Cool Butter and Book Groups

9 Aug

This is as important as that it keeps butter cool.
That’s what you’ll see if you go to Skint in the City’s facebook page right now. It’s not a coded message or stage one of instructions on how to make shortbread, it’s just Skint taking part in a Facebook promotion for National Book Week.

Usually Skint avoids these viral thingies  – except when they’re to do with books, because books are what Skint likes best.

The rules of the National Book Week challenge: Grab the closest book to you. Go to page 56. Copy the 5th sentence as your Facebook status but don’t mention the book. Then post these rules as part of your Facebook status. 

Carrie dresses down for a trip to the library

As if we’d planned it this way, Skint’s book group just happens to be gathering this Friday night. Book groups – the ultimate cheap night in. Good pals, a bottle or three and a big tome to talk about this time: Freedom by Jonathan Franzen, which I read ages ago and adored. Can’t wait to discuss it.

As great Friday nights go, does anything give you more bang for your buck than a book group? (Try saying that after a couple of glasses). Sure, trying new bars is fun but sometimes on a Friday night, especially if the week’s been a bitch, you just want to save your money and your make-up and kick back with pals instead.

In honour of National Book Week here are some bookish sites Skint loves:

bookgroup.info The independent site for book groups in the UK. If you’re looking to find a book group near you, this site’s brilliant.

openlibrary.org – Open Library has big plans – it aims to build a web page for every book ever published. More than a million free titles to download here too.

bookcrossing – if you love a book, set it free – that’s the bookcrossing philosophy. Read a book, finish it, then label it and set it off on a journey to who knows where. The label lets you follow its progress.   

Will you be trying the page 56 challenge? Go on, just for the hell of it, and post your sentence in the Leave a Comment box below to share with others.

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4 Responses to “Cool Butter and Book Groups”

  1. Kay August 10, 2011 at 9:03 pm #

    And in these lean times I will be bringing my skint in the city home made jammy dodgers (there’s not much a jammy dodger can’t solve or put right) to absorb all the wine and get the literary discussion going……

    • skintinthecity August 10, 2011 at 9:26 pm #

      Jammy dodgers are a terrific wine-absorber, Kay. we’ll be able to drink into the wee hours and not feel a twinge when Saturday comes round. Skint in the city jammy dodgers, eh? Is it just a big hole in the middle? xxx

    • Lauren Faye August 16, 2011 at 9:23 am #

      I think despite the current recession and pinch, luxury goods seem even more luxury when you save to buy them.. there’s no feling like it!

      • skintinthecity August 16, 2011 at 10:07 am #

        Totally agree Lauren – think the key is to buy less but really value what you do buy. Thanks for the comment.

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