Sunday, August 5, 2012

My book-ish weekend (part 2)

I read Ernest Cline's superb novel, Ready Player One, almost one year ago. When the book club (Flips Flipping Pages) chose it for its July book discussion, naturally, I was excited. So the RPO discussion is the 2nd part of my book-ish weekend last week, and boy was it fun!

My good friend, R, was the moderator, and I was the designated photographer of the day. We decided to have the book discussion at an '80s-themed restaurant in line with the themes of the sci-fi novel which had a lot of 80s references.

The discussion started at around 2 pm and finished by 5.30. Of course, we need to have dinner somewhere (even though we have been eating the whole time during the discussion). After dinner, there's the obligatory coffee and conversation, which lasted until almost midnight.

Here are some pics of the discussion, dear readers.

Me with my almost-yellowing RPO hardback.
The Wayfarers were part of R's giveaways.
Contrary to what my T-shirt says, I was never big on video games.

That's R, busy with the preparations for the discussion.
He went all out for the event!

The interior of Cafe 80s had a lot of 80s memorabilia.
That gigantic Rubiks cube was made by the owners.
And you gotta love that bike with E.T.!

This Pac-Man wallpaper was just too cute. I want it for my room!

Some members even came in costume for the discussion.
That's my good friend Fredda. Her pink socks are love, no?

Would you believe that these members are actually moms?
I'll say it again: FFP members are just too gorgeous!

One of those hot moms in the picture, Iya, gave me a bunch of books during the discussion.
She knows of my fascination with all things Penguin.
So she also gave me this Penguin mouse pad!

 The requisite group shot
Woot woot! I think I counted more than 30 attendees!

And here I am hamming it up with Orly.
What can I say? I just love the 80s!
Those cool glasses are just one of R's props for the discussion.

At the end, each member got 3 bookmarks.
I was fortunate enough to get the complete set of 24!
Aren't these bookmarks awesome?


Portobello's coffee said...

I will never forget this day. Again, thank you.

Peter S. said...

I'm sure it was also memorable for the other Flippers!

C.B. James said...

30 members!! Do you usually have such a large group at your meetings? Looks like a fun time to me.

Peter S. said...

Hi, C. B. James! Not really. Sometimes, it's just a small group. I guess this book is just quite popular.

Jack said...

What an event, like an all-day moving party. I have to ask, though, how did you stay on topic surrouned by all that awesome retro stuff?

Stepford Mum said...

You and R are challenging acts to follow when it comes to book discussions. SuperModerators! The book was fantastic, and the discussion, I think, even more so. R's visual aids were stunning, and those bookmarks simply amazing!

Peter S. said...

Hello, Jack! It was quite difficult!

Hi, Stepford Mum! You flatter! Thank you!

Portobello's coffee said...

Stepford Mum, I actually got moderator pointers from you, Peter and other post mods. I have great teachers!

Peter S. said...

You should be the one teaching us now, Portobello's coffee.

caite said...

Gosh, that looks like such great fun!!

Peter S. said...

It really was so fun, caite!