Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Scholar's Blog Book Discussion Group


This is something I've been wondering about for a while, and the experience of being on the Cybils nominations committee and discussing children's and YA books with such a diverse group of people has made me decide to at least propose it. I'm thinking of starting a book discussion group and hosting it on my Blog - specifically over on the Spoiler Zone Blog (then our spoilerish discussions won't worry anyone who hasn't yet read the book under discussion !)... Is anyone interested in participating ? The idea I had is to nominate a book at the beginning of the month and then at the end of that month/beginning of the next, initiate a discussion which would then continue in the comments ? I will try to nominate books that are available here and elsewhere. I want to discuss older books as well as new ones, which one cannot always do in other contexts. I don't plan for the discussions to be intensely scholarly, so don't be put off if you don't have a literature degree - and it's in no way intended to be an onerous task ! The aim is to have a friendly, intelligent discussion of some good books.

Please let me know if you'd be interested in participating...

21 comments:

Sheila said...

I think it sounds like fun! Count me in. I may not be able to participate every month, but I'd like to at least some of the time.

Mummy B said...

I would definately be interested :) Happy to hear one doesn't need a literature degree to participate....I am simply an Australian housewife who as a part of her daily routine, hides from the children in the toilet and escapes into a book ;)

Michele said...

That's OK, Sheila - there's absolutely no obligation to participate every month - I might pick a book you don't want to discuss !

Definitely no literature degrees needed, Mummy B !

Kelly said...

Heck, I'm always up for a challenge, Michele. Count me in...

Michele said...

Excellent Kelly !

Erin said...

Like Sheila, I don't know if I'll be able to do it every month, but otherwise count me in!

Michele said...

Excellent !

I'll post an announcement of the first book and the discussion start date at some point over the weekend (I'm currently torn between two books so need to decide !)

They won't all be fantasy books, but of course there will be a fantasy bias !

Camille said...

I would love to discuss!!

Camille said...

p.s.
Gosh you are a busy girl! I see you are keeping up with Child_Lit posts too. I bow to you!

Michele said...

Camille that's great !

I do know the dictionary definition of relaxation - but that's about it ! *grins*

Jen Robinson said...

Interesting idea. I had noticed that the nominating committee for Cybils Young Adult Fiction is also still discussing things in their Yahoo group - I think that finding people to directly discuss books with is a side benefit of the Cybils process. Anyway, I like your idea. Definitely count me in!

Michele said...

Hooray ! I'm glad you're willing to join in, Jen...

Maya said...

I'd love to join in, if I may. You really can't go wrong with Susan Cooper.

Michele said...

You may ! Anyone can join in...

Little Willow said...

Count me in! Do you have an LJ syndicated feed? Email me and let me know.

Emmaco said...

I've never commented here before, so hello! I'd love to take part in the group.

Michele said...

Welcome aboard ladies !

LW, I'll put a link to my Syndicated Feed on the front page of my Blog. I don't actually have one for the Spoiler Zone Blog, but will set that up today...

actinggal said...

Hello! I found your blog through MissErin. I would Love to participate in a book discussion!!

Michele said...

Welcome aboard...

Sara said...

This sounds exciting! I'm all in!

Michele said...

Great !! Welcome Sara...