実践ビジネス英語 2020/3/27 (6)Book Clubs at Work





実践ビジネス英語 2020/3/27 (6)Book Clubs at Work
職場の読書会(6)
In our current vignette, Alyce Collins and Lidia Grace announce the upcoming formation of, ah, A&A’s first workplace book club. The marketing and communications staff will be the guinea pigs for the project, because they are a very literary group, Collins says. You like to read a lot, don’t you, Heather?
guinea pigs モルモット
I do. It’s one of my greatest pleasures in life. If I need to be frugal some months, I have to stay away from bookstores. Both the brick and mortar variety and online, because it is very hard for me to not buy something once I start browsing around. It doesn’t matter whether I’ve got a stuck of still unread books waiting, which I almost always do. And buying me presents is very easy. Just get me a gift certificate for more books. Even my 7-year old daughter when she was talking about last year’s Christmas gifts, said, unprompted, “Mummy, you want books, right?” My special favorites are books about European history and medical and scientific breakthroughs. I also like fantasy. I used to read that John Lane incessantly. It’s been a long time since I read a mystery. Might be nice to get a few books in that area again.
frugal 質素な、節約する
brick and mortar れんがとモルタルでできた[作られた・建造された]〔店舗がインターネット上ではなくて〕実在の[する]
ネットに対しての「実際の店舗」
gift certificate ギフトカード(和製英語)、商品券
unprompted 他人から依頼[命令]されたのではない、自発的な
breakthrough 飛躍的進歩、突破口
incessantly 絶え間なく、ひっきりなしに、とめどなく
You know, I’m sometimes asked by young people what they should read. My advice is, “Anything and everything.” Long novels, short stories, romantic comedies, mysteries, autobiographies, jokes, nonfiction and even pages from Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations. I believe in what essayist Joseph Addison said, “Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.”
精神にとって読書とは身体にとっての運動のようなものだ

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