The Brown Paper Book Club

I am coming to you by way of a post 
I wrote on one of my other blogs, 
entitled The Brown Paper Book Club
I am closing down the blog and bringing 
a few ideas over to Collage of Life.

 The Brown Paper Book Club

This idea started with a secret passion of mine 
when we lived in New Zealand.  
I joined  Trade Me,
(the NZ version of E-Bay) and 
spent many hours reading 
the used book section,
looking for a little gem. 
Once I found the book for me, 
I placed my order. A few days later, 
a brown paper parcel was sitting in my post box.
 I loved finding that little brown package 
and still treasure those books...

You know what they say about the little things in life...
this is one of them for me. I am wondering, 
if maybe this is something 
I could do with a few other kindred spirits. 
I am thinking of books that leave a lasting 
impression on us, 
ones that touch us, help set us 
on a new path or simply leaving us wanting more. 
Who knows, a book you recommend 
could make all the difference to someone, 
somewhere, someday.

We participate by reading and passing 
our favourite books along. 
How you choose 
to pass them on is up to you. 
Personally, I love the good old fashioned way. 
I have oneready to go to a reader, Julie, in Scotland. 
I have asked that when she is done
to pass it on and if for any reason it needs
 to come back to me, that is fine too.

The book I am recommending 
is 'let me sing you gentle songs' by Linda Olsson.
You can find it under the title, 'Astrid and Veronika'.

This book was Linda Olsson's first novel and I loved it!  Linda was born in Stockholm, Sweden and now resides in Auckland, New Zealand where I came across this book. I hesitate moving it off my book shelf but would gladly send it thru the hands of willing readers of The Brown Paper Book Club.

"In a wintry landscape in the Swedish countryside, the paths of two women cross. One bleak March evening Veronika, a young writer, arrives in a small village in pursuit of stillness and solitude to enable her to come to terms with grief and loss, and to complete a novel. Her arrival is silently observed by Astric, her elderly, reclusive neighbour, who in the safety of her home guards dark family secrets and personal tragedy. As the icy winter gives way to spring, the two women are drawn together. Against a backdrop of changing seasons, they embark on a tender and unusual friendship. What happens will change the lives of both women forever. "

It is on it's way, 
the first in The Brown Paper Book Club.

Care to join in the fun? 

All you have to do is leave the name of a book that has special meaning
to you...and I will add it to list. An easy way to share your favourites.

PS... you might just take care of a few Christmas gifts in the process. :)

Happy Reading!

images via Jeanne @ Collage of Life


  1. Great to see Cross Stitch on your list!!

  2. Jeanne, I love this idea. I will join in. The book I would share is "Excellent Women" by Barbara Pym. Good luck! xx Sunday

  3. I love the idea but I don't think that I would be able to give up any of by books. They're like part of the family for me.

  4. I'm in. I have Jane Austen's Sense and Sensinilty, which I will gladly send on its way. I've thought about Oscar of course, but I'm not sure I am ready to part with any of his books, but I recommend many:-)

  5. I think this is a fabulous idea. I am not for sure how it works. I have so many books that have touched me for so many different reasons. Bonnie

  6. Oh Jeanne. I *adore* this idea. Just glorious. I'd love to be in it.

    I'd toss in 'It's never too late' ( J x

  7. What a great mind you have, Jeanne! It runs in so many directions...the brown paper book club is a lovely idea but I'm of a mind to hang onto and reread my little treasures.

  8. Thanks everyone for your comments. I can appreciated holding onto your favourites. An easy way to share is to leave the name of one of your favourite books and I will add it to the list. :)

    So far we have

    From Wrighstuff: Cross Stitch by Diana Gabaldon
    From Sunday Taylor: Excellent Women by Barbara Pym
    From Jane: It's Never Too Late by Patrick Lindsay
    From Carina: Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

    Thank you! :)

  9. I love the idea.. I will have to think about my list :)

  10. I know that we have quite a few books to dispose of, but for the life of me I can't think of even one right now :) We shall have to make a list.

  11. Dear Jeanne,
    I always love your wonderful ideas!The written word of a mindful author means a lot to us and sometimes it`s leading our lives...

    Jeanne, I just received your colourful postcard from India yesterday!What a surprise and how nicly started my day!!! :)
    Thank you very much for this little gift from another part in this world....this postcard has probably seen many hands (and other postcards and letters and....)and was *travelling* many miles by bus, car or plane.
    Love that imagination.

    Have a wonderful weekend with a perfect book! :)
    Beate XXX

  12. Excellent idea. The first part of your post, receiving the little brown parcels really appealed to me!

    this also reminded me of when I first lived in London and I worked at a bookshop--a golden opportunity to see all the new releases as well as trawl through all the classic--but also to share between us and customers our personal lists of favourite books. I miss that. So yes, I'm in.

    I have so many to recommend that it's difficult to choose one! but for now, I'll add: Cat's Eye by Margaret Atwood.

  13. Jeanne, Add my little treat to the list.
    "The Sunday Tertulia" Lorie Marie Carlson. I think this is a fabulous idea. Hugs! Bonnie

  14. Gosh, this is a great idea. Now for the book - terrifically hard to pick one as mostly I read library books. And I usually give my used books to the local Library I do not have any to share. The only thing I could find was a copy of Gone with the Wind that we read for book club.

    Just stumbled upon your blog yesterday.

  15. I'm not sure this is way this is supposed to work Jeanne at this point in time, however today, I've written a post about your Brown Paper Book Club as I have just received a book from a friend that I will read and pass along.
    So, my addition to your list, given that it is still active, is The Hundred Foot Journey by Richard C. Morais.


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