On building a successful group read...

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On building a successful group read...

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1Urquhart
Redigerat: aug 20, 2007, 4:48pm

I would like suggestions re how to go about building a successful thread for having a group read.

The group read we had with Nicholas Nickleby ended with a resounding thud and the current one on Our Mutual Friend is definitely floundering and or expiring as you read this.

Dickens is a wonderful author with lots of wonderful books and when it comes to group reads everyone says yes at the outset but then there is no follow through.

Do people have ideas on how to make a group read successful or is there no such thing?

2sqdancer
aug 22, 2007, 3:19pm

I'm thinking that maybe, for some of us, summer might not be the best time. I know that with yardwork and gardening (in addition to the usual chores and my job), I don't have much focused reading time. I tend to read books that are more easily read in snatches (breaks at work, before bed).

In the fall and winter, I am more likely to read books that should be given more focused attention.

Just my two cents :)

3marysargent
aug 28, 2007, 1:51pm

I'm interested but haven't joined the group read yet because I had other things going on at the time and didn't think I could catch up. Maybe if it were announced 3-4 weeks in advance? Maybe if there were more of a schedule? What if you picked books for a year, say one every 2-3 months so people could plan way in advance? And what if you didn't worry about revealing plot details to slower readers? What if you just stuck to a schedule, say so many chapters a week or some such thing, and if people were behind they'd know not to read the thread yet? Just some thoughts.

4Urquhart
aug 28, 2007, 2:28pm

marysargent
Many thanks for all the ideas; they sound useful.

5fannyprice
sep 2, 2007, 5:03pm

>3 marysargent:, I second those ideas. I really wanted to participate in the group read for OMF, but I got off track and didn't get the book ordered, etc, etc. and things got away from me. If things were scheduled a little further in advance, I could prepare better. :)