Book Club

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So, I'm thinking about starting a little book club via this blog. The cold winter days seems an appropriate time to do so and I would like some motivation to push myself to read new books. The premise is simple: one book a month, the book will be announced at the beginning of the month, there will be a progress post partway through the month where everyone can check in to help keep us accountable and on track to finish, then the last Saturday of the month we'll discuss everything. If that pace is too slow it could be a book every other week...
I'm mostly interested in classics (Anna Karenina, anyone?), but as I'd love to have this be interactive I thought I'd accept votes/suggestions on this post and announce the first book next week. I'll host the first few book clubs and we can have most of the discussion here or on Facebook, but if it grows in the future we can look into forums and I'll welcome other participants to lead the discussion.
The point is merely to read more and engage in a fun, casual dialogue about novels we're all interested in.
So, please let me know if you're interested in participating and what novel(s) you think would be fun to tackle this winter.

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57 comments:

  1. Oooh! I LOVE this idea so very much and you can consider me TOTALLY in. And with already having seen the breathtaking Keira Knightley-filled trailer, I'm all for Anna Karenina being the first official book. Can't wait for the announcement next week! Great great idea! :)

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  2. I love that idea! And I love classics so here are some of my favourites:

    Pride and Predjudice by Jane Austen
    Emma by the same author ^
    Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
    Emily of New Moon by the same author ^
    Alice and wonderland by Lewis Carrol
    The hounds of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
    Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

    And many more :) so looking forward to this!

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  3. What a wonderful idea! I would love to participate. I'm up for any sort of book, but believe it or not, I was contemplating whether tackling Anna Karenina would be worth it just a few hours ago..

    Bevin
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  4. How about The Bell Jar? I know it isn't really a "classic" but it would be fun to discuss. Or, Heart of Darkness?

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  5. This is a great idea, but I will have to pass on Anna Karenina, I've read it and disliked it. If I see you're doing any Brontes, or Austen, Dickens and Trollope, can I join in then? I would also loooove it if Stephen King or Clive Barker came up for a read, but classics will do just fine, as long as I own them - cannot afford to buy books at the moment, bahhhh. But really, can I join in at any moment if you do a book that interests me, or do I have to join for every book? And is it a problem that I am from outside the USA?
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  6. This is such a great idea! I'd love to join, but I don't know if it would be possible to read Anna Karenina in one month...
    Is Moby Dick or any book by Mark Twain also an option? Furthermore, I'd love to reread The Great Gatsby again!

    xoxo, Femke
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  7. @Bronte Collett, I like those books too but I really want us to try books most of us haven't read before--since you said they were favorites it seems you have read them--do you have suggestions for books you haven't read and would like to? :)

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  8. @MintJulep, nah just participate when you want and don't when you don't.
    One of the reasons I like classics to read is they will be at most libraries! No need to purchase the latest NYT "best seller."

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  9. I love this idea! I love to get lost in books over the winter. I agree, classics are a great idea because they will be available at most libraries. I was just thinking about starting Anna Karenina a few days ago too! I'm in either way though...can't wait to see which one you choose to start =)

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  10. This would be great! I vote for anything John Steinbeck. He has one called The Winter of Our Discontent so that could be winter-y. And possibly depressing. Something by F Scott Fitzgerald could also be good -- would get us in the mood for the The Great Gatsby movie.

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  11. I think that's a really great idea and I'd love to join in, but I'm not really sure how doable it would be for me since I'm not a native English speaker. I'm looking forward to some recommendations and new impulses though.

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  12. I think this is a great idea, would be very interested in joining in. anna karenina is on my to read list but am interested I'm reading any of the other books suggested.

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  13. de-lurking fan saying she'd love to check in on this. I recently read Great Expectations after realizing I had never done so and it was fabulous- so many classics I'd still like to experience!

    And rereads are fun too- I read Anna a ton when I was an angsty teenager and only Russian literature would do- I wonder how I would experience it now...

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  14. I've been wanting to read the classics but never really had time or the motivation really. This is a great idea! :)

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  15. Good idea, I mostly read the classics anyway (In the middle of Anna Karenina currently haha) and it would be great to have others to discuss the books with!

    My suggestions are:
    Far From the Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
    The Woman In White - Wilkie Collins
    Love in the Time of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez

    It's harder than I thought to think up relevant books I haven't read :D

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  16. Great plan!
    I would recommend 'the night circus'.
    It is beautifull and magical. It's perfect and romantic and all of this without anything stated about the romance.
    Seriously. Love.

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  17. Great idea, I'd be interested in classics. A book I love and that is fairly short but brilliantly written is James baldwin's giovanni's room.

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  18. This sounds like a brilliant idea. I'm always looking for new books to explore and I love the challenge of reading a book with the intention of discussion. Lately I've been considering reading the Cloud Atlas (not a classic, but it has peaked my interest!)

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  19. Ooh, I would be interested in this as well. I pretty much like to read anything so whatever is decided will likely be fine with me. :)

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  20. That sounds excellent! I would love to be a part of it, and basically anything would be a nice break from readings for school =)

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  21. Sounds like a great idea! Recently I've been trying to get into classic literature, too :)

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  22. I vote for Anna Karenina. I was just thinking of how to get through it alone, and this would be great motivation.

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  23. Oh, I'm definitely in! I need to start reading more and never have a motivator.

