An Oasismag Book Club?

RadclyffeGeek's picture

(I'm starting a lot of forum posts at the moment aren't I? I really should cut back.)

I read somewhere on this site, about the idea of a book club being started. The idea was that a book would be picked on a certain date and anyone who wanted to could read this book- then on another certain date discuss it with everyone on a forum post. To me this sounds like a brilliant idea, as I love to read but have noone around me who shares the same passion. If anyone else has an idea how this could work- or how we could solve some of the problems that would crop up- then please reply and air your views.

xxxxLisa

Tags:
Daisy's picture

I don't really see any potent

I don't really see any potential problems... What would those be?

Anyway, I'd probably participate if that got started. :)

Did they love you or what?

the mouse that roared's picture

That sounds cool!

It would be great if that would happen!

Are you hanging on to something useless just because you think it's beautiful?
--William Zinsser

Duct Tape Fairy's picture

I'd love to join a book club

I think a book club would be great! There seem to be a lot of book readers on this site- and people here are definately good at discussing things- so I'm all for an oasismag book club- sign me up!
_________________________________________________________________
I'm crazy for crying and I'm crazy for trying and I'm crazy for loving you.
-Patsy Cline

RadclyffeGeek's picture

Well for problems I meant stu

Well for problems I meant stuff like people not being able to get hold of the books, the forums getting too crowded and just general stuff like that. I'd be quite happy to start the ball rolling- but I don't want to suggest books that could take some people a lot longer than the deadline to read. I also don't want it too seem too much like schoolwork, we've all got other commitments I know.
xxxLisa

Living is easy with eyes closed, misunderstanding all you see.


Geek It Til' It MHz

rowie's picture

i think its a great idea. if

i think its a great idea. if you set a date that the discussion would be started on, others could wait until they had finished it to read the forum anyway, just make sure there is enough time for the average speed reader to finish it. one problem could be that books are released some place and not others, or might be hard to get hold of from libraries, but as long as the majority of people can get it, those who cant could maybe suggest the next book so they can participate with that one. maybe discussions could even be part way through the book, like a forum for when you get half way, to discuss where you would like the book to go from there, etc. as long as no-one spoiled what happens if they read faster.

--would the last one out please shut the door--

**you must be the change you wish to see in the world**

RadclyffeGeek's picture

Hey yeah, great ideas! I like

Hey yeah, great ideas! I like the part-way through one :D I'm quite a fast reader myself, so I'm not too sure what deadlines to set- but I'm sure everyone else could help suggest one. Any suggestions on what the first book should be?

xxxLisa

Living is easy with eyes closed, misunderstanding all you see.


Geek It Til' It MHz

Anonymous's picture

Keeping You a Secret Target

Keeping You a Secret
Target

** IMRU? **

RadclyffeGeek's picture

I just Googled 'Keeping You a

I just Googled 'Keeping You a Secret' it looks a great book,and I think it would be a good one for us to start with.
xxxLisa
Living is easy with eyes closed, misunderstanding all you see.


Geek It Til' It MHz

Penumbra's picture

All Systems Go

I'm all for this idea.
Here's what I suggest be done...

1. A few days for everyone to decide on the book. 2 Days for nominations, 2 days for voting.
2. Allow 3 days for people to actually get their hands on the book.
3. Time for reading. Length of book should be factored in.
4. A week of discussion.
5. Repeat.

Idunno, just a suggestion.
That's how I would do it, at least.

supergray's picture

'Keeping you a secret' seems

'Keeping you a secret' seems very YA, though.

How about 'Sarah' by JT LeRoy? Its not a very thick book, so it might be a nice starting point--not a long wait between read-start and discussion.

I like penumbra's time-line idea, too, though for thicker/really long books it might be a good idea to break every so many chapters . . . just to keep momentum and interest.

Daisy's picture

I agree that Keeping You a Se

I agree that Keeping You a Secret isn't a great choice for a first book. Lots of people have already read it, and I think it might be a little... Well, "Y.A." is a good way to put it.

I second the motion that we start with the LeRoy book

Did they love you or what?

Penumbra's picture

Sound alright.

Checked out Sarah, sounds alright.
We could start with that, unless there's no more nominations...
But keep in mind that we have ppl of all age groups here on oasis, probably from 13 up. I'm sure a 13 yr. old could handle Sarah (I just checked it out, definetly some mature themes), but just remember that we have to cater to all ages here.

Daisy's picture

That's a good point

If there's ever a particularly adult book that people want to read, we could always have on month or whatever where there are separate books... So if some people felt like a book was to challenging or disturbing for them, they could just read a different one.

Did they love you or what?

Penumbra's picture

Mhm.

Yep.
Or, they could just pass.

RadclyffeGeek's picture

Awesome plans! It's great tha

Awesome plans! It's great that people are so interested- I thought, originally, that I'd post this thread and then no one would take part :D
xxxLisa

Living is easy with eyes closed, misunderstanding all you see.


Geek It Til' It MHz

supergray's picture

=)

Nope. You, like, started a movement. =)

RadclyffeGeek's picture

Chosen Book

I'm on for whatever you guys want. The choice so far seems to be between 'Sarah' by J.T. Leroy, and 'Keeping You A Secret' by Julie Anne Peters.
I know we could use the poll option for the votes, but seeing as it's only between two (so far) I though we'd just stay on here for now.

xxxLisa

Living is easy with eyes closed, misunderstanding all you see.


Geek It Til' It MHz

NovaCat's picture

Wait, do these books have to

Wait, do these books have to be LGBT-related books? Like, what if, say, this month, everyone read "Catch-22" or something. Then, not only would people be reading and discussing an amazing book, but also, in the future, when your teacher assigns this book, you'll have read it and you'll know what's going on.

Or we could just do queer-related books. That's fine too.

RadclyffeGeek's picture

I'm pretty sure that the book

I'm pretty sure that the books can be about anything, no need to have a GBLT subject. I think we're just starting with GLBT books becuase they were the ones suggested.
xxxxLisa

Living is easy with eyes closed, misunderstanding all you see.


Geek It Til' It MHz