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BIC book club!

Some of us here have expressed an interest in a book club, myself, @mermadelove, @LCResz, @ZombieMetroAnt, @Mcakes. If you'd be interested in joining, reply below. My initial thought was to mail the books around but if it means that some people can't participate, then I'm all for dropping that requirement. I'd love this to be a place where we nominate our favorite book and others can read it and comment. Something fun for the new year!  ETA: the booklist:

1. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng (16)
1. Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie (16)
3. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (13)
4. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (11)
4. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson (11)
4. Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie (11)
7. Exit West by Mohsin Hamid (10)
7. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (10)
7. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (10) Discussion begins 8-13.
7. The Wedding Dress by Rachel Hauck (10) Discussion begin 9-2.
11. The Fault in our Stars by John Green (9) Time to discuss 9-26
11. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (9) Now discussing below.
11. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro (9)
11. What Happened by Hilary Clinton (9) Now discussing below.
11. Fall of Giants by Ken Follett (9) Start reading now.
11. The Woman on the Orient Express by Lindsay Ashford (9)
11. milk and honey by Rupi Kaur (9)
18. A Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (8)
18. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty (8)
18. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (8)
18. Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell (8)
18. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D.H. Lawrence (8)
18. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen (8)
18. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (8)
18. The Paper Magician by Charlie Holmberg (8)
18. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien (8)
18. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo (8)
18. Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman (8)
18. The White Queen by Phillipa Gregory (8)

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Re: Hey book loves! I wasn't sure when to start the next book...

Thanks @Titian06 that does help. I will do that going forward. Also ladies I won't read The Wedding Dress after all. I will jump back in on The Fault in our Stars. I have read it prior, but will reread it to jog my memory.  

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@prettyinpa I’m halfway through The Book Thief and I find it a very easy read. I think I’ll be done by Friday.

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@fatimamummy-  Would it work better for you if we waited until Monday? I probably won't be on BIC much this weekend but I didn't want @Titian06 to forget so I just chose Friday.

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@prettyinpa- How thoughtful of you!  I think I'll make it through the weekend.  Now if you were talking two or three weeks...


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@prettyinpa Monday is more ideal. With kids being home, day to day routine is very unpredictable sometimes 😀 So let’s talk about it onMonday!

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Good point, @fatimamummy- Monday it is, thanks for helping me decide.

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@prettyinpa @fatimamummy - Monday works for me.


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Hey, all, I finished reading The Book Thief this weekend.  No hurry for anyone else to start or finish.  I just want to let you know.  I'm going to read a book of Erma Bombeck's newspaper columns while I wait.


Over my vacation last month, I read The Girl Who Played With Fire and The Girl Who Kicked a Hornets Nest.

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I finished The Book Thief too, @Titian06. Do you want to start discussion soon? Actually, are we the only ones left, lol?

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Hi @prettyinpa@& @Titian06, I've been stalking the thread, in the shadows, waiting for one that grabbed my attention that I haven't read before. I can rejoin you for The Wedding Dress.


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That's great, @RachFace2921!  I was reading the abstract for the book and it sounds like it could be interesting.

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@prettyinpa @Titian06 

If I had realized this book was on the list, I would have bought it when I saw it used for $2 since it looked interesting.  Anyhow, I read your post and it looked like people were participating less...?  Would it be worth it to create a new list?  For me personally, many of the books thus far I either read already, saw on-screen, or just wasn't interested in.  IDK...just food for thought!


1. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng (16) - I was late to the game with this one, would have gotten a copy if I'd been on time.
1. Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie (16) - Read already
3. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (13) - Read already
4. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (11) - Read already
4. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson (11) - Saw on-screen
4. Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie (11) - No interest
7. Exit West by Mohsin Hamid (10)
7. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (10) - Read already; saw on-screen


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@greeneyedgirl107 @prettyinpa - Was a good size list of people who said they would like to participate.  From that group only a few people post comments.  I have no idea whether the others are reading the books and choosing not to post.  If only a few of us are actually participating, then I think we may want to concider the timetable given per book.


