Amber mentioned in the "what are you reading" thread the idea of having a Pixel Scrapper book club. Is anyone interested? And if so:
1. What kind of book should we read.
2. What do you do in a book club, particularly one in an online forum setting.
I think a book club would be a fantastic idea! I'm not really familiar with book clubs online or offline but I found a cool website for online book clubs that I'm sure would help (here). I'm not sure what we should read but I'm sure we could do a poll to figure that out!
Certainly the book thread has a lot of comments in the forum so there should be plenty of readers here! I'm not sure if I'd join - it might depend on the books chosen. I would prefer a system that you could opt in and out of each month depending on time/book choice. I am already in 1 local club and so far I have not particularly enjoyed any of the books. (though the chat and wine works very well afterwards LOL) The on-line ones I've seen pick a book and anyone who wants can read that book that month. There are then 2 sorts of threads - one where people are just commenting on their thoughts on the book and another where there are particular questions about the book and people leave their feelings/answers.
Don't like ready very much,except for the bible,i only have patience for that.LOL!!
Hope you girls have fun tho.
I would love to join a book club!
Maybe a rotating schedule of genre's? One month a classic, one month bio, one month paranormal etc
I've done an online book club before, via Goodreads. It was pretty similar to a regular book club, just online! We select a book via poll for each month and then by a certain date, a thread was opened to start a discussion on the book. I like Brandi's idea about rotating genres partially because that was one reason I left: I felt like the same kinds of books kept getting chosen over & over again, and they weren't particularly my cup of tea. I got tired of them.
Sounds like it could be fun.
I would totally be interested and I read anything! But, I tend to go for mysteries, true crime, crime/mysteries the most! But like I said, I am open to reading anything!
I think we have lots of tastes. I also think we're all probably busy. What if we took turns rotating the leader, who picks a few books (say three) for the rest to vote on. This will ensure multiple genres without one or two people wracking their brains to please everyone. So we would need to set up a leader schedule, and perhaps have the book decided on a month in advance. A bit like how you do the collaboration kit?
Sounds good. I like the idea of being able to opt in and out depending on the book chosen. I also agree with Amber that we should post the book a month in advance so that we have time to get the book and get started reading it.
It makes sense to rotate genres. I guess we can put up a poll with a couple books to start, and then next time we can just exclude anything from that genre.
Anyone have book suggestions?
Wicked by Gregory Maguire
Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart. Which I think falls under the slipstream genre. Trying to stay away from different genres each time might be difficult since some books are hard to classify, especially if the author has remained mum on it.
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
Good Enough to Eat by Stacey Ballis
I think this sounds like a lot of fun, but I read constantly to try to keep up with the current trends in Young Adult literature for my job, so I probably would not have time to participate. I love that we have so many readers in the group!
Penny, you and I could chat quite a bit, I want to focus on YA in my doctoral work
Amber, I just finished a master's thesis with YA! I've thought about doing PhD but for now am happy with the MA. What do you want to do with your doctoral work??
Maybe we can get a month where a YA book is chosen, so we can get our nerd on!
Ooooh! Yes! I will send you a PM, Phillippa, so I don't get the board too off topic
Amber, feel free to PM me. I feel much more at home, knowing you and Phillippa are both YA readers! And please let me know if they ever do select a YA book, hopefully it will be one on my extensive "To Be Read" list.
I also read a lot of YA books, but I´m affraid I don´t have that much to share, because I read lots of brazilian authors that haven´t been translated to Portuguese. I´m even friend of a fantastic brazilian author, and know some others...
I'm definitely in! Any progress on the book choice yet? Sharilynn, I liked the idea of
My Life in France (Julia Child)
The Fault in Our Stars
Am I right to assume most people have read the classics listed?
I'm always looking for something new and different and just finished an awesome YA-vibe mystery/comedy called The Rook (The Checquy Files#1)
by Daniel O'Malley. Very unique!
Do you have some suggestions for YA fiction? I recently read a review for Eleanor & Park which sounded interesting to me.
Sadly I haven't read many classics, which is why I listed them haha.
For YA I'd suggest:
-anything by John Green...i.e. The Fault in Our Stars, Looking for Alaska, An Abundance of Katherines, Paper Towns, Will Grayson Will Grayson...etc
-The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
-The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
-Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
-Divergent and Insurgent by Veronica Roth
-The Hunger Games Trilogy
-The Immortal Nicholas Flamel Series by Michael Scott
I can keep on going and going, my list is quite large.
Though Charlaine Harris isn't exactly YA, I've read ALL her books including all the mystery series so I highly recommend those to anyone into mystery, vampires and everything else she writes about!
For those of you on Goodreads, feel free to check me out here!
@Marisa, oh you have opened Pandora's Box for YA. I promise not to go crazy.
I second Sharilynn's suggestion about anything John Green. The Fault in Our Stars is his most recent, but he has a lot of great pieces; Looking for Alaska was hist first novel & won a Printz.
I just looked at Eleanor & Park, and it's actually highly recommended by John Green! ha! So, I'm sold.
I would also recommend
Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
Bog Child by Siobhan Dowd
Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart (or The Boyfriend List)
Gosh, I could go on, but I tried to narrow it down to books I think could provide plenty of material for in-depth discussions.
@Bianca - I have read the classics listed, but I also know that it's probably because I have a degree in English Lit. lol I don't think it would be a bad idea to throw in classics occasionally! There's always one or two that somehow get overlooked, or might be fun to return to with fresh eyes. I read Gatsby in HS & didn't care for it; I wonder now if my attitude would change. So, it might be fun to have some motivation to pick those up! I know I have a handful that I'd like to dig into, so maybe one month we could have a theme of "classics you've always wanted to read but haven't motivated yourself to do so yet"
Hey guys, just to let you know that I'm getting ready to go to a family reunion, but I'll be back in the middle of July and then I'll put a poll up. Just so you know I am interested and we will start something. Keep leaving your ideas and I'll pick my favorites for the poll
I've never joined a book club before but I'd give it a go. It might be a good way to expand the kinds of books I read.
I've read a lot of the classics too but they are also the ones I most often re-read so I am happy to stick them in the pot. I read all sorts of things but my "comfortable place" is in sci/fi and fantasy or the classics.
I'd like to try but I'm busy as well! Hopefully, whatever book is chosen will be interesting enough to make me make time for it! Sounds fun!