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  24. I would definitely be interested! I love book clubs but trying to keep them running with everyone's crazy schedules is so difficult. I'm up for any books; I'm a voracious reader and like to be cajoled into rereading books as well. Thanks for starting this up, what a great idea!

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  25. I always wanted to read:

    The Great Gatsby by Scott Fitzgerald
    Villette by Charlotte Bronte
    Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
    Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by the same author
    Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
    The Princess Bride by William Goldman
    Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbit
    The Boy and His Horse by C.S. Lewis

    and loads more I'm sure...

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  26. Cool! I have no suggestions for books... but that's why I'd like to participate! To read more! This would definitely fill up my free time during the winter break :)

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  27. I am SO in. I used to be in a mother-daughter book club with a bunch of friends and their moms in elementary school and it was so great. I also crashed my mom's grown up book club regularly, but I've had less success with book clubs as I've gotten older. I keep starting mini, two person ones with cute boys only to have our relationship and thus the book club fall apart by the second book. Classics are great!

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  28. I would definitely be in! I second the Great Gatsby suggestions (as I need to read it before the movie comes out anyway!) or anything by Jane Austen!

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  29. I'd love to join the book club! A Margaret Atwood novel would be great.

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  30. Oh yes that would be awesome! I would love to read Anna Karenina, Sense and sensibility, Tess of the D'urbervilles, Jane Eyre, Room with a View, Emma, Wuthering Heights, Les Miserables, The Secret Garden, and so so many others!

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  31. This sounds like a great idea. Anna Karenina has been on my list, as has The Great Gatsby. I'm currently reading Pride and Prejudice, so those are my suggestions.

    Looking forward to it ;)

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  32. Sounds relay run, I am in. : D

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  33. I'm a fan of this idea. I've missed out on some of the classics, so another reason to read them is fine by me! I recently read Wuthering Heights, and my copies of Jane Eyre and Vilette have been eyeing me... Anna Karenina and The Great Gatsby are intriguing me, too.

    I didn't notice any suggestions for Vanity Fair, The Scarlet Letter, or The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, so I'll add them in. :)

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  34. Count me in!!! I love the classics, currently reading Anna Karenina and Wuthering Heights at the moment and really enjoying both of them :D

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  35. I love this idea! And yes please to Anna Karenina!

    Maria xxx

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  36. hi Rebecca! i think this is a perfect timing :) i'm currently into american classic novels.. i just finished The Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger. i'm planning to read The Great Gatsby and i know you've read it already. Can i ask for your comments about this book?

    this book club is a wonderful idea :) i'm looking forward to this.

    ps: some classic books which are on my list:

    On The Road by Jack Kerouac
    This Side of Paradise by Fitzgerald
    Naked Lunch by Burroughs
    The Virgin Suicides by Eugenides
    The Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

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  37. great idea! i too vote for the classics, but perhaps some of the less hyped:)

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  38. Sounds great! I have tons to read already for uni but would defs be interested in adding another book to the pile!
    Maybe...
    On the Road (movie coming out soon!)
    Anna Karenina (dying to read it!)
    The Scarlet Letter (love it)
    Fahrenheit 451 (heard great things about it)

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  39. Hooray! When you mentioned this on Twitter I was so excited and was telling my friends about. I am so excited! A really great idea!

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  40. I've been trying to read more book in English for a long time, I hope this will be a good motivation for me. I love the idea.

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  41. An online book club would be splendid indeed!

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  42. I would also love to join and read Anna Karenina.

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  43. A big hole in my reading are any of the Russian masters, so any motivation to read one of those would be welcome.

    I also haven't read any Updike, Delillo, or Pynchon (except for The Crying of Lot 49), so any of those would be cool too. Or Roth... who has apparently retired. Only read American Pastoral and I loved it.

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  44. I REALLY would like to join your book club! I've always wanted to be part of a book club, but never knew people willingly to form one with me... Doing it on the internet is such a brilliant idea!

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  45. I'd definitely be up for Anna Karenina, or any Russian novel for that matter. I've also been wanting to read some Edgar Allan Poe... anyway, I'd love to join in!

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  46. I've been a reader of your wonderful blog for some while, and one of the reasons I've followed along is all the posts you do about books and reading, not to mention the frequent excerpts from Emily Dickinson and John Keats. (Though I don't often leave comments because I'm an introvert and rather reticent.) However, I think a book club is a great idea and I would be happy to participate! A focus on the classics would be lovely indeed.
    -Brittany L.

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  47. I'm so glad there are so many people interested! I think we will start with Anna Karenina (offical annoucement next Saturday) & after that I'll pull from the suggestions here for the next books.

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  48. this interests me greatly.

    if you do proceed with it - i'd really love to read one of jd salinger's novels again to discuss in a group forum, i've read them all but never had friends who did the same.

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  49. I love this idea! I just read Anna Karenina over the summer, but I'd love to have people to talk with about it, so hopefully I can get in on discussions.

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  50. Love the idea! Just finished a book, great idea for my next one :)

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  51. Such a fantastic idea! I've never read Anna Karenina so I look forward to having a reason to give it a go.

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  52. Good idea, just came across this blog and the previous post on reading Anna Karenina, count me in!I started reading it a long time ago and stopped, so this will motivate me as I actually like classics and Russian literature. I believe I'm late joining in, but will still go ahead and hopefully catch up on the next book soon.

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