Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Re-Introducing the Group Read

We've taken a 2 month break here on the Group Read and I've been thinking of ways to improve and re-introduce it for the near year.

I like how we all put in suggestions (how else do I learn about some pretty cool books) and that we all have a vote. I like discussing (wish more people participated) and I like when people write thought provoking guest-posts like when we read American Wife and Lisa and Kelly contributed some great posts!

So here are my ideas for 2011...

-Once a month put a post out asking for suggestions
- Once a month set up a poll to vote on suggestions
- Once a month post the winner

(so far that sounds the same...)

New idea:
I break up the book into so many chapters and once a week we read and discuss those chapters.
Can you read ahead? Sure just don't post any spoilers before we get there!

As always, if someone has questions they want asked or a guest post they want to share or if they want to post something on their own blog and have me link to it, I am all for it!

I think breaking the book up into sections will make us all a little more accountable and it will seem a little more doable and we can have more of a discussion of how it is come so far and where we see it going. I figure in the post that tells that month's selection I will also then post the schedule for what chapters will be talked about on what day and in each weekly post, add a reminder.

I am thinking Friday's will be a good day to do the weekly discussion because that way you have all weekend to chime in. If you have another day or suggestion you want to throw out please do! The only day that won't work for me is on Wednesday's because I post my baby growing update on those days. ;)

So what do you all think? Are you game? And better yet, what shall we read in January???


Amber said...

I really would like to join in - it's a matter of me getting my hands on the book sometimes. I know when you guys did American Wife I was #150 or something stupid on my library waiting list!

I will try to join in in January though. I'm currently finishing up The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets Nest and I'm going to be starting on the second book in the Hunger Games series in January (Catching Fire) so I vote that book!

Amber @ A Little Pink in the Cornfields said...

I love the idea of breaking up the chapters. In this book club we're really missing the discussion piece of the book so I think instead of one big discussion several smaller ones would be more successful. Looking forward to reading with you guys again!

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

I think breaking it up into smaller discussions sounds good! For me, the sooner I know what book we are reading, the more likely I can participate as sometimes I have to wait for the book...

My suggestion for January is the 1st book of the Hunger Games series...

Kelly (She Wears a Red Sox Cap) said...

I love the idea of discussing more often :) I'll try to think of a book idea. I agree that the earlier we know the better as far as getting our hands on the book :)

Bonita said...

I love the idea of disscussing chapters along the way, too!

I can't wait to participate.

My suggestion is Cleopatra's Daughter by Michelle Moran.

The Many Thoughts of a Reader said...

Thanks for the input ladies! I am thinking of posting the suggestions post around the 12/13th of the month, the poll the 18/19th of each month and then the selection on the 22n/23rd. I also forgot to write in my post that I am thinking that if we have a tie again I will plug the ones that tied into random.org and pick a winner that way so we don't lose more time voting. What do you all think?

And I am suggesting The Weight of Water by Anita Shreve

Becky said...

I think one of my New Year's Resolutations for 2011 is going to be to not force myself to read books (just let myself choose whatever), so I may not participate as much, but I love reading the reviews/guest blogs about the selections!

Smldada said...

I'd love to participate. We'll see how the library cooperates. It'll be a good way to make sure I keep reading this year and that I read something beyond the trashy romance novels I adore.

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

I like your idea for the timing of picking the book. And good call on using random.org if there is a tie... Looking forward to seeing what we read in 2011!