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Old 05-22-2004, 01:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I had this thought today as I was sitting on my couch reading a book. What do you ladies think about maybe starting a book club? We would have to see who was interested and then every month we could take turns picking a book. We would all read it (by a certain date that we all decide on) and then discuss it. What do you all think? Should we include the guys or just start with us?
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Old 05-22-2004, 02:24 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Eh, just start with us for right now Then we could pic and Oprah's Book Club book and there would be no whining

I think its a great idea.
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Old 05-22-2004, 03:22 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Awesome idea
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Old 05-22-2004, 03:23 PM   #4 (permalink)
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yay, i've been meaning to start up my reading again (i used to be fairly avid) but it's died off since i've moved and blah blah blah, anyway, i'd be game, i just checked out a library card last week, yay fallenangel! so let's giver a whirl!
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Old 05-22-2004, 03:33 PM   #5 (permalink)
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So, how about if we wait till what do you think monday and see who else wants to join and then pick a book monday night or should we wait a little longer?
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Old 05-22-2004, 04:42 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I'm into it....I used to always have my nose in a book, but have laxed a bit as I have been busy. but if i had the motivation, for sure!!!
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Old 05-22-2004, 04:43 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Old 05-22-2004, 06:01 PM   #8 (permalink)
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The only problem with Oprah's selection (this months is actually pretty good, though) is whenever she picks a book, it's tough to get at local libraries (at least libraries near me)

It's a neat idea -

Ever consider using a chat feature for the discussion. Like AIM or Yahoo?
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Old 05-22-2004, 06:05 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Ever consider using a chat feature for the discussion. Like AIM or Yahoo?
That is a great idea maleficent.

The only problem with Oprah's selection (this months is actually pretty good, though) is whenever she picks a book, it's tough to get at local libraries (at least libraries near me)

I agree with you on that one to. I thought maybe each one of us would randomly choose a book. We could pick from some of her old selections. I know Kelly Ripa had one also. We could choose from hers. I don't know just keep the ideas coming. Because I think it is a great idea I hope it happens.
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Old 05-22-2004, 06:19 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I've done this once before, and it dropped off due to lack of interest. What we did -- and this is merely a suggestion.

Submit a book suggestion, either what you're reading now, or what you want to read. Get a little synopsis of the book (amazon has the publisher's weekly synopsis which are awesome) and start a poll with the suggestions. most number of votes wins.

Ya just might want to get an idea of what some folks like - and how "high brow" people want to get. Oprah's books tend to be a little more - ummm -- oh what's the word -- smarter reading - Kelly's book club is summer beach reading trash -- which are just such fun to read - -and generally read fast.
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Old 05-22-2004, 06:24 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Did you do this on here? I mean the Tilted Forum Project
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Old 05-22-2004, 06:31 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Nope. elsewhere - - I still think it's a great idea...
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Old 05-22-2004, 06:36 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Would you mind being in charge or at least helping me?
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Old 05-22-2004, 06:44 PM   #14 (permalink)
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You're in charge - twas your idea but i'll gladly assist in any way I can.
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Old 05-22-2004, 06:49 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Thanks your so sweet.
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Old 05-22-2004, 06:51 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Oh, take that back - I'm EVIL dangit -- grrrr - Evil Queens get no respect
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Old 05-22-2004, 09:51 PM   #17 (permalink)
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This is a great idea. I read all the time, but mostly it's trash. I would like some motivation to read something a little more thought provoking.
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Old 05-22-2004, 10:03 PM   #18 (permalink)
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Count me in; but personally don't want to do a poll, etc. I think that Amethyst (being the originator of this idea) should name the first book. We can read it if we want and if not, no loss. Once she is done reading, or as she is reading, she starts a thread on it and we add on. From there, one of the contributers names the next book and the cycle continues. That way it stays low key and we won't feel pressure to read from month to month if something comes up.

