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Old 20th Jan 2007, 20:47   #31
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This one looks good
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Old 20th Jan 2007, 20:56   #32
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More seriously, how about The Trial by Franz Kafka
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Old 22nd Jan 2007, 10:10   #33
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Just had another idea of how an online book group could be done... participants take turns suggesting a book, as is commonly done in a face-to-face group.

I think you'd need two levels of book group members for this to work:

1 - those who are committed to trying to read just about every book - these people are allowed to choose a book when their turn comes. (like a face-to-face group)

2 - those who just want to opt in if and when they fancy - these people should not be in the rota of choosers but of course can read any they like and hopefully participate in the discussion.
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Old 22nd Jan 2007, 10:23   #34
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Just had another idea of how an online book group could be done... participants take turns suggesting a book, as is commonly done in a face-to-face group.

I think you'd need two levels of book group members for this to work:

1 - those who are committed to trying to read just about every book - these people are allowed to choose a book when their turn comes. (like a face-to-face group)

2 - those who just want to opt in if and when they fancy - these people should not be in the rota of choosers but of course can read any they like and hopefully participate in the discussion.

This two-tier system sounds very workable to me... I know I could not commit to reading whatever was suggested, principally because the constraints on my time vary enormously, but would quite feasibly join in now and again... or is that sitting on the fence?
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Old 27th Sep 2007, 12:40   #35
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I don't know where to post this suggestion, but a few of us over in the Nicola Barker thread are interested in adding Clear as a book group choice. I'm not sure what's coming up after The Easter Parade? But we probably do need some other selections soon....
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Thank you, K. We are mulling over a few ideas, but I'll introduce that one into the pool.
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Out of curiosity, amner, who is mulling over ideas? (Have we a secret committee operating here? )
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Yes, the cabal is in operation again.
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Well I think it's the admins, though we're not actively mulling at present (at least I'm not).

I can't remember if this has been explicitly mentioned before, but what happened with the Book Group previously was that we had nominations and a vote for the titles. This invariably led to interest in the first couple of titles for each six month period and rapidly declining interest in the others.

What happened with the recent books is that we admin secret committee basically presented a selection of books as a fait accompli, and they have been very successful and have produced a lot of active discussions throughout the period. So that seems, to me at least, to be a sensible way to continue. But obviously if there's a lot of interest in one particular title being expressed already, then that's something to be taken into account.
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Hey, I have no problem with a secret committee. As long as I know what you're up to.
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