Book Club: The Good Life by Hugh McKay

Book Club: The Good Life by Hugh McKay

Book Club: The Good Life by Hugh McKay

It’s been a while between book clubs but last night was our first for 2017. The book was “The Good Life” by Hugh McKay and our lovely host, Ms T, set the scene with a “bohemian” inspired picnic. I love that everyone in our book club is not only a lovely friend, amazing woman but also so creative when it comes to hosting book club, each and every one has been so different.  This time not only was the setting gorgeous but for the first time the book was actually discussed, in detail!  Some even took notes!  Don’t worry there was, of course, wine and food too!

The Good Life by Hugh McKay

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Have you read The Good Life? I have to put my hand up to say that I haven’t actually started it yet so the feedback is from the collective book club of last night.  The fact that it generated such a discussion is a strong recommendation to read it. The book definitely resonated with all of the ladies and is very topical at the moment as it addresses the way we are bringing up this next generation.

The question of the book is “What Makes a Life Worth Living?”, Hugh McKay has studied Australians’ over the last 40 years to try to answer that question.

His conclusion is provocative. The good life is not the sum of our security, wealth, status, postcode, career success and levels of happiness. The good life is one defined by our capacity for selflessness, the quality of our relationships and our willingness to connect with others in a useful way.Goodreads

Our conversations last night covered creating resilience in our kids, why does everyone have to get a ribbon in a race and a prize in pass the parcel? How self control can bring happiness, recognising emotions for what they are and then letting them go, guilt and not getting caught up in it and other such topics. One of our group is a psychologist so there were many questions sent her way around mindfulness, positive psychology, wholeness and community service.

We also discussed how unbelievably hot Townsville is at the moment (100% humidity) and Ms T’s very creative ice bucket

Recycle an old basin as an ice bucket

 how amazingly delicious pies with “mushy peas” are

Book club food - pies & mushy peas

what a clever way to use an old door, it was decided that 3 bricks was a good height for legs over the age of 40!

diy out door table with an old door

 and that pineapples really do make great centrepieces!

Book Club The good life by Hugh McKay

Our next host for book club is Irish so she is going to let us know the book but it will be by an Irish author and on the lighter side for a bit of fun.

The reason I haven’t started The Good Life yet is because I’m engrossed in Giulia Engers “Gut” which I’m finding fascinating. Anybody read that one?

Have you read any good books lately? Are you in a book club? Got any upcycling tips for old house hold items?



2 comments on “Book Club: The Good Life by Hugh McKay

  1. Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid
    March 12, 2017 at 3:05 pm

    Now that’s one club I want to be in. It looks divine and the book sounds like a great read too. Will add it to the list!

  2. Paula, The Geeky Shopaholic
    March 13, 2017 at 1:57 pm

    Your book club sounds like so much fun! 🙂 And I love that old door as a table!

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