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Old 09-20-2009, 08:36 PM   #1
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Hi All,

The October Book Club Category was the last one on the original schedule. It is time to put together a new schedule.

I think we have learned some things this past year.

1. Limiting to free books isn't easy when the category is very narrow.
2. Some of the categories were not well defined ahead of time.
3. Some categories were not as popular as others.

Here was the previous schedule:

January 09
Science Fiction (can be from anywhere, including our library)

February 09
MobileRead Contemporary (can be any genre, but must be contemporary and must be available in our library)

March 09
Nonfiction (can be from anywhere, including our library)

April 09
MobileRead Author (must be a book from an author who frequents MobileRead)

May 09
Horror (can be from anywhere, including our library)

June 09
MobileRead Classic

July 09
Humor (can be from anywhere, including our library)

August 09
MobileRead Contemporary

September 09
Mystery (can be from anywhere, including our library)

October 09
MobileRead Author


Some worked well, some didn't. I was thinking we should make the categories less narrow and more like a "Genre"... Like, is classic a genre?

Also, I think it might be nice to try to theme the genre with the month. Like perhaps October should be horror since it contains Halloween. April would be a good month for humor.

I would like to see us get an annual schedule thing we could repeat each year... but maybe some don't want the same schedule each year.

So... the floor is open... what would you guys like to see?

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Old 09-20-2009, 08:41 PM   #2
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Ooh I'm all for the horror in October! Also, same with April and humor, and then presumably something Christmas or holiday related in December? I also really enjoy the MR author month. I think we should narrow Nonfiction down, like to History.

Contemporary was really tough, so I think we should nix that one. Maybe for something like reading something off the bestseller list (although that would make the nomination process boring).
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I think whomever nominates the winning book for the month should be responsible for posting discussion questions of some sort on a weekly basis, to help keep the discussion interesting. The few times I managed to read the monthly book, I would check the thread and there didn't seem to be much activity. One or two weekly 'discussion' questions might help keep the conversation active and interesting.
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Old 09-20-2009, 09:30 PM   #4
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Maybe for something like reading something off the bestseller list (although that would make the nomination process boring).
Bestseller might be a good idea. Would it have to be a current best seller? We could also do other lists too... like Hugo nominees or well, there's got to be other writing awards.

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I think whomever nominates the winning book for the month should be responsible for posting discussion questions of some sort on a weekly basis, to help keep the discussion interesting.
That is an interesting idea... but I wonder if it would also discourage people from nominating a book. I think the more casual we make this the more people will play along. I also think the more people we have involved the more traffic the discussion threads will get. As you say, some have been pretty thin while others were quite busy.

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Maybe a political month, with stuff like Common Sense, The Communist Manifesto and Mein Kampf. I would imagine it would make for great discussion.

Another idea: a banned books month, where obviously the selection is a book that has been banned by a government at some point. The list is long and varied.
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Old 09-21-2009, 07:59 AM   #6
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Please can we NOT have "contemporary fiction" again? It's too restrictive a category, and pretty much all the books which ended up getting nominated for it this time were NOT in the category at all (SF is NOT contemporary fiction).

Also, if "MobileRead Author" means "a living author who has personally posted one of their books to MR", don't you think that too is extremely restrictive?
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I'd like to second the recommendation for "genre" months rather than specific sources of books such as "MR". Obvious genres would be:

Crime and Mystery
Horror
Adventure
Horror
Humour
Romance
SF/Fantasy
Biography/Autobiography
Classics

It should be pretty easy to extend this to cover 12 months, if that should be deemed appropriate.

EDIT: I'm not suggesting that "Horror" should really be in there twice . I don't like horror books, personally!

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Old 09-21-2009, 08:20 AM   #8
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I'd like to second the recommendation for "genre" months rather than specific sources of books such as "MR". Obvious genres would be:

Crime and Mystery
Horror
Adventure
Horror
Humour
Romance
SF/Fantasy
Biography/Autobiography
Classics

It should be pretty easy to extend this to cover 12 months, if that should be deemed appropriate.
I second this. Genres is easier than origin.
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Old 09-21-2009, 08:47 AM   #9
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I'd like to second the recommendation for "genre" months rather than specific sources of books such as "MR". Obvious genres would be:

Crime and Mystery
Horror
Adventure
Horror
Humour
Romance
SF/Fantasy
Biography/Autobiography
Classics

It should be pretty easy to extend this to cover 12 months, if that should be deemed appropriate.

EDIT: I'm not suggesting that "Horror" should really be in there twice . I don't like horror books, personally!

I agree. Having genre's one might normally read, at least for me, would be a good thing.

While I "get" the whole MR Author thing that's really a pretty limited list isn't it?
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Old 09-21-2009, 09:49 AM   #10
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This looks like a good schedule. If a book from a series is nominated, please make it book #1.

January 2010
Science Fiction/Fantasy
February 2010
Mystery/Thriller
March 2010
Nonfiction
April 2010
Humor
May 2010
Classic
June 2010
Any book uploaded to MR
July 2010
Autobiography/Biography
August 2010
Any book not at MR
September 2010
Mystery/Thriller
October 2010
Horror
November 2010
Science Fiction/Fantasy
December 2010
Any book uploaded to MR

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Sorry, Jon, but I don't think that SF/Fantasy should get 3 slots. What about romance - the most popular genre of all?
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Sorry, Jon, but I don't think that SF/Fantasy should get 3 slots. What about romance - the most popular genre of all?
Oh did I leave out romance?

Well, I've edited the list and removed SF and made fantasy SF/Fantasy and the last one another free MR book. So there could be two romance if one is voted for.
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This looks like a good schedule. If a book from a series is nominated, please make it book #1.

January 2010
Science Fiction/Fantasy
February 2010
Mystery/Thriller
March 2010
Nonfiction
April 2010
Humor
May 2010
Classic
June 2010
Any book uploaded to MR
July 2010
Autobiography/Biography
August 2010
Any book not at MR
September 2010
Mystery/Thriller
October 2010
Horror
November 2010
Science Fiction
December 2010
Fantasy
I see you left off Romance. Is this just because you don't like it or was there another reason?


Historical Fiction might be a nice genre to consider.




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Where's magical realism, dark fantasy, slipstream and speculative fiction in that genre list?
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Where's magical realism, dark fantasy, slipstream and speculative fiction in that genre list?
Those all fit into "SF/Fantasy", IMHO. But we really do need a specific "romance" slot, IMHO, regardless of whether or not Jon like it .
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