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Saturday, November 1, 2008

Thanks You Gize!

I just wanted to say a big thanks to everyone who participated in the discussion Thursday night!
How do you think it went you gize?

I thought it was fun, but it was sickeningly fast. I found myself struggling to form coherent thoughts because I was just trying to keep up with the fast-paced discussion. I feel like we missed important points because of this. (See what Queso said about mockingjay bird pin girl on her blog. So true, I think.)
Any ideas how to improve the situation?

Anyway, I enjoyed reading the reviews left on readers' blogs and I'm glad everyone really liked the book. Thanks to Landee for nominating it. It was the best book I ever read, in my humble existence, and reading it was quite the monumental experience, so I can die in peace now. What? Too dramatic? Peeta!!!!

So anyone up for nominating the next book? Don't worry, you don't HAVE to host if your book is chosen (you can totally say no thanks), and your nomination will be respected (with perhaps a respectable amount of teasing if necessary) whether or not it's chosen. So put your noms out there you gize. Or at least start a dialog about it in the comments.

Ultimately, I'll pick four noms.


21 comments:

Jenny ESP said...

Markie concurred with Shel on the TGS situation, seeing as it's out-of-print and difficult to find. Landee tried to find it at her library to no avail, so that route might be out for some people as well. Anyone who wants to read it, but doesn't want to fork out the bucks, is welcome to borrow my copy after I finish it. What are friends for? But no keepsies.

I'm gonna go through my closet, surf the web, and stuff like that, and hopefully I'll come back with something to nom. We can bring back old noms too if you gize think.

Landee said...

I'm fresh out of nominations.

I AM enjoying "Cold Sassy Tree" by Olive Ann Burns although it is taking me FOREVER to get through it (not b/c it's a slow book but b/c I've been so busy blogging, reviewing, going to Seattle, etc). My MIL wants me to call her the second I'm done with it so she can tell me how it caused a "ruckus" in her book club a few years ago.... intrigued? Me too.

Plus, it would be chock full of inside jokes/terms/spelling of stuff. And definitely a change of pace from the sci-fi stuff we've been reading as of late.

So what the ayche... I nominate Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns.

samandlysander said...

I'm nominating Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins. I read some pretty good things about it and I loved the hunger games so much I don't see how she could write a bad book.

Landee said...

As for how the discussion went, I loved it. But I'm quick on my feet sooooo.....

I mean, the only way we could improve it is if we all met somewhere IRL... right?

I asked Gty to take a guess at how many comments we had for our book club discussion and he was like "50?" HA! Silly, silly Giggity.

Memzy said...

When I told Shed we were up in the 300's he just rolled his eyes and said, 'That's great." real humoring-me like. Who cares! It was awesome!

I would like to nominate" The Red Tent" by Anita Diamant. I love this book when I read it a few years ago and would love to re-read it. I would also like to nominate "The Know-It-All: One Man's Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World" by A.J. Jacobs. It is heeelarious and a true story. Which I would also love to read again.

Is it fair to nominate TWO? Oh well.

Markie23 said...

I anticipated that it was going to be fast and furious and I wanted to get in my major review points and still be able to keep up with the comments and comment on other peoples comments, so I made some notes on the computer ahead of time so I could cut-and-paste them during the discussion. Maybe it would have been better to put my review on my own blog, and just use the comment link for... comments. Actually I think that is what Jenny said to do.
But here is another suggestion. Let me know what you think of this idea. At the designated meeting time everyone posts their own review on this site (separate posts for each review), and the host creates an empty post titled Comments, or Discussion where the live discussion, and all comments for that book and for all the posted reviews go. That way there is still only one site that you have to go to for all the reviews, and instead of having to look in the comments of each review we all put our comments and have our live discussion in one spot. Make sense?
It might help slow things down just a little, and reduce the car sickness from scrolling up and down so much.
Also if it was a Friday or Saturday night I might stay up a little longer - though I will never try and outlast Sara.

eekareek said...

No one could possibly beat me when it comes to putting in the last word.

eekareek said...

Okay, I nominate Dead Until Dark.
It is an 8 book series about...VAMPIRES!!!!!!! But not the boring Washington vampires, they are southern vampires so they are real respectable like. I have no clue what the book is about, I just googled books, scrolled through a few pages on BarnesandNoble.com and saw vampire. Need I say more. The new HBO t.v. series True Blood was based on these books. I have no idea if this is a pervert book or not soooo......

