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Anatomy of Melancholy group reading

I'd like to set up a group reading of Robert Burton's The Anatomy of Melancholy, but I'm not sure how to go about gauging interest and I'm massively out of the loop of LJ communities.

So here's a toe in the water:
1. would you be interested in taking part?
2. do you know of communities/groups (they don't have to be on LJ, though the reading will be done through a community here) that would be interested?

Here's the Wiki entry and the e-text for the book.

Jan. 19th, 2010

How far are we in Alice and Wonderland? 

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

I think we got off to a fairly good start. Don't forget that you can still join into  the " A Rose for Emily" discussion here.

Let's make our first book a fun and easy one! Taking a cue from the suggestion post (which you can add to here), this month's book will be Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carrol.


If you'd rather not purchase a copy, you can find the text here and here and many more places on the Internet. I'll post the official discussion post in a few days (any suggestions as to when?).

Happy reading! 

Official Discussion Post: A Rose For Emily

Just a few questions to get the ball rolling. Feel free to either post new questions or add more to the comments - whichever you think would best facilitate discussion. This is all new to me. These questions are taken from or inspired by various study sites.

1) What was your overall reaction to the story? 
2) Why do you suppose Tobe stayed with Emily? 
3) What's up with the title? Where is Emily's "rose?" 
4) Notice references to the Civil War in this story.  Where do they occur?  How does that war play a role in the story?
5) What purpose is served by telling us that the Negro "walked right through the house and out the back and was not seen again"?

A Rose for Emily

For now, I shall select a short story suggested earlier. This week, we shall discuss "A Rose for Emily" by William Faulkner. I shall put up an official discussion post for it tomorrow, but feel free to post any discussion questions you think might be interesting. Join in whenever you'd like! The short story can be found here or here

I'm thinking about how we should format this. I have this ridiculously ambitious idea of discussing 1 short selection a week and 1 long selection a month. In the end, it all depends on what people are interested in. How long does it take you finish a book? 

Official Suggestion Post

Okay, I should stop doing this so half-assed. This is our new official suggestion post! Let me know what you're interesting in reading. Please let me know if it's a novel, a short story, or a nonfiction work (short or long). Feel free to go through the comments and second whatever you're interested in. I'll choose one based on popularity.

Short story time! SUGGESTIONS PLEASE

Whoohoo, I'm a mod now! The power... the POWER!!!

Anyway, since this crashed and burned the first time around (most lj book clubs do, I've noticed - it's hard to get everybody to read a book at once), I thought we would take baby steps this time around. I thought it would be best to read a short story easy for all of us to access online if we're too lazy to go to the library. How does everybody feel about that? 

So here's the real question: what's your favorite short story that no longer has copyright? 

Jan. 4th, 2010

Let's do this again! Anybody here? In the spirit of AMA, I'll ask a question: what do you think would be a fun book to discuss? 

The BBC believes most people will have read only 6 of the 100 books here. How do your reading habits stack up? (Yes, I know there are a couple books that are part of another book's series...I counted both if I've read both.)

Instructions: Copy this into your Post. Look at the list and put an X after those you have read. Tag other book nerds.

