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Offline Notoriety Reading Five Days in May by Andrew Adonis
23 Feb 2012, 10:12 PM | Post: #41

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RE: General Book Club Chat

Only just seen this thread. I've pulled back from the Book Club since the change to the start of the discussion making it coincide with the result of the ballot. I just don't get time to read the book until most of the discussion has finished. It used to be a month between the two. I'd split the difference and settle for a fortnight!

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Offline B J Burton Reading Complete Works of H P Lovecraft
23 Feb 2012, 11:33 PM | Post: #42

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Excellent - sounds as we have another participant in Chitma.
I think Tony makes a very valid point. It does have the feel of being a little frantic when the discussion begins as soon as the voting is finished. Those who happen to have already read the book can launch in straightaway, but anyone who only buys it after the winner is officially declared may not be ready to join a discussion for 2 or 3 weeks - and by then it feels like turning up very late at a party.
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Offline Susanne Reading The Rose Petal Beach by Dorothy Koomson
24 Feb 2012, 08:00 AM | Post: #43

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RE: General Book Club Chat

We only recently made the change to start the discussion as soon as the poll had ended , - due to some members wanting to get straight into discussing the book, but if the general concensus is that it would be better to leave the discussion until, say, the middle of the month, as Tony suggests, then I'm happy to do that. Perhaps I should do a poll to see what the preferred choice is.

On the point that Chitma raised, everyone's opinion on a book is welcome and we don't shout down anyone who happens not to agree with the opinions of others - hey, this is KUF, not Amazon! Wink. We are not trying to be "intellectual" about our discussions, we just want to have an interesting chat about the books we are reading. Some books generate better and more in depth discussions than others, and everyone is welcome to give their views - without going into great detail about why.
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24 Feb 2012, 09:07 AM | Post: #44

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Everyone is welcome to the book club, we just like talking about the books we have read, and don't believe for a minute that everyone has to agree about a book. That's what makes our discussions so interesting. Some months the choice is a book that I wouldn't enjoy but I have often read it, and been pleasantly surprised, and others months I just don't get on with a book so don't contribute in that month.

I actually prefer the way the book club is now. I have suggested some of the choices recently, and if we had to wait until the end of the month to start the discussion then I would have forgotten some of the finer points of the story as I had read other books in the meantime, thus making my contribution to the discussion a bit feeble. The way things are now, those of us who have already read the book can kick things off as soon as the book wins, and others can join in as they read the book.
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24 Feb 2012, 09:17 AM | Post: #45

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Book clubs …… my tuppence & three farthing’s worth

There are only so many free hours in the day and spending them reading something that I wouldn’t pick up outside of a BC choice is a waste of that precious time for me. I do recognise the argument about ‘getting outside one’s comfort zone’ and ‘you never know you might like it’ and other such good points but I feel I already do this by having a wide selection in my normal day to day reading.

I think this stems from a short time I spent in a real world BC when, after only a few months, I came to the conclusion …… why spend time reading something just because I have to when there is so much out there that I want to read but just don’t have the time.

Occasionally I may find the odd BC choice is actually something I would read however I often have a ‘chosen by me’ book on the go at that point and another couple of ‘must read next’ books waiting in the wings.

I value greatly all the book discussion that goes on in the rest of KUF and really like taking part in that but I’m just not really a book club person I suppose.

Doesn’t stop me grabbing something that’s been highlighted in the BC as a great read though ha-ha Whistle Wink

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24 Feb 2012, 09:43 AM | Post: #46

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I agree with everything Sujay says Smile

I also totally understand & agree with daveb too.
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24 Feb 2012, 01:44 PM | Post: #47

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(24 Feb 2012 09:43 AM)kaska Wrote:  I agree with everything Sujay says Smile

I also totally understand & agree with daveb too.

You're a very agreeable person, Kaska Wink

The trouble with when to open the discussions is that you just can't please everyone. We'll have to see which way the poll goes. I won't vote as I want it to be totally up to the BC members.
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24 Feb 2012, 03:14 PM | Post: #48

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Maybe Dave has hit the nail firmly on the head and answered my original question. It could well be that the vast majority of readers are simply happier not feeling obliged to read books selected by others when there just isn't enough time to read all the books that we choose for ourselves.
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24 Feb 2012, 03:19 PM | Post: #49

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RE: General Book Club Chat

Daveb,

You might possibly be a Book Club person , just you haven't found the right club! The good thing about the KUF BC is that you can "sit out" a discussion if you don't fancy the particular book, without appearing too anti-social. If in general you don't go much with the consensus choce of books then the club is probably not right for you. On the other hand you may just be a strong minded individualist!

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24 Feb 2012, 08:38 PM | Post: #50

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(24 Feb 2012 03:19 PM)Notoriety Wrote:  You might possibly be a Book Club person , just you haven't found the right club! The good thing about the KUF BC is that you can "sit out" a discussion if you don't fancy the particular book, without appearing too anti-social. If in general you don't go much with the consensus choce of books then the club is probably not right for you. On the other hand you may just be a strong minded individualist!

Yes, all of that Tony Blush

Well .... strong minded individualist? ...... just a mo & I'll ask the current Mrs Dave ....... Hmmmmmm, she says "don't be so silly dear!"

So, there ya go. I'll just pour another glass of red and do what I'm told, obviously Wink

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