(This worked for me in a book club I formed in town -- which petered out when I moved. Speaking of, I should get it going again if this doesn't work.)
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Old 05-23-2004, 10:47 AM   #19 (permalink)
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Sounds like a good idea.
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Old 05-23-2004, 11:17 AM   #20 (permalink)
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I hate picking things my husband and I give each other a list of three places to eat and then we get to choose one of them. So, this is going to be hard for me. I'm looking at two books right now.

How long should we give everyone to read the book?

How do we know who goes after me?

What do you like to read?

Where is a chat we could use to talk? or should we just use the tfp fourum?

I will choose a book by tonight. Everyone that is in send a message. I will try to make it a book that is easily obtainable.
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Old 05-23-2004, 11:34 AM   #21 (permalink)
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Well I'm in Right now I'm reading Empire Falls, but I could set that aside for the TFP Book Club...

I like just about anything. Those 'chick lit' books are always fun. Easy to read girl-meets-boy type stuff.
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Old 05-23-2004, 11:48 AM   #22 (permalink)
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Couple of suggestions along the chick lit - -though calling these lit would be a strectch.

Sophie Kinsella wrote a series of books - the Shopaholic Series -- 3 books with the same title character and her trials and tribulations. The books are funny, great characters, you won't grow any brain cells reading them, but you won't lose any either. You will, however, be entertained. She just came out with a new one, thats on my night stand at home. Can You Keep A Secret, that I have heard a lot of good things about.
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Old 05-23-2004, 11:51 AM   #23 (permalink)
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Couple of suggestions along the chick lit - -though calling these lit would be a strectch.
I agree not too taxing a read that's for sure.

I think I've read all of those Shopaholic books. They were good, that's along the lines of what I like. Can read em in 2 days.
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Old 05-23-2004, 11:59 AM   #24 (permalink)
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[B] I hate picking things my husband and I give each other a list of three places to eat and then we get to choose one of them. So, this is going to be hard for me. I'm looking at two books right now.
Relax about it. It's only one book. Lately, at the book store, I've been asking the clerks to tell me what to read. Just pick a book for me, I don't care what it is, it's only a book. No one is gonna slap you silly if you pick a bad one, and we'll be happy campers if you pick a good one.
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How long should we give everyone to read the book?
Name the book. Then start a new thread when you're done or almost close to done. I'd probably guess about 2 weeks but some folks read faster than others.
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Why don't you name your successor
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What do you like to read?
anything. I used to think I didn't like buigraphies, til Mary, Called Magdalene was suggested for me. I've changed my mind about them
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Where is a chat we could use to talk? or should we just use the tfp fourum?
Probably start with the forums until everyone is done, then if y'all want -- meet up in chat.
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Old 05-23-2004, 03:35 PM   #25 (permalink)
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I'm in! Yet another excuse to spend more time with TFP
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Old 05-23-2004, 04:45 PM   #26 (permalink)
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i'll give it a shot in the later summer months as i want to get into reading, but i have school and i have enough reading when i'm in class. i'll keep an eye out though for when i'm done of my class. good idea!
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Old 05-24-2004, 12:43 PM   #27 (permalink)
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I'm in. Just give me plenty of time to read it. I used to read one of those romance novels types of books in an afternoon. The larger classics like "Tale of Two Cities" took about a month and the book "Count of Monte Christo" too me all summer (I think I remember it was something like 4,000 pages).

Now that I have kids though it all depends on how busy things get. Summer will be less kid crazy for me hopefully though. I'm not into mystery a lot but I go through phases of what I like to read.

My suggestion for a future book is "The Black Tulip" It's written by the same author as "The Three Musketeers", "Man in the Iron Mask" and "Count of Monte Christo". "The Black Tulip" though is much shorter and a fairly light read. It's a basic romance story but with the suspense of his other stories. If I remember right it didn't even take me a week to read the last time. That was 10 years ago though.

