My friends recently started (in reality) their own little Book Club. We are reading 'The House of Seven Gables' by Hawthorne for our trip to Salem...and the House of Seven Gables.
Anyway, since I love reading and always need book suggestions, plus having no one to discuss them with (I miss class!!), why not make a book club here?
I always found critical analysis of books great for writing as it makes you consider themes, meanings as well as see different interpretations of others. It makes you value how others think and question why they see it that way.
We could all suggest books, pick one for a month to read, and than discuss here at the end of the month. :]
Should we make a different forum topic for each book we discuss?
I was thinking, just as a convenient label, we can have each topic be "Online Book Club: (Insert Name of Book Here)." That way people that may have missed our plans to discuss it can at least join the conversation if they see its a book that they're familiar with. Maybe that way we can get more people involved? Just a thought.
I am going this month on the 23rd through the 25th!
my computer crashed? some so did I...
Are you going on a haunted house tour?
I have a friend who got marreid in salem during haloween season...
I hope you have fun and take pictures and write a hub......I wish I was going....
Yes, I am definitely going on a few tours like that ,eheh. That's a really cool date and place to have a marriage I must say.
Thanks. I do intend to write a hub on it!!
theageofcake: Haha, well, I need to make a list no doubt.
I guess a book I've been wanting to reread is Dante's Inferno.
Or Hemingway's Old Man By the Sea is on my personal list as well.
I've been stuck in the habit of reading only classics (which is always great...they are classics for a reason), but I'd like some 'newer' fiction suggestions for the list too.
I guess if I can get this thread active I can compile a few books from everyone and we can layout what months to read them.
Do you have any in mind?
Its funny that you mention Dante's Inferno. My brother, a high school senior, is reading that for one of his English courses. I think that would be a great pick for a group discussion.
One method we could use in our search for newer fiction could be finding current or upcoming movie adaptations of books and reading the source material. That's really general, but it could be a fairly easy and fun way of finding things we might not get into otherwise.
Some examples: Rabbit Hole, The Road, The Lovely Bones...
Oh, and the Hobbit! Less contemporary but certainly relevant since the movie is in the early stages of production.
In the meantime, we definitely do need more people on board.
I've only read Dante's Inferno in Italian that's why it came to mine.
That's a great idea actually...I guess I'd assume they are good since they are being made into books.
I read the Hobbit a few years ago and as a fan of LOTR, it is awesome as well...kinda excited for the movie. I definitely reread it.
Come on folks...we join in with us! It's a two man band atm! :s
This sounds like a great idea. I too have been seeking someone with whom to discuss the books I've been reading, and with a little bit of coordination, I think we could get some really intelligent conversation going on this site.
Did you have any specific books in mind?
I'm going to read Leaves of Grass by Whitman...someone else read it so we can discuss it. :B
I too read The Hobbit a good while ago. For some reason I liked it even better than LOTR.
I'm gonna read Leaves of Grass too. We could discuss it at the end of the month, if it's ok with you.
Ah! I missed this message before.
I would like to join this discussion, especially since this collection features my favorite Walt Whitman poem, "Song of Myself."
I can integrate whenever someone gets it going (i'm guessing that will be you, tori). Anyway, can't wait.
Good Books I recently have read:
The Glass castle by Jennette Wallls
Eat, Love, Pray by Elizabeth Gilbert
I've read the glass castle too. That's a great memoir, especially if you contrast it with Angela's Ashes or 'Tis.
torimari, you wrote: I always found critical analysis of books great for writing as it makes you consider themes, meanings as well as see different interpretations of others. It makes you value how others think and question why they see it that way.
I doubt I'll participate but I'd love to follow this thread. My son (15) is always annoyed because he doesn't understand how others think at all, hates to read anything but Tolkien and sees no point to analyzing a book. He's in a literature class this year and has grudgingly admitted it may be helping him understand some things he didn't before - he's a linear, literal thinker, much prefers numbers and calculations.
All this rambling to say that your stated reasons for this club sound very helpful and interesting.
Hi, good idea. I love good books.
I just wrote two hubs on some relevant, reading!
These books are so interesting, and helpful.
Check it out, I'd love to know what you think on the titles.
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