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Monday, July 4th, 2005
3:05 pm
[imagnocean]
Book Recommendation
I know there's a few people on here (some on my friends list) who like reading 'interesting' literature.

Can I please recommend that you read Stiff by Mary Roach.

It's fantastic.  I've tried lending it to a few (closed minded) people who have sort of accepted it politely but never actually read it.

Current Mood: creative
Thursday, March 3rd, 2005
3:47 pm
[theprisoner6]
Welcome to your village
Your village: the new haven for prisoners from all societies. Throw off the chains and embrace the open exchange of ideas. Unmoderated and no rules. After all, it is your village.

http://www.livejournal.com/community/thevillage06/ to join.

Be seeing you...
Wednesday, June 2nd, 2004
2:50 am
[february]
if you are like me, & you would like to continue making yr book selection bigger, OR you are like my friends & dont want a single book in yr home, then join used_books & do whats right for you.
Wednesday, May 5th, 2004
1:09 pm
[eengah]
hello out there
Hello to the dead book club!

Just wondering -- has anyone else read the book Bee Season by Myla Goldberg? I needed some reading for my plane ride home from Oberlin this weekend and that's what I ended up with, in part because it's written by an Obie alum and in part because my friend Lizzie recommended it... And now I'm itching to process it with another person who's read it.
Tuesday, January 20th, 2004
10:14 pm
[lovessong]
For our next discussion: Flannery O'Connor
I've picked the O'Connor stories we'll read by the most sensible method possible: those available online. All four stories: "The Artificial Nigger", "The Coat", "The Geranium", and "A Good Man is Hard to Find", are available online at this website. So, price and availability are NO EXCUSE. :p

Perhaps in the future we can make more use of things available online, although to restrict ourselves to that would be a shame.

Please respond to this post if you have thoughts on any of the following:

1) Should we stick to shorter works, or do you still want to do books? I think maybe alternating (one month doing a book and the next doing shorter stuff) would be a good idea.

2) Do you have questions or concerns about the way things have been going thus far?

3) PLEASE suggest books and/or short stories or essays for future months.

I think that we won't need as long to get four short stories read, so discussion for the Flannery O'Connor stories will be tentatively set for February 6th. If this is an issue, let me know.

Also, if you only have time to read one or two of the stories, please do still join in the discussion! Speaking of, if you have things to say about The Curious Incident that you haven't yet said, please chip and and let us know what you think.
Friday, January 2nd, 2004
3:42 pm
[lovessong]
Discuss!
OK, so I'm late late late with this post. Sorry, all.

You may now discuss The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time. I have things to say, as well, but I am lazy, and do not feel like initiating the conversation.

Have at it!
Monday, December 22nd, 2003
10:09 am
[lovessong]
long time no discuss
Welcome new members!

OK, everyone, we will (finally) be discussing The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon. Discussion will start on Dec. 29th (which I know is not either of the dates I suggested originally). So if you haven't read it yet, I suggest you do so.

In other news, we've been considering doing some short stories next time, since reading a whole novels seems a bit much for some people who have quite full schedules. Flannery O'Connor and Dorothy Parker have been two suggestions, both of which I am quite open to. Other suggestions? Feelings on those two?
Sunday, November 30th, 2003
12:07 am
[iliadawry]
I am now the proud owner borrower fraudulent borrower of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time! (It's not my fault I can't find my own library card, okay?)

And I've even started it. So hopefully this whole read-and-then-discuss thing will work for me.

Woo!

Current Mood: working
Wednesday, November 19th, 2003
1:17 am
[lovessong]
Book for next time (finally)
Sorry this has taken me so long. OK, so the book for the next book club will be Mark Haddon's novel Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time. We will discuss it starting . . . oh, how about the 20th or 21st of December? The other alternative would be the 27th or 28th. (Don't want to be too close to Christmas.)