Some other possibilities are some of the new Caldicott Award books. Yes they are written for upper elementary students but there's often a lot of more subtile parts to the stories that we would catch that a 7th grader wouldn't. For example "The Giver". There's a lot to discuss there including issues of medications for mood alteration and euthanasia. It all depends on what kinds of discussions you are looking for.
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Old 05-24-2004, 12:43 PM   #28 (permalink)
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I'm definitely interested. I like to read in my spare time so this would be perfect. Usually I read the trashy romance novels and I'd love to branch out a bit.
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Old 05-24-2004, 04:49 PM   #29 (permalink)
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Okay I have decided on a book.The Virgin Suicides
by Jeffrey Eugenides (Author). Here is the review:

From Publishers Weekly
Eugenides's tantalizing, macabre first novel begins with a suicide, the first of the five bizarre deaths of the teenage daughters in the Lisbon family; the rest of the work, set in the author's native Michigan in the early 1970s, is a backward-looking quest as the male narrator and his nosy, horny pals describe how they strove to understand the odd clan of this first chapter, which appeared in the Paris Review , where it won the 1991 Aga Khan Prize for fiction. The sensationalism of the subject matter (based loosely on a factual account) may be off-putting to some readers, but Eugenides's voice is so fresh and compelling, his powers of observation so startling and acute, that most will be mesmerized. The title derives from a song by the fictional rock band Cruel Crux, a favorite of the Lisbon daughter Lux--who, unlike her sisters Therese, Mary, Bonnie and Cecilia, is anything but a virgin by the tale's end. Her mother forces Lux to burn the album along with others she considers dangerously provocative. Mr. Lisbon, a mild-mannered high school math teacher, is driven to resign by parents who believe his control of their children may be as deficient as his control of his own brood. Eugenides risks sounding sophomoric in his attempt to convey the immaturity of high-school boys; while initially somewhat discomfiting, the narrator's voice (representing the collective memories of the group) acquires the ring of authenticity. The author is equally convincing when he describes the older locals' reactions to the suicide attempts. Under the narrator's goofy, posturing banter are some hard truths: mortality is a fact of life; teenage girls are more attracted to brawn than to brains (contrary to the testimony of the narrator's male relatives). This is an auspicious debut from an imaginative and talented writer. Literary Guild selection.
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Awesome. Sounds good. I'm in.
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Old 05-24-2004, 06:15 PM   #31 (permalink)
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YAY I've wanted to read this book -- excellent choice
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Old 05-24-2004, 07:10 PM   #32 (permalink)
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I am so happy! I was so scared to pick and I am so glad that you guys are pleased with my choice. yeah me. They have this book used on amazon if anyone can't get a copy. And also E-Bay has a few.

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Old 05-24-2004, 11:44 PM   #33 (permalink)
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how long do we have to read?


/me runs to library
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Old 05-25-2004, 07:18 AM   #34 (permalink)
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Good choice. Off to the library too!
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Old 05-25-2004, 08:57 AM   #35 (permalink)
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YAY I've wanted to read this book -- excellent choice
Me too

And since I was just able to obtain download a copy of it....

SiN would like to play bookclub too, if she may
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SiN!!! How did you find a downloadable copy? That would be so perfect for me. I could read at work
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SiN!!! How did you find a downloadable copy? That would be so perfect for me. I could read at work
Yeah share with us how you got a downloadable copy? And you can glady join sin. How much time do we want to read this book?
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Yeah share with us how you got a downloadable copy? And you can glady join sin. How much time do we want to read this book?
Since when does a girl divulge all her secrets? I sent you a PM

I can start reading tomorow or as soon as I am able to re-hookup the print server...looks like it'll be a fair easy read..I dunno, a week, or maybe until next (not this) weekend?
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Old 05-25-2004, 03:35 PM   #39 (permalink)
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i don't have a library card yet (just moved here), could someone help me out with the downloadable copy too?
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I'm in -- just have to find a copy! With my busy (end of the school year, Lebell moving in, getting ready for the wedding) schedule -- it may take a few days. But a book will be a GREAT and much needed distraction.
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