I am open to altering the list, but most of the books I am not familiar with or I know, but did not read in school.  There are several I am looking forward to, but a few I plan to skip.


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@Titian06 @greeneyedgirl107@prettyinpa 


I'm just popping in to comment, since I was one of the people who said they were interested but hasn't been able to participate. My biggest problem is timing when ebooks are available from my library and when other people are reading it. It's especially difficult with the more popular titles as the waiting list from my library were hundreds of people. Unfortunately, I am not in a position (or perhaps desire) to be spending money on books when I can get so many great ones for free from my library if I am willing to wait.


I've also stayed away from the thread because I would like to read many of the books on the list and didn't want to spoiler myself. I don't know if having separate threads for each book would be helpful or if that will just overcrowd BIC with off topic stuff that most people aren't interested in. But that at least would be super helpful to know when people are reading what and to be able to stay away from the books I haven't read yet. 


Anyway, I'm sorry that y'all haven't had the participation that was originally hoped for. I will also admit to having my personal life get in the way. I totally missed being able to download some of the titles I had been waiting forever for due to my brain being elsewhere and getting discouraged that it will take another couple months before they become available again Smiley Sad


ETA: also given the cluster that is the search function on these boards, it's really difficult to go back and find where people discussed a book if I was able to finally get to it, which would maybe be another reason to have separate discussion threads for each book.

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I definitely understand what you're saying @snoflakefaerie .  I'm really glad you stopped by to say something.  One of the early books I bought because the wait list was horrendous.  I wasn't very happy to buy it, but I've since let it to two other people.  I like your idea about separate threads.  I never thought about people discussing at other times.  That may be something to look into.  Yes, the search function within a thread is nonexistent.  Many threads could be so much more useful if you could search within!

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@snoflakefaerie hit on the more important parts for me. I started out ok with the first couple of books, but after that I personally didn't have enough time to get the books, read them, and participate in the discussion as it was happening. Then by the time, I may have been ready to discuss, things had moved on to the next book and it just got hard to keep up with the thread. Personally, I think having separate threads for each book is a great idea and would be super helpful in encouraging more discussion as people could go back to those specific threads when they were ready. My two cents! Smiley Happy

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Thank you for your input @quspork !   I never thought of it like that.  I know @prettyinpais trying to give a month per book to allow for wait list time at libraries.  She did move the discussion for this one forward.  If she does want to consider a separate thread for each book, I suggest each thread be titled consistently such as BIC Book Club:  [title of book].

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@Titian06 I think having a standard way of naming threads is a great idea, if y’all move to that discussion format. I think also knowing the projected timeframe for discussion to start (even if it’s just like “discussion starts mid-September” could be helpful for people to time their reading lists).

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I totally agree that it can be hard to obtain books, @snoflakefaerie Smiley Happy  I personally don't like to spend  money on books, unless it's a rare paperback find at my library's used book store.  I understand you not wanting to read spoilers, too!  


As for the searching through the threads, I wish there was a better way to do that on BIC.  I know I've wanted to search within-threads on various topics on BIC, but only the thread titles can be searched as far as I know.  I wish there was another way.


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Yes, @greeneyedgirl107 that is so frustrating especially since some of the threads are hundreds to thousands of pages long and you know you saw "X" in that thread!

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@Titian06You raise a good point!  IDK what the answer is.  Maybe once the cold weather hits, more people will be reading?  I can't remember when this was started -- maybe it was cold then, too!  Or, maybe the nature of the thread could evolve -- like when anyone buys a new book they could post to see if anyone else wants to read along; or if someone has an intense desire to discuss a book they just read recently (or even a long time ago) then they could post.  Just brainstorming! 


If it helps, I just read Piper Kerman's memoir "Orange is the New Black."  I'm trying to get through another memoir, "The Liar's Club."  I recently finished "Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet."  And I tried to read "Saving Fish From Drowning" but gave up.  I also bought "The Bridges of Madison County," "The Help," and "Running with Scissors."  I need to get started on "World without End," too.  I started it 1.5 years ago and need to get back into it.  Oh - and I posted semi-recently that I read "The Glass Castle" which I think was amazing.  What have you been reading?

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