Yana suggested that maybe we'll have a better participation level if we read shorter things, essays or short stories, instead of novels. Let me know if this is true for you, and if it is true (or even if it's not), PLEASE suggest some readily accessible essays or short stories we can read. Thanks.
Wednesday, October 22nd, 2003
3:33 pm
[lovessong]
Book Poll #3!!
Okay, this is the same as last time -- order the books in the order that they interest you, with the most interest being 8 and the least being 1. If you don't want to read the book at all, pick 0. Warning -- the more books you put 0 for, the less attention I'll pay to your 0s. Feel free to give more books higher ratings or lower ratings (ie, if your top two books are tied, give them both 8s.)

You can still participate in the Fingersmith discussion, if you like. I expect to start discussing the next book the first weekend after Thanksgiving (which will hopefully be enough before finals that people will be able to participate. If you think this will not be the case, and would prefer another time, either earlier or later, PLEASE comment and let me know. Discussions are more fun if more people participate.)

Poll #195101 Book Club #3

William Faulkner -- As I Lay Dying

Mean: 5.33 Median: 5 Std. Dev 2.21
0
0(0.0%)
1
0(0.0%)
2
1(16.7%)
3
0(0.0%)
4
2(33.3%)
5
0(0.0%)
6
1(16.7%)
7
0(0.0%)
8
2(33.3%)

William Golding (umm, I think that's his name) -- The Princess Bride

Mean: 5.17 Median: 5.5 Std. Dev 2.11
0
0(0.0%)
1
0(0.0%)
2
1(16.7%)
3
1(16.7%)
4
0(0.0%)
5
1(16.7%)
6
1(16.7%)
7
1(16.7%)
8
1(16.7%)

Audre Lorde -- Zami

Mean: 5.33 Median: 6 Std. Dev 2.29
0
0(0.0%)
1
1(16.7%)
2
0(0.0%)
3
0(0.0%)
4
1(16.7%)
5
0(0.0%)
6
2(33.3%)
7
1(16.7%)
8
1(16.7%)

Mark Haddon -- Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time

Mean: 6.50 Median: 7 Std. Dev 1.50
0
0(0.0%)
1
0(0.0%)
2
0(0.0%)
3
0(0.0%)
4
1(16.7%)
5
1(16.7%)
6
0(0.0%)
7
2(33.3%)
8
2(33.3%)

Octavia Butler -- Parable of the Sower

Mean: 4.67 Median: 5.5 Std. Dev 2.05
0
0(0.0%)
1
1(16.7%)
2
0(0.0%)
3
1(16.7%)
4
0(0.0%)
5
1(16.7%)
6
2(33.3%)
7
1(16.7%)
8
0(0.0%)

Noelle Howey -- Dress Codes

Mean: 3.50 Median: 4 Std. Dev 2.06
0
1(16.7%)
1
0(0.0%)
2
1(16.7%)
3
1(16.7%)
4
0(0.0%)
5
2(33.3%)
6
1(16.7%)
7
0(0.0%)
8
0(0.0%)

Christopher Moore -- Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal

Mean: 4.00 Median: 3.5 Std. Dev 2.83
0
0(0.0%)
1
2(33.3%)
2
1(16.7%)
3
0(0.0%)
4
0(0.0%)
5
1(16.7%)
6
0(0.0%)
7
1(16.7%)
8
1(16.7%)

Sue Monk Kidd -- The Secret Life of Bees

Mean: 4.83 Median: 4.5 Std. Dev 2.54
0
0(0.0%)
1
1(16.7%)
2
0(0.0%)
3
1(16.7%)
4
1(16.7%)
5
1(16.7%)
6
0(0.0%)
7
0(0.0%)
8
2(33.3%)

Suggestions for next time?