Emily said...

The book club review discussion was a little much for me. I tuned in late (after 200 plus comments) and was way overwhelmed. I had to take a Dramamine and go lay down. Also, I don't know if anyone really got their point heard/understood cuz it was just too fast. You guys probably didn't even know I commented:) I like Mark's idea. I think if we all put our own reviews on, then have each other comment that way, it would be much easier and may actually stay on topic although I got a good laugh out of all your guys' silliness. As far as a new book nom goes, I don't have a preference...

Mary said...

I think Mark is onto something with his suggestion for the club. Sounds like it would work great. I'd like to nominate "The Keeper of the Bees" by Gene Stratton Porter. Love that book! It's an oldie, but I know it's still in print,though you might have to order it.

ManicMandee said...

I agree with Mark's plan of attack. I missed the actual meeting time so I didn't get to see how it all played out myself. But I think that it's super cool how we are doing this and how kinks are gradually getting worked out to make the perfect online book club. Great job Jenny!
I have no nominations myself.

Krissy and Jason said...

The review was a little fast and furious. I am not as quick on my feet as landee so i gave up after awhile and just frosted myself in mud and laid there with my eyes open laughing at all your witty comments until my husband begged me to come watch "the office". I did like sara's exit though, way to hang in there!

As far as nominations, well i am not necessarily nominating this book because it is a really really long one, but it is my most favorite book, The Far Pavillions by M.M. Kaye. Just thought i would throw it out there so you can add it to your reading list.

Jenny ESP said...

^K--no way! My mom's gonna freak cuz The Far Pavilions is her most favorite book. She recommended it to me a long time ago, and it's also one of my favorites. SO good. But it is long (close to 1,000 pages, I think). But it's so good! What do you gize think? Too long?

Yeah, I originally thought we could all post our reviews on here, and then meet for discussion at a specific time, but then thought it might turn into a big complicated mess of scrolling. I think we should try it and see if it works better. We might get a better discussion going if everyone has a chance to get their thoughts across first.

So, Shel gave me another idea. I was thinking we could post other book recommendations/reviews on this blog, books that might not make a good book club choice (cuz maybe it's out of print or too long or too vulgar--j/k). I am always on the look-out for a good book recommendation. What do you think you gize?

quesetescapa said...

Hmmm... is it selfish to hold back nominations because I want to read something new?

If it is, I will officially recommend Watership Down because it used to be my favoritist of all time. If I were being honest though, the book I would most want to read with this crowd would be the Orson Scott Card Homecoming Saga books to see what people think about the controversial parallel to the Libro de Mormón...

In terms of format I liked the rushy/fast-paced bit. I think we could do both- like for those who like the roller derby they can show at the assigned time here but then everyone can post on their own afterwards and link it back here for people to read at their own pace. OR you could just format it in a way where everyone focuses on one topic until the host changes. Like this:

Topic: Peeta or Gale? Go! Then everyone comments on JUST that topic until the moderator says "Topic: Cutting out tongues of rebels? Go!"

Markie23 said...

I'm all for cutting out the tongues of rebels, and then using them in a nice squirrel stew.

Cristin said...

I don't have a nomination..but something from Europe or about Europe or takes place in Europe would be great... I'm dying to go.

The discussion was funny, fast paced and I missed almost the whole thing, so I can't say much beside that. I think it was alright though and I do like that we only comment on one blog.

Mary said...

I love M.M. Kaye and all of her books on India. "The Far Pavillions" is her best book, but it is very long. I also love "Zimmendar" by Valerie Fitzgerald. It also takes place in India and is centered around the sepoy uprising like M.M. Kaye's books. But I'm still pushing for "The Keeper of the Bees" because it's a bit shorter and a wonderful book.

Memzy said...

If we are allowed to request long books than I am nominating my favorite book of ALL time: The Exodus by Leon Uris.

Landee said...

Srsly Jenny.... since I happen to know that you fall in love with the male characters in books... Ari Ben Canaan will have you swooning for the rest of your life.

The Exodus by Leon Uris

Plus, I want a reason to read it again.

Memzy said...

Ari!! Oh Ari!!

Sam, Shel & Co said...

I would read The Exodus. Already read Far Pavilions, but it was a great book.