On the subject of upcoming books, this is as good a time as any to bring up the usual questions about selecting our books for next year:
1. Do we keep the same format of one book per month?
2. Do you want me to do the balloting, or would someone else like to take a turn?
3. Last year we started earlier than usual to fit Lale's schedule. Previous to 2010 I think we usually began with nominations as soon as the Booker Prize was announced, which will be October 18 this year. Is that suitable for everyone, or do you want to start in September like we did last year?
One idea I've had for some time, and perhaps have mentioned here before, is to designate one or more additional works each month as background or follow-on reading to our main selection. This would be optional reading for those who want to explore the subject or author a little deeper (or an alternate selection for those who for some reason can't or don't want to read the main selection). Obviously we can always do this on our own anyway, but it would be nice if more than one of us were reading the same book.
Another idea, but one that has nothing to do with next year's selections, is something I mentioned months ago. September 2011 will be the 10th anniversary of Readliterature.com. We could commemorate the anniversary by having a special poll to see what our all-time favorites are among the 100+ books that have been on the reading schedule over the years. (You wouldn't have to have read the book with the group to vote for it.) Unfortunately with only five of us currently active, that's a rather skimpy electorate. Maybe Lale can e-mail some of the former participants and get them to take part. What do you think; is it worth a try? If you like the idea, I can post a ballot as soon as everyone has finished The History of the Siege of Lisbon.
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