Friday, October 17th, 2003
4:53 pm
[lovessong]
Wednesday, October 15th, 2003
11:48 pm
[lovessong]
Fingersmith Discussion . . .
may commence immediately. Say your piece, if you have one. Hell, even if you don't. Be chatty. Be opinionated. Be provocative. (And of course, I'm sure I don't have to tell you to be nice.)
Monday, October 20th, 2003
7:01 pm
[lovessong]
pick a book, pick a book
OK, it seems like everyone who plans to weigh in on the poll has done so . . . After deliberating, I have chosen Sarah Waters' novel Fingersmith for our next selection. It's available for under $10 at half.com and other online used bookstores. You can probably also find it at your local library.

It's harder than one would imagine to find a book that 5 people are all willing to read . . . Please give me more suggestions of books you'd be interested in for next time! *pout-y face*

Oh. And we will discuss this book starting around the 12th or 13th of October. It's longish (about 600 pages), so give yourself time. It's not a hard or dense read, though.
Monday, September 15th, 2003
1:51 am
[lovessong]
book poll #2
Well, the discussion for Stone Butch Blues seems to be over (if you have more to say, please do go say it!), so I figured I should put up the poll for the next book. The procedure this time is different. Order the books in the order that they interest you, with the most interest being 8 and the least being 1. (I have my own reasons for picking the somewhat counterintuitive ordering. Mostly because of the zero thing, coming up now.) If you don't want to read the book at all, pick 0.

In other words, if there are 5 books you want to read and 4 you don't, put the first five in order from 9 to 5, with 9 being your first choice and five your last, and put 0 for all four of the others.

Got it? Good. Now for the poll . . .Collapse )
Saturday, September 6th, 2003
11:09 am
[lovessong]
discuss! discuss!
Although I think it's only you and me discussing today, Rebecca (Meredith? Where are you, Meredith?), since Linds is too busy and Yana's afk until Sunday night, I believe, we *shall* discuss.

Well, we shall try. My computer's still at the IBM depot *grumble grumble*, and I've been busy this week, so I haven't come up with discussion questions (*Bad* Elena! *bangs head into wall in a Harry Potter joke in poor taste*), nor will I have the kind of internet access I would like for discussion.

All of that aside . . . My brief off-the-cuff thoughts on the book . . .Collapse )

Respond to this, or give your own ideas on other topics. Discussion is our friend!
Friday, September 5th, 2003
10:38 am
[lovessong]
So greg42, aka Yana, asked how many of us will be discussing Stone Butch Blues, beginning tomorrow. I think that would be a useful thing to know. So if you plan to participate in the discussion, please respond to this post. Thanks!
Friday, August 29th, 2003
9:46 am
[lovessong]
Okay. I'm thinking about when to set the discussion date for the book (finally). How about a week from tomorrow? Saturday, September 6th. Does that work for everyone?

Edited to correct the date and to add a tentative discussion procedure:

We'll start with one thread, with discussion in the comments. When we get to about 45 comments, we'll start a new thread, since when you go over 50, lj starts collapsing them, and that's a pain in the neck to read. If we have tangential discussions, we'll start a new thread for them to. Anyone can start a new thread, but I reserve the right to step in as moderator and decide where "official" discussion is supposed to happen if things get confusing. We may make changes as we go, depending on what works.
Tuesday, August 19th, 2003
10:54 am
[lovessong]
Announcement . . .
The date for discussing _Stone Butch Blues_ will be pushed back . . . Ummm, probably around 2 weeks. Since some of us (*cough*including yours truly*cough*) don't yet have a copy of the book, that deadline might end up being extended even further. We'll see. Anyway, sorry about this, if any of you have read the book already.
Monday, August 11th, 2003
7:01 pm
[eengah]
Garf
How's everyone else doing getting their copy of the book? I ordered it and it looked like it was going to be fine, but I just got an email saying that there was a delay and I could get it any time between August 12 and August 28 -- which is obviously after August 24...

That is when we were going to have it done by, right?

Current Mood: blah
Monday, August 4th, 2003
10:56 pm
[lovessong]
Yay! We're all here. Umm. So, I haven't tried to acquire the book yet, but I was wondering if other people are having trouble. (Other than Linds, that is. Poor girl -- 7 bookstores, no luck.)
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