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Chibiabos83
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PostPosted: Wed May 28, 2014 11:15 pm    Post subject: Another group read  Reply with quote

Following up on Joe's observation elsewhere that the board has seemed moribund of late, anyone up for a group read? My thoughts are as follows:

We can either do

a) a 'Good Read'-style thing as has been done before, i.e. a small group of us (three seems the optimum number) choose one book each and we all commit to read and discuss them. (Of course, more people could join in, but three books I imagine is the most anyone would want to take on.)

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b) a good old-fashioned group read of a nominated book. Perhaps all those interested would like to suggest a book and we could vote on it.

I know several of us (though not me) belong to book groups already, but a frequent complaint is that discussion is of e.g. babies rather than books, which wouldn't be a problem here. I'm as guilty as anyone of letting this board get dreary. On the increasingly infrequent occasions that I post, it tends to be just another book review (of which one coming up presently), not a reply to someone else, not an interaction. Perhaps we could get things back on track a bit.


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Castorboy



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PostPosted: Thu May 29, 2014 6:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Chib, I favour the b) option and I suggest any book of short stories from any country and any time.


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chris-l



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PostPosted: Thu May 29, 2014 6:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have been very slack about posting recently, not helped by recent problems with internet access (we decided to change to a new provider, and BT's revenge was to immediately cut off our internet connection, about 10 days before the new service became available), but I would be interested in joining in with this. My track record on group reads is very poor, but it would be really good to get some real discussion going on here, so I am willing to make an effort. I have no particular preference about the chosen book(s) - I am happy to go along with any concensus.


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Jen M



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 03, 2014 2:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am interested but am afraid that I would not be able to commit the time... I do attend a book group and some months don't read much other than the book group book (due to work, family and other commitments).  

Perhaps Castorboy's suggestion of short stories would work - those of us without the time to read a whole additional novel might manage some of the short stories.  I am not really a fan of these but it might be a good starting point.

I have on my Kindle Waiting for the Evening News: Stories of the Deep South by Tim Gautreaux, and I haven't started it yet - can I suggest that as a book for a group read - cheeky, I know!



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 04, 2014 6:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I read inter-linked short stories about the Deep South by Eudora Welty in 2012 so I would be happy to follow Jen's choice.


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Sandraseahorse



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 04, 2014 6:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm Ok with this suggestion.


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Chibiabos83
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 04, 2014 8:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, it would suit me too. Shall we wait a bit longer and see if anyone else is interested? I believe Caro's away at the moment.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 04, 2014 10:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The last time we did a group read of short stories on here Chekhov I read about twenty and almost nobody else read any.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 04, 2014 11:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't recall that at all, Mike. I hope I was not one of those who said he would participate. What a group read probably needs is some strong leadership. Well, I'm not the man for that, heaven knows, but if this group read should come to fruition then I will try to impose some kind of regimented order.


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chris-l



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 04, 2014 6:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I said I would go along with the consensus, and I will stick to that. I haven't heard of the author Jen has suggested, but part of the pleasure of this sort of exercise is the discovery of authors who would otherwise have remained unknown!



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