Tuesday, August 2, 2011

A New Direction

We seem to not be reading anything.

For everything, a season. I'm wondering what you guys think about making this a place where we can post notes on what we're currently reading rather than choosing a book and reading together.


BettyDuffy said...

Or if anyone has a book they would like to read together, we can do that more serendipitously.

Melanie B said...

I feel a bit guilty because I seem to have been the one to derail us with my indecisiveness. I'm having major difficulty reading right now and I'm not sure why. In the past two months I think I've actually finished one book. I've started about ten; but only finished one of them. It makes me sad, but I suspect the only way things will improve right now is if I get off the internet altogether. That wouldn't exactly improve the situation vis a vis this group, however.

Maybe we should just call this summer vacation and try to start up again in the fall? I'm currently very optimistic that somehow September's arrival is going to magically change everything.

Enbrethiliel said...


Betty, one reason I haven't been participating as often as I know I should is that my book budget isn't as big as it used to be. Unless I already own the book of the month, can borrow it from a friend, or luck out and find a used copy at a bargain price, I just can't afford to read it. =(

I'm totally game if you want to make this more of a book blog than a book club blog! If everyone can commit to at least one "What I'm Reading" post a month (or comment on a "What I'm Reading" discussion thread), I definitely think we'll have more activity. =) And of course, stories about having trouble getting into books or being too busy to read will still be on topic! =)

Melanie, I went through a similar slump a couple of months ago. I couldn't finish a single book I started--and I started (and discarded) about six. =( The only books I could finish were "lighter" reads and those I had absolutely committed to for June (because of a blog event I had announced in advance). But sure enough, July's arrival really did "magically change everything" for me--so I think your gut instinct about September will prove to be right. =)

BettyDuffy said...

I hope this doesn't come across as a chastisement. I have similar issues with acquiring books since we live in the middle of nowhere, and there's also a selfish part of me that wants to read just what I want to read, and then speak about it into the abyss.

How about if we revisit the idea of reading the same book in a month or so, and until then, anyone post on whatever they want.

Otepoti said...

I'd enjoy chipping in with someone else's reading choices. I seem to be past my personal peak reading years. Since my future reading likely won't be life-changing, the interest for me will be the nosey one of seeing how your reading is impacting upon you all.


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Enbrethiliel said...


I didn't take it as chastisement at all! =) If anything, I was glad to see we were talking about the "elephant in the room."

Just taking a break for a month or so sounds good. Perhaps we'll get lucky and find ourselves all on the same page (in a manner of speaking) after then!

mrsdarwin said...

Melanie, that's funny, because I'd been feeling like _I_ derailed the group, simply by virtue of my laziness in Ohio spreading in waves across the reading group.

I would love to move for a time to a personal books format -- it would give us all a great source of reading material to draw on. Though really, right now, I just want to follow Otepoti's journey. The rest is just gravy.