Re: upcomig books
Posted by guillermo maynez on 16/8/2011, 13:52:05, in reply to "Re: upcomig books"
My opinions: |
1. One book per month has worked well, I think.
2. Starting in September gives room for everybody's wishes and needs, as well as time for those of us outside the US and with no indigenous Amazon.
3. Additional books would be OK as optional readings
4. Steven has done a wonderful job, so if he wants to do it again, I'm all for it.
: 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.