Friday, December 24, 2010

Machine of Death - chat scheduled

Ok, sounds like January 16 works for people.

This means we have 3 weeks to read.

Let me know who can make a Sunday, January 16 chat at 3PM PST. The time can be changed if the majority prefers something sooner or later, so if you'd like to suggest an alternative time leave your suggestion in the comments.

Between now and January 16 we will have some opportunities to share on the blog so stay tuned for that.

Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Machine of Death

Based on rankings, it looks like the next book we will be reading is Machine of Death - Ryan North, Matthew Bennardo, David Malki.

The book is 464 pages, now we need to decide if we want to speed through it in 2 weeks and have our discussion the weekend of January 7, or take an extra week and conclude the book the weekend of January 14.

Our official start date for this book is December 24, that gives a few days to go out and get a copy of the book from the library or the book store, or to stay in and order it from Amazon.

As you all get your copy of the books this week, let me know in the comment section of this post how you feel in regards to the speed at which we read. Because some people are only able to participate in the reading while on vacation, I want to get through this first book quickly. If we feel rushed at the end of this book we'll take more time on the next book.

On Decemeber 24 I will announce the time and date of our discussion based on the feedback already received, and any additional time and date feedback received between now and then.

Looking forward to the new book.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Book #3

Ok, time for quick decision time! You all made fabulous choices. I have compiled a list based on some feedback from you guys. Please rank the following book choices:

a) A Room With a View - E.M. Forster
b) The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - Stieg Larsson
c) The Tipping Point - Malcolm Gladwell
d) Machine of Death - Ryan North, Matthew Bennardo, David Malki

Remember, this is for our quick Holiday read. The books above and the other books listed that we don't read this time around will go on our list of books to read in the future. The reading will continue this time, not end abruptly.

So 1) list your choices in order, and 2) suggest an end date for this book

I'm fine if we decide to go fast or take our time with this book, but I know some of you are on vacation and not able to read much during the semester so let me know your desired speed.

And, let this all be known by 12/21 at 5pm PST since we will need to get the book and start ASAP.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

anyone interested in a holiday read?

Hello Thinkers,

I apologize for the four month cold shoulder. you deserve better than that and I hope you can forgive me.

So is anyone interested in reviving this book club either for a quick holiday read or something more long term? It has been far too long since I allowed myself the benefit of reading (since August 10, to be exact) and if anyone of you is interested I'd love to:
1) choose a book to read and dialogue about together
2) read a book any of you have recently read and would like to talk about
3) read a book you have not yet read but are planning to read and discuss
4) read a book you have read in the last 20 years that you think is pretty good (from the little memory you have of it) and we can have chats to discuss the book and to talk about life and other random stuff
5) choose a book at random from my book shelf, read it by myself, and blog about it

So, let me know if any of those interest you.

Happy Holidays!