Going on from the book reviews section, I was wondering if we should have a book club. I'm in a few, and I've combined the best elements from all to make what I feel would be a decent way of running things.
Totally open for suggestion, of course!
General How this Bookclub Will Work:
Each reading session (perhaps each month? It depends on the length of the book…) will be of two books – one that has weekly discussion posts where we all read through it together, and one that has a monthly end-of-book discussion post. This is so there’s more chance of everyone having something to read if you’ve already read one, or simply can’t get into it.
How will we pick the books:
Books will generally be fantasy. They can stray into the other genres, as long as fantasy is a strong influence on the book itself.
Whilst at the start those running the bookclub can probably choose which book we’ll be doing, after a while we can probably have enough readers in order to vote for which one we’ll do next.
A week before the next book reading is due to start, everyone will have the chance to nominate (up to three) books they want – though each book will have to be in its own post, the post including the cover, a description and a link to the goodreads page for the book.
Everyone has the chance to ‘thank’ the nomination (and everyone can ‘thank’ as many books as they like), and (depending on how many nominations received) either the top three ‘thanked’ posts go into a poll for the final vote, or if there are two clearly most popular, then these are picked for selection. If the books go to a vote, and then they tie, the tie breaker will be the Goodreads user rating.
And then what happens?:
Once the selections have been made, a main post will be made that lists how much will be read by which date (eg: Monday 25th: Up to and including chapter twelve / Monday 2nd: Up to and including chapter nineteen) and we could probably use a calendar on google calendars (unless there’s something else that’s better) that people can view to see what the reading schedule is.
The actual book club:
Each Monday there will be a weekly post to discuss the chapters of the main selection as previously agreed. At the end of the month (depending on the length of the second-most-popular book) there will be a full discussion post for the second book choice.
Everyone is feel free to read ahead if they wish, but if they post a spoiler they’ll be kicked in the head. Or their post will be edited, either way.
OR, if there’s huge interest in some reading along, and some who’re quicker readers or have already read it, perhaps we could have a full book discussion post from the start, as well as the weekly posts.
Those running it will be in charge of starting each discussion with a series of questions to spark discussion, such as ‘what do you expect jack will do next / what did you think about Emma’s decision to run off and slaughter all the lambs in the circus’, etc.