a book over.

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    1. Good job I hadn't eaten for a while Harvee! Couldn't eat that every day but every now and again is okay!

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  2. Book Talk sounds wonderful! Sounds like a great day!

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    1. I was glad to discover it Sheila. I hope to go back at some point.

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  3. The Way the Crow Flies is a novel in my 'Best Reads Hall of Fame.' It's not always an easy read in terms of subject matter, but I loved the involvement and the use of language.

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  4. What a great week. Lots of book friends and a lovely breakfast!

    Here's my Sunday Salon.

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    1. And another similar weekend lined up next weekend! Life's good Deb!

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    1. It's pretty nice isn't it Melissa!

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  6. Old books + new books + a cafe seems to be an interesting place to relax and unwind. Glad you made day out of it!

    Cheers!
    Maria
    www.blog.rotyo.com

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    1. Maria, I can definitely see myself going back there again.

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  7. Sounds like a lot of fun! I hope you're enjoying Ready Player One - I loved it. :)

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    1. Carrie, I am liking it, but it is taking me a bit longer to read than I would have expected.

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  8. What a lovely bookish weekend. Thanks for sharing and love that bag also.

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    1. It's always good to have a bookish weekend Jenny Girl1

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  9. I've never lived anywhere where a bookstore and cafe have been combined but my 'dream' bookstore would be similar. Lisa's bag is gorgeous and I am intrigued by your secret project.
    What fun to be able to meet up with Bree as well. One for the Money has been panned a lot but I still want to see it. I think Sandra Bullock would have been a perfect Stephanie Plum - even though she is a little old for the role.

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    1. Shelleyrae, yes, I could always see Sandra Bullock in the role. Alas, it took too long to make! Never mind.

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  10. I got all excited until of course I remembered you are in Melbourne.

    *le sigh*

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    1. When you come to visit Melbourne we could meet up there Sean!

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