Group Read Administration questions
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2. Should we worry about "spoiling" the book for others in the group read? I see the argument that to comment may deprive the slower reader (for whatever reason) of the electric joy of discovery. On the other hand, it seems such a rule would discourage discussion of the book---which to me is the point of a group read.
1. We usually have a very loosely set timeframe. The beauty of the message boards is that people can read them later if they read the book later than others in the group. Of course, there isn't much dialog happening at that point.
2. The reason we split threads up by chapters or sections is partly to avoid spoilers. If I see there are comments on Part III and I'm still on Part I, e.g., I don't read Part III (unless I'm one of those who LIKES spoilers!) It seems to be working out pretty well that way. So no, don't worry about spoilers if you're posting to the correct thread.
What do you see as the goal of the group read? As I dont see the benefit of a person reading later and not being part of the discussion.
2. There werent chapter threads (or even Foreword, Poem, Commentary, Index threads)on PF and I remember an authoritarian post saying that discussing vocabulary and style would spoil the book for others.
I am pretty new to this group so I had no idea on the time frame for things. I thought it was to read Pale Fire first and read TFS. I took three weeks between them, so I know I'm behind the discussion but I still look forward to read discussion as I go through the book. It would be nice to know the time frame because even though I'm quite late I was very surprised to see a post asking for what we wanted to read next. I didn't think I was that late (apparently I am).
What is the goal of the group read?
I agree in your thoughts about the goal of the group read. But we might make an APPROXIMATE ending date, and decide when to suggest (and vote for) new books to read.
Like semckibbin I'm wondering when TFS is supposed to end. Who are reading the saga, where are you in the book, and when do you think you'll finish??
I'm reading To Let and will finish it in two/three weeks.
Let's give everyone around 20 days to finish other books.
Select a new book by May 15th; give members a chance to find a copy of the book and start reading around the 20th.
We will need to come up with a list of about 5 books by May 7th so we can have a week for final voting.
Let's call this "Plan A"... does someone want to propose a plan B?
But, if and when I *do* get around to reading it, I shall at least read the comments here from other people. :)
I'm not quite ready (obviously) to jump into another book yet, a couple of weeks at least would be good as we pfaff about choosing the next book, and then sourcing it for those of us who don't have it on their shelves, etc.
(PS, I'm a fan of pfaffing. Who wants to be definite and absolute all the time?)
It is not too late to start. I am still at the beginning. Plus, I have my daughter's graduation coming up to slow me down. I am enjoying the book so far, just not moving at the speed of light. By the way, I went to dictionary.com for pfaff and it was not in there. What does it mean? Have a great day and I hope that your project has ended.
It takes us longer to select a book than it does for most people to read the selection. This is fine.
Our loosey goosey style with this group is just fine the way it is. How many of us are going to read a 1,200 pager if we know we have to do it in a set time frame?
As far as discussion is concerned, if you are afraid of spoilers, don't read the discussion.
I will say, I am for selecting one book at a time, but can live with two.
Geneg, what was the movie? Sounds interesting.
#14> Welcome aboard! Rule Number 1: don't talk about Pfaffing Fan Club. :)
And I shall try and start TFS at some stage, but don't hold your breath. (I do like how we don't have a rigorous & strict schedule here.)
Hi semckibbin -
I saw this thread, and thought you might like some advice from another Moderator. I am Co-Moderator of
The Highly-Rated Book Group
and this is how we set up our threads:
Last Book Read:
The Blind Assassin: Early Spring 2009 Reading Group
If you notice, my Co-Moderator and I created a different thread for each Book Chapter, and additional threads to assist people in understanding posting, the Book Timeline and more.
Obviously, there are a few additional threads you don't need (prizes, etc), but the general outline is there and is re-used for each of our reads. Feel free to use what works for you, and ignore what doesn't.
Hope I've helped!
How do you go about choosing your books? Just curious. Our system is bulky, to say the least!
hi, vintage_books... I'm curious too on your opinion of the best way to select a group read book?
I just ask that each book have questions already published if possible, as it makes our group and my work easier.
I'd be happy to give more information if you'd like to know more details.