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Frequently Asked Questions:
Most recent changes in Dark Red.

When do we start discussing the next book?
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Each month a new discussion will start on the 15th, a new thread will be posted and stickied for the discussion.

How do discussions work?
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Discussion threads are generally free-for-all discussions. After the thread is posted anyone can jump in and start discussing the book. Because there is hopefully enough time for everyone to complete the book prior to the thread being posted we do not require spoiler tags unless you are discussing content from other books (for example, books before or after the selection in a series.)

If anyone would like to direct a discussion that is fine too (and would be fun to try!) If you want to do something ahead of time such as providing some discussion questions, please post them in the voting thread after the book has been selected. If any of the questions contain information that might be considered a spoiler please include spoiler tags in the voting thread. If they are posted in the discussion thread they do not need spoiler tags.

How do nominations work?
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We nominate books by posting in the nomination thread or by seconding or thirding a nomination made by someone else. When a book has a nomination, a second, and a third, it is “fully nominated” and will be included in the poll.

Why are nominations so early?
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We have nominations the month prior to starting the discussion to