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Posted on Monday 10 May 2010 at 2:35 pm

Book group?

I originally "met" many of you flisters through Harry Potter. We'd pick apart the books in discussions, fics, and discussions of fics. Since the HP series ended, I feel like we haven't had nearly as many really good discussions about books as we used to and I miss that. I know there are other online and real-world book groups and there have been flist discussions about TV shows, etc. but I like y'all and I like books so I'm wondering, would any of y'all have any interest in an informal LJ book group? I'm pondering two different possibilities or a blend of them.

Option A: traditional book group kind of thing. We pick a book, everyone reads it, and we discuss it. I'd think probably everyone tries to read it by a certain week and we have a discussion post about it where everyone can talk in the comments or we could do multiple discussion posts on different topics or whatever.

Option B: thematic and recommendation book group. We pick a theme and people can read anything they want the fits that theme, discuss the theme generally by drawing on anything they've ever read, and make recommendations of books others might like that fit the theme. Again, either one post with discussion in the comments or multiple posts with lots of different discussions in lots of different comment threads would work for me.

Option C would be a combination of the two. We pick a theme, people can discuss it generally and make recommendations then from the recommendations we pick one book for everyone to read and discuss.

In all cases I'd lean towards a monthly or bimonthly rotation. For option C, I'd say thematic/recommendation discussion one month and then specific book discussion the next month. For either of the other two options, I'd say new book or new theme every month or every other month.


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bratty_jedi at 12:23 pm on 11 May 2010 (UTC) (Link)
People could absolutely jump in and out as needed. I think if we said "You have to commit to everything or nothing right now!" we'd get a whole lot of nothing because everyone gets overly busy from time-to-time.
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mrstater at 7:02 pm on 10 May 2010 (UTC) (Link)
Wow, weird you should bring this up now, since a bunch of RL girlfriends and I are meeting Wednesday to plan a book club we're starting. Alas I don't think I could handle two at once, but if we want to follow the same reading plan I'm on in RL... ;)

We're starting with Jane Austen's Persuasion, btw, and are going to break it into chunks and discuss a few chapters every other week.
bratty_jedi at 12:31 pm on 11 May 2010 (UTC) (Link)
LOL. Nice coincidence.

We're starting with Jane Austen's Persuasion, btw, and are going to break it into chunks and discuss a few chapters every other week.

Not a book I'd pick, but part of the fun of book groups is broadening your reading. I'm really not a fan of the read a bit at a time thing though. I like to just sit down and read a book over as short a period as possible and dragging it out drives me batty. That always caused me problems in high school. We'd get a book, I'd read the entire thing within the first day or two of having it, and then four weeks later I'd be flunking all the daily reading quizzes because I hadn't just read it the night before and couldn't remember the color of somebody's shirt, but I could tell you all about the overall plot, character development, major themes, etc.

Question: If we did either just the thematic/recommendation thing or the alternating between thematic/recommendation and reading a specific book, do you think you might be able to jump in on the thematic/recommendation stuff sometimes since that wouldn't require reading another new book but would let you talk about anything you've ever read?
What's Taters, Precious?
mrstater at 2:28 pm on 11 May 2010 (UTC) (Link)
I'm more the read-it-all-at-once kind of reader, too, but our reading group is kind of made up of non-readers who want to read more, so we're adjusting for them. And OMG, totally with you on the inability to remember stupid details - what's the point on that kind of quiz?

And yes to your question! And who knows, maybe I'll be able to read more than one book at once? (Especially if I get ahead on my other reading group, lol.)
lady_katvic at 2:23 pm on 04 June 2010 (UTC) (Link)
Can I join in too? It would make me check my livejournal more often and read things that are not necessarily in a genre I usually read.

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