My first book club was supposed to be meeting at my house yesterday but we ended up going out for Sunday lunch as I was the only one who had read the book (In Cold Blood by Truman Capote)! Not a good start, but hopefully things will improve.
So, lots of extras came along to lunch and we had a good meal at the Prince Regent Pub in Marylebone – quite a nice area that Paul and I had not been to before. After lunch we explored the amazing Daunt Books which has a huge room of books divided up by country (Paul went to the Argentina section and bought the collected fiction of Jorge Luis Borges which I am really looking forward to reading!) and they have an amazing bit where the books go right up the wall and you go up stairs to a balcony they’ve built around the room to look at the books – I think I would like this in my house one day.
I bought Beloved by Toni Morrison as I plan to go to the book group of the Women’s Library which I happily discovered last week, and Beloved is their book for May! Finally, I will read a book by Toni Morrison.
Then Paul and I went looking for new phones. We are looking at getting phones that have GPS, internet browsing, cameras – they’ll be quite an upgrade from the very basic phones we currently have.
We also went to Borders where I bought three magazines: Bust (which has Flight of the Conchords on the cover!), Bitch (a great feminist magazine I have a lot of trouble finding in London) and Out (it’s a transgender issue and has Tilda Swinton on the cover). So, there’s plenty of reading to keep me occupied for quite some time.
Last weekend we went into town to look for a book Paul wanted. The first bookshop didn’t have it so Paul bought three other books: Here Comes Everybody: the Power of Organizing Without Organizations by Clay Sharky (I have started reading this and am enjoying it), The Logic of Life: Uncovering the New Economics of Everything by Tim Harford (he also wrote The Undercover Economist, a book which Paul has also bought and read), and The Machine That Changed the World: The Story of Lean Production by James P. Womack, Daniel T. Jones and Daniel Roos. Then we still had to go to another store to get the original book he wanted! It was The Toyota Way: 14 Management Principles from the World’s Greatest Manufacturer by Jeffrey Liker. I believe he is enjoying it.