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What happened to the book club? I can't see either a thread or link on the site to a December book. Has it gone or am I just not seeing it it?! Apologies in advance if it is somewhere obvious.
Nor mentioned on a previous thread somewhere that it had been taken down for now and may be brought back in a different format in the new year. I dont think it was generating a great deal of discussion.
Book clubs are always difficult. People read at different speeds, and to announce a single 'book for next month' never seems to succeed, in my experience. I think we need to define aims for a book club before embarking on one - if we want discussion of themes, styles etc., why not go for books that a lot of people will have read already, and either love or hate for various reasons we could share?If, on the other hand, the aim is to get people to read certain books (either to expand their personal library, to promote a certain book in order to increase sales, to raise the profile of an author) - then perhaps the Delia team could negotiate with the publishers to offer us some kind of promotional code in order to acquire the chosen book at a discount?If healthy discussion is the aim - then I think someone needs to take responsibility for directing the discussion by posting questions about the book - maybe we could have a volunteer each month who'll kick things off with - say - 5 questions that would lead to an exchange of opinions - eg 'does this book just tell a story, or do you think it's trying to put across a point of view?', or 'which character in the book did you empathise with, and why?', or 'did you guess whodunnit, and which clues were the giveaway?'.Maybe we could start with old favourites that a lot of people will know, and move on to recent publications? Perhaps we could tie this in with classics that are free to Kindle users through Amazon? I'm thinking of things like Wuthering Heights, Sense and Sensibility, Brighton Rock, Kes etc. - books that many will already be familiar with. That way, people can grow in confidence talking about books they know - it's quite intimidating giving your opinion on a public forum!Anyway, that's just me - I did try to keep up with the Book Club, as was, read the first one on time, but the second (The Island) I didn't get around to until ages after people had stopped talking about it - which was a shame, because I had a lot of thoughts about that book!Anyone else got ideas on how a successful book club would work?
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