Here's a really quick draft of a schedule for 2012, assuming everyone is in agreement with my previous message:
Jan - The Savage Detectives
Feb - The Mystery of Edwin Drood & The Sense of an Ending
Mar - Room
Apr - Nothing Like the Sun & A Dead Man in Deptford
May - C
Jun - Wolf Hall
Jul - Red Harvest & Farewell My Lovely
Aug - A Mind at Peace
Sep - The Expedition of Humphrey Clinker
Oct - The Prague Cemetery
Nov - The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet
Dec - The Tunnel & Recollections of Things to Come
Here is the rationale, where there is one:
Jan - Selfish reasons on my part. I belong to another reading group that is doing Bolaņo's novel 2666 in March, so I wanted to read The Savage Detectives first. This should also be an easy book for everyone to find.
Feb - February 7 is the date of Dickens' bicentennial, so there is likely to be some hoopla that month.
Apr - Shakespeare was born and died in April, so it seemed as good a month as any.
Jun - Selfish again. That other reading group is doing Wolf Hall in June. It will be interesting to see how it works out to read the same book for two groups at the same time. Perhaps I can cross-pollinate the discussions.
Jul - Mysteries seem to be considered the best summer reading.
Aug - Just from looking at the preview pages on Amazon it appears that A Mind at Peace begins in August.
Oct - The Prague Cemetery seems like an appropriate book for the Halloween season.
Nov - The Thousand Autumns in autumn, of course.
Dec - To give Joffre plenty of time to work on his Spanish. Also, Recollections is $30 new, so some of us may want extra time to scout out a more affordable used copy.
For those months not mentioned above I just tried to space out the longer works and double selections, not have similar works back to back.
Again, this is just a draft, feel free to comment and suggest changes.
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