Today was a much better day - I'm back in the work groove, no plans tonight and the weekend is nearly upon us. Joy!here). Every time I've worn it, I've done a turquoise bottom (pedal pushers and a turquoise dress last July). This is close to a copy of the first time I wore it back in September 2011 when I first thrifted it.
I had a fun (to me) moment this morning when one of my co-workers asked me if I'd thrifted this - she actually bought this new for around $80, and was shocked when I told her how much I'd paid. Yeah, $3.00 is pretty good.
here (2nd outfit) with orange, red and denim.
here with my "office punk" look (with these same shoes). Time to toss it in the wash - the lining is hanging out the front.
here with floofy layers under a Smoking Lily dress.
Sweater (Le Chateau, thrifted), top (Mossimo, consignment), skirt (Cabri, thrifted), shoes (Darjeeling Teapots, Fluevog, second-hand), necklace/cuff (thrifted), earrings (Oscar & Libby's), Fulvia ring (Wendy Brandes).
So, Terri asked me the other day, "What kind of books does your book club like to read?"
Most book clubs decide on a book by consensus ahead of time. Everyone goes and gets the book, then you meet up and discuss it. Right? Everyone familiar with this?
My book club used to do that. But we had issues with people not getting the book, or not being able to find it, or just not bothering. We also ended up reading a lot of "Oprah"-type books, you know that kind, always kind of the same. I didn't have a lot of enthusiasm for those (although some were pretty good), as my tastes in reading run to horror, science fiction and fantasy. Sorry, raised on Bradbury, Asimov and Heinlein, with a good dollop of King.
The last straw for me was when "we" picked "The DaVinci Code." It was only out in hard copy, the library's copies were all spoken for, and I was out of work. That damned book cost $39.99! I couldn't afford it, and ended up borrowing a copy (which is fine, but still) - and then I HATED it. Ugh, what an awful book.
The gears started turning. How could I make book club more exciting, get more of us actually reading the book, and cut back on the homogeneity of our choices? And then I had an idea.
At the next book club, I showed up with a bag. And as I introduced my idea, I pulled 6 copies of the same book (Somerset Maugham's "The Moon and Sixpence"); all second-hand, all different editions, all paperback, and none costing more than $6.00.
Here it is: When it's your turn to pick, it's your choice. Entirely your choice. Buy 6 books (we now buy enough for everyone, which is 8, including ourselves) on your dime. Bring them to book club and distribute them. Because we have 8 people picking, and we have book club about every 6-7 weeks, you only have to buy once a year. The rest of the time, you get free books!
We have tried all kinds of different books, from historical erotica ("Fanny Hill") to trashy beach reads (Janice Dickenson's "No Lifeguard on Duty"), from graphic novels ("V for Vendetta") to science fiction ("Fahrenheit 451"). Some have been flops (I still get teased about Chuck Palahniuk's "Snuff") and some have been difficult (Salman Rushdie's "Midnight's Children"), but it's been such an amazing variety!
The odd time one of us has already read the book - but that isn't an issue, since it was often years before, and it gives us a chance to discuss the book critically. We keep a "picker list" so that we know whose turn it is, and it's exciting to start thinking about what we plan to share with the group. It can be a little nerve-wracking, but whenever it's my turn, I'm so jazzed to share my pick with everyone. Our last pick was Yvonne's "The Sisters Brothers" by Patrick deWitt (a great book), and we'll be meeting tomorrow night to have wine, yummy food and some fun discussion about it.
I am the next picker, and I spent Monday going all over town looking for copies of my pick - I only found 5 (not counting my own copy...yes, I'm picking a book I already own but haven't read in a very long time), so I had to order some online. They won't make it here in time, so I'll have to loan out my copy and hope one or two of the gals don't mind waiting a bit! Lack of planning on my part, oops.
I can't share the book, but the author is one that many people poo-poo as not literary and too popular. Heck, Dickens had those same criticisms, and look who we're still reading!
Anyway, I hope that explains my answer to Terri in the comments, "We read what we're given!"