Anyone interested in trying this out here on BB? Like we all read the same book one month, and then talk about it? I’ve seen it work in other strong online communities - TNC often hosts one on his blog, moderated by one of the members of the boards there…
I’ve tried it before (with both books and films) and it fizzled out, people just weren’t all that good at reading other people’s suggestions - for reasons of time and/or interest - and when nobody reads your choice it doesn’t fill you with enthusiasm for then reading their choices…
Is once a month too frequent? (in the aforementioned example my first choice was a collection of David Foster Wallace short stories, and someone else chose something by Will Self - very few people managed to read all of either in the time we’d allowed).
Maybe there’d be a large enough pool of readers here that it wouldn’t matter if some people didn’t read every choice. Perhaps group voting on a series of (themed?) options?
this would make me more interested. Monthly would seem more like an obligation, personally.
if y’all vote in any Murakami, I’m gonna have to bow out that season, though. The Wind Up Bird Chronicle satisfied my curiosity about him. for life.
I haven’t read any Pynchon nor DF Wallace, this might be good motivation for me, assuming there’s enough interest to vote them in. The Russian novelists are another gap in my knowledge. But nothing wrong with genre or pulp or what have you. alternating might be healthy.
Well, there seems to be plenty of interest in doing this… How do you all propose we proceed? Shall we start a new thread proposing books to read, and then come to some sort of a consensus on what we’ll read. Maybe everyone post a book (with an amazon link maybe so people can read the blurb), and the one with the most likes is what we read first?
Also, I think we should go back and forth between fiction and non-fiction. If everyone would rather start with fiction, I have no objection to starting with that.