Adams, Douglas - Hitchhiker’s Guide to Galaxy, The - X
Adams, Richard - Watership Down - X
Albom, Mitch - Five People You Meet In Heaven, The - X
Alcott, Louisa M - Little Women - X
Atwood, Margaret - Handmaid’s Tale, The - X
Austen, Jane - Emma -
Austen, Jane - Persuasion -
Austen, Jane - Pride and Prejudice -
Austen, Jane - Sense and Sensibility -
Banks, Iain - Wasp Factory, The -
Blyton, Enid - Faraway Tree Collection, The -
Bronte, Charlotte - Jane Eyre - X
Bronte, Emily - Wuthering Heights - X
Brown, Dan - Da Vinci Code, The - X
Bryson, Bill - Notes From A Small Island -
Byatt, AS - Possession -
Carroll, Lewis - Alice in Wonderland - X
Collins, Wilkie - Woman in White, The -
Conrad, Joseph - Heart of Darkness - X
Dahl, Roald - Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - X
Dante - Inferno, The - X
DeBernieres, Louis - Captain Corelli’s Mandolin -
DeSaint Exupery, Antoine - Little Prince, The - X
Dickens, Charles - Bleak House - X
Dickens, Charles - Christmas Carol, A - X
Dickens, Charles - David Copperfield - X
Dickens, Charles - Great Expectations - X
Dickens, Charles - Oliver Twist - X
Dickens, Charles - Tale Of Two Cities, A - X
Dostoyevsky, Fyodor - Crime and Punishment -
Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan - Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, The - X
Dumas, Alexandre - Count of Monte Cristo, The -
Dumas, Alexandre - Three Musketeers, The -
DuMaurier, Daphne - Rebecca - X
Eliot, George - Middlemarch -
Faulk, Sebastian - Birdsong -
Fielding, Helen - Bridget Jones’s Diary -
Fitzgerald, F Scott - Great Gatsby, The - X
Flaubert, Gustave - Madame Bovary - X
Garcia Marquez, Gabriel - Love In The Time Of Cholera -
Garcia Marquez, Gabriel - One Hundred Years of Solitude -
Gibbons, Stella - Cold Comfort Farm -
Golden, Arthur - Memoirs of a Geisha - X
Golding, William - Lord of the Flies - X
Grahame, Kenneth - Wind in Willows, The - X
Haddon, Mark - Curious Incident of Dog in Night, The -
Hardy, Thomas - Far From The Madding Crowd -
Hardy, Thomas - Jude the Obscure -
Hardy, Thomas - Tess of the D’Urbervilles -
Heller, Joseph - Catch 22 - X
Herbert, Frank - Dune -
Hodgson, Frances - Secret Garden, The - X
Hosseini, Khaled - Kite Runner, The -
Hugo, Victor - Les Miserables - X
Huxley, Aldous - Brave New World - X
Irving, John - Prayer for Owen Meaney, A -
Ishiguro, Kazuo - Remains of Day, The -
Joyce, James - Ulysses -
Kennedy Toole, John - Confederacy of Dunces, A -
Kerouac, Jack - On The Road -
Lee, Harper - To Kill a Mockingbird -
Lewis, CS - Chronicles of Narnia - X
Lewis, CS - Lion, Witch and Wardrobe, The - X
Makepeace Thackeray, William - Vanity Fair -
Martel, Yann - Life of Pi, The -
McEwan, Ian - Atonement -
Melville, Herman - Moby Dick -
Milne, AA - Winnie the Pooh - X
Mistry, Rohinton - Fine Balance, A -
Mitchell, David - Cloud Atlas -
Mitchell, Margaret - Gone With The Wind -
Montgomery, LM - Anne of Green Gables -
Nabokov, Vladimir - Lolita -
Niffenegger, Audrey - Time Traveler’s Wife, The -
Orwell, George - Animal Farm - X
Orwell, George - Nineteen Eighty Four - X
Pullman, Philip - His Dark Materials -
Ransome, Arthur - Swallows and Amazons -
Rowling, JK - Harry Potter (Series) -
Ruiz Zafon, Carlos - Shadow of Wind, The -
Rushdie, Salman - Midnight’s Children -
Salinger, JD - Catcher in the Rye - X
Sebold, Alice - Lovely Bones, The - X
Seth, Vikram - Suitable Boy, A -
Shakespeare, William - Complete Works of Shakespeare, The -
Shakespeare, William - Hamlet - X
Shute, Nevil - Town Like Alice, A -
Steinbeck, John - Grapes of Wrath -
Steinbeck, John - Of Mice and Men - X
Stoker, Bram - Dracula - X
Tartt, Donna - Secret History, The -
Tolkien, JRR - Hobbit, The -
Tolkien, JRR - Lord of Rings, The -
Tolstoy, Leo - Anna Karenina -
Tolstoy, Leo - War and Peace -
Walker, Alice - Color Purple, The -
White, EB - Charlotte’s Web - X
Zola, Emile - Germinal -
Bible, The - X

Feb. 5th, 2009

Hello AMA_Bookclub!

It's time for us to choose our first book! For the sake of being fair, I chose one book from each of your suggestion lists. Please select your first, second and third choices. If you have any objections to this selection process, please speak up!



Poll #1344099 First Book Selection!
Open to: Friends, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 28

First Choice

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The Story of Edgar Sawtelle- David Wrobleski
2 (7.1%)
Let The Right One In- John Ajvide Lindqvist
4 (14.3%)
Lolita- Vladimir Nabokov
9 (32.1%)
The Curious Incident of The Dog In The Night-Time- Mark Haddon
3 (10.7%)
The Girl In The Flammable Skirt: Stories-
3 (10.7%)
House of Leaves- Mark Z. Danielewski
2 (7.1%)
Stranger In A Strange Land- Richard Heinlein
0 (0.0%)
One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest- Ken Kesey
5 (17.9%)

Second Choice

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The Story of Edgar Sawtelle
1 (3.6%)
Let The Right One In
1 (3.6%)
Lolita
4 (14.3%)
The Curious Incident of The Dog in The Night-Time
4 (14.3%)
The Girl In The Flammable Skirt: Stories
3 (10.7%)
House Of Leaves
4 (14.3%)
Stranger In A Strange Land
8 (28.6%)
One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest
3 (10.7%)

Third Choice

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The Story of Edgar Sawtelle
1 (3.6%)
Let The Right One In
1 (3.6%)
Lolita
3 (10.7%)
The Curious Incident of The Dog In The
3 (10.7%)
The Girl In The Flammable Skirt: Stories
0 (0.0%)
House of Leaves
5 (17.9%)
Stranger In A Strange Land
5 (17.9%)
One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest
10 (35.7%)

Do you like this format for selecting books?

View Answers
Yes
26 (96.3%)
No
0 (0.0%)
Other
1 (3.7%)

How long do you think the selection polls should stay open?

View Answers
1 Day
0 (0.0%)
3 Days
16 (57.1%)
1 Week
11 (39.3%)
Other
1 (3.6%)

Once a book is selected, how much time should members be given to acquire the book?

View Answers
3 Days
0 (0.0%)
1 Week
21 (75.0%)
2 Weeks
7 (25.0%)
Other
0 (0.0%)

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