Getting organized for October

The Bagels and Books group will meet at 2:30 on the 3rd Tuesday of the month beginning on October 18.  At that meeting we’ll talk about what we’ve been reading since we last met – it’s been a while so we should get some good recommendations to consider.

At that meeting we’ll also talk about what we’d like to focus on reading – subjects, categories, places, etc….

And we’ll decide if we want to have a December meeting since that would be during Christmas week.   I am really looking forward to seeing everyone again and getting some reading suggestions  because my to-read-shelf is down to only a few hundred.


Stole the mole from Nadia Shireen’s pinterest page  on fall reading

Got a couple good book suggestions from Lynette –

Lilac Girls. Martha Hall Kelly

Last Days of Night by Graham Moore.  Apparently Hollywood also likes the book.  Eddie Redmayne will be the main character.

Both are historical fiction.



A Different kind of book group

We have been playing this summer with a cookbook club.  We got the idea from a couple other libraries who were doing it and decided to try a summer series in conjunction with the Maynard Farmers’ Market.  We chose 4 cookbooks that focused on healthy local food.  We had the 3rd meeting last week when we explored Raising the Salad Bar by Catherine Walthers.   Everyone gets a copy of the cookbook (we have copies at the library) and chooses a recipe to make and bring to the meeting – which is held at noon on the second Monday of the month.  We have one more in the summer series on September 12 when we will be cooking from and talking about The New Mayo Clinic Cookbook: Eating Well for Better Health.  

We have really been enjoying these sessions and we have found that we have different approaches to cooking.  Some people stick to the recipes – some people – most of our people I think – view the recipe as a suggestion.  This has been so much fun that we have decided to extend the series. In October we will be looking at apple recipes – we have found a wonderful cookbook by a local author (Brookline) entitled The Apple Lovers Cookbook and are working on a date – the second Monday being Columbus Day.   In November we will be talking about soup and bread.  We are still looking for a cookbook(s) to use for this session.  Because everyone gets busy in December we decided to take a hiatus until February when we will start again with an evening session devoted to chocolate and celebrating Valentine’s Day.

Several people have lamented that this is a daytime series but I would invite them to join the cookbook club in Stow or in Wayland that meets in the evenings.  After all – libraries are all part of the same family.

And – in chatting with Jan at the Farmers’ Market about the February chocolate session she mentioned a recipe she found from King Arthur Flour for a double chocolate zucchini bread that she said was delicious.  She wasn’t exaggerating the deliciousness of it and since this is zucchini season you might want to check it out.


I would say, however, that calling this bread instead of cake is kind of like our calling those giant blueberry cupcakes muffins instead of admitting what we are really eating.  BUT this would be perfect with a cup of tea or – perhaps in this weather – a glass of iced tea.

So – maybe you’ll think about joining us in September – at any rate, enjoy reading and nibbling.


Read Any Good Books Lately?

Lynette sent me a note saying that she had found The Unseen World by Liz Moore interesting.    It is described by the publisher as “The moving story of a daughter’s quest to discover the truth about her beloved father’s hidden past”

I have been reading the three books to be presented at the New Voices event at the fall Concord Festival of Authors.  Liked all of them and was intrigued that – while they are quite different books set in different times and places – the women protagonists all share a common issue.  The Blue Bath by Mary Waters-Sayer, Modern Girls by Jennifer S. Brown, and The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living by Louise Miller.

Louise Miller’s character is a baker and – surprise – she is a baker and she shares her recipe for apple pie at the back of the book and it uses a process I have never tried (but I will).  All three authors are local and I am really looking forward to hearing them talk about their books in October  (and pie – I am looking forward to trying that pie)



Here’s a 4th of July Present

On a site called there is a section called Parapalooza that has authors (and possibly others) reading a brief paragraph from one of their books or from a book that has meant something to them. Rick Bragg reads from To Kill a Mockingbird.   It’s a great way to discover authors unfamiliar to you and just a terrific way to while away a lazy summer afternoon.

And if you love southern authors as much as I do this site is full of gems.

Looks like I might be missing something

I haven’t read or watched Orange is the new Black but there was a buzzfeed posting today listing all the books mentioned in one year of the series – it’s a long post but if you want to check it out – here’s the link

I am going to have to watch at least an episode or two – they seem to be picking up the literary legacy of The Gilmore Girls – which wouldn’t have occurred to me.

Summer Reading Lists



The Sunday Globe today (6/26) has its summer reading list with suggestions from their critics – including Hallie Ephron and Bill Littlefield who have been guests at the Library.  I am always torn between being excited that there are so many excellent books I haven’t read and discouraged that there are so many excellent books I haven’t read.  In this case there are some oldies and still very goodies on the lists.

To check out the list for your encouragement or discouragement


I think we read for lots of reasons and I have read several books lately that have taught me things I didn’t know but occasionally I just like to read for pleasure – or sometimes just to pass the time when I am stuck with nothing else to do – hence the airplane comment.

So for me an airplane book is one that is pleasant enough to read so that it distracts me from being cramped in a small seat with someone snoring to my left but doesn’t require me to do any serious thinking and probably not much checking of words that I don’t know.

And when I am done, if I forget and leave it in the plane seat pocket there isn’t a loss because it isn’t great enough that I want to immediately share it with others.

SO – is all your reading serious reading or do you have your own airplane equivalent – and if so, what fall into that category?