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Since we'd never all agree on one book, we'd each take turns choosing one book for the month, and we could start a thread on the boards for discussion that folks can contribute to as they're reading/finishing the book.
What do you think about that?
And while I do think that YA Lit is great (I am absolutely in LOVE with Stephanie Meyer!), I think it would be cool to be able to read all kinds of literature, from the classics all the way up to modern. Maybe it's possible to find something online. I'll check sometime.
If anyone's maybe interested in co-hosting something, send a comment my way. I'm not necessarily good at being a host, but maybe with a few people working together, it could work. -MissLizzy
I would love to do it, but I am involved in too many book clubs right now (3 YA ones--one online and 2 in person at the school I work at and 1 adult which I host). I might be able to participate on occasion, so I look forward to one developing.
How does an online book club work?
Does someone introduce the book? Do we read it by a certain deadline? Do people post their comments as they're reading the book or just when they're finished?
Firefly7522, I'm so looking forward to our online book club, too! :-) What do you suggest for a genre? I love everything from classics to sci-fi to YA lit. Anything you're in the mood to read more of?
On Read YA Lit we have a suggestion thread, where people make suggestions about what books to be read or shouldn't be read. From that list and people's comments I choose a book. We have thread that just lists the schedule which I started to make it easier to find what the upcoming book is. We do it monthly and December is only our second month of discussions. I try start the discussion thread as close to the 1st of the month as possible. Of course the thread stays out there and people can continue to post on it, but it probably isn't visited as often as the current months. Feel free to check out our group http://www.librarything.com/groups/readyalit#forums.
Now, there's also an online book discussion being conducted at Undercover, which is run by the daily broadsheet The Sydney Morning Herald.
PWRG's discussion was successful, it seems to me, because they gave people a lot of time to actually get their hands on the book in question. And then read it.
Undercover I think is struggling because the book chosen is out of print in Australia and they've had to get copies shipped specially from the States, where it is still in print.
I'd be interested in participating in an online discussion group, as long as there was enough time to procure and read the chosen book. I think this is an important aspect of the exercise.
Ever since I saw (in another thread) the top 100 sci fi titles, I've been interested in reading and re-reading some of those. Would anyone else be interested in a sci-fi bent?
Another tact we can take - We could switch it up and have each of us pick the book for one month next year, say, starting in February? That would give ample time for finding the book after the holidays.
What do you think?
I like reading sci-fi, but it might be nice to do a variety of genres, starting with sci-fi.
I think I prefer discussion about what to read next, as opposed to one person just choosing. But I also liked the suggestion someone made in another thread, where one person lists 5 titles and then everyone votes. As long as everyone gets input somehow.
Okay, I'm going to start looking online now and making my list of 5. I'd love to hear your suggestions, too.
Just for kicks, there's two lists I'm checking out:
The Top 100 Sci Fi Books
1001 Books To Read Before You Die (and there's also an LT group of the same name)
Thanks a bunch!
As far as the actual time frame we give to read the book, and how we set up the discussions (do we discuss chapter by chapter, or just read the whole book and then discuss? I prefer chapter by chapter, or at least sections...otherwise I think vital discussion points may be missed), I don't know. I've never set up anything like this, so I'm just grasping at straws. But, these are my opinions. Let me know what you think, if you agree or disagree, and we should all agree on a date to start this reading group, so, like someone stated above, we've all had time to purchase or somehow acquire the book.