How do you select your book?

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How do you select your book?

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1angstrat
helmikuu 11, 2007, 6:05pm

How far in advance do you make your selections? Do you vote or have a member make a selection?

My group has gone through different methods since its inception. We used to pick something by general consensus for the following month, but that was sometimes difficult. Now we usually pick two months in advance. One member brings two or three selections and then the group decides between those options. We've only been choosing books this way for a couple of months, but it's working pretty well so far.

What does your group do?

2clamairy
helmikuu 11, 2007, 7:12pm

I'm in two clubs. We are all invited to submit selections for the Library Club. Then the leader compiles a list. Sadly, many of the members chose not to submit, so we end up with the leader filling in more of his own selections. Luckily he makes decent choices most of the time. We often know the whole year in advance.

The other club is made up of all women, and each month we put book titles in a hat (or bowl) and select one.

3benneju Ensimmäinen viesti
Muokkaaja: helmikuu 14, 2007, 11:35am

I also am in two book clubs.

In one the leader picks all the books and picks them for the year. In the other, we rotate choosing the books and pick one for the next month. Both clubs are connected to a public library and the books are interlibrary loaned.

There are good things about both methods. I enjoy reading books that I might not normally pick...that is the main reason for my being in these clubs. Sometimes we have to delay one of our choices because the book is too "hot". We even have read Young Adult books (although we are definitely not a young adult group). The latest is "A Mango-shaped Space" by Wendy Mass. I very much enjoyed it. The other club's pick was "Lucia, Lucia". I enjoyed the story even though it was obvious where the story was heading.

4miss_read
maaliskuu 20, 2007, 2:45pm

In the beginning, my Book Club chose books by consensus. Anyone with recommendations would bring them to our meetings and make the case for their picks. Unfortunately, we found that the same few people were doing all the choosing while others never had a say. Now we take turns selecting ... but I've found that the people who were comfortable not choosing in the past had good reasons for keeping quiet! Their choices are dreadful! It would be funny if I didn't have to read the rubbish they choose. I know, I know, it's all part of being in a group and reading things you otherwise might not read - but sometimes you just have to ask, "WHY????!!"

5clamairy
maaliskuu 20, 2007, 4:28pm

#4 - That is very funny, miss_read! I have chosen not to finish certain book club selections if they are just too awful. I know there are people who haven't liked some of my choices as well. For instance, The God of Small Things wasn't hugely popular in my group, and I adored that book. I also picked A Confederacy of Dunces without having read it myself, and several people didn't even finish it they disliked it so much. I thought it was interesting, but it wasn't a WOW book. I'm not quite sure how it won the Pulitzer.

6barleywine
maaliskuu 20, 2007, 8:04pm

All the members of the group submit up to 3 choices. Then, on Choosing Day the moderator brings as many of the books that are in the system (this is held in a library) and we talk about them and each member gets one choice out of the books present. So, depending how many people show up on C.D. that determines how many books we will read (one a month).

7pollux
toukokuu 13, 2007, 12:05pm

We each bring 1 to 3 books we would like the group to read. The member gives a short synopsis of each book they brought and then we vote for one book. Majority rules. That becomes the book for one month and that member will be the leader for that meeting. Then we do the same for our remaining 9 members.

At our last meeting of the year, we also bring all our personal books we have read throughout the year and have a book exchange. The leftovers are donated to our town's community book sale

8Nickelini
kesäkuu 1, 2007, 1:17pm

I've belonged to this book club for about 4 years, but it's been running for over 10. This is how we pick our books:

The club year runs September to June (10 months). The September meeting is at a local Chapters bookstore (the Canadian version of B&N). The manager usually provides some chairs that we can put in a circle. Everyone picks some possibilities from the shelves, or brings them along, and then gives a little talk on why they think that book would be good for our group. Usually some books get discarded through this process (too many people have already read it, unsuitable book after all, etc.). Then we vote on the remaining books. Each person gets 8 votes. We then assign the top books to one of 8 months. We leave two months open just to be flexible. Sometimes it's too difficult to get copies of the books we've selected, other times some other great book comes along that everyone wants to read. Sometimes we read the 8 we pick in the first 8 months, and then pick the last 2 in spring.

At our final meeting in June we try to pick a summer book to discuss at the September meeting. This doesn't always work and sometimes we just agree to individually talk about what we've read when we see each other in September.

I think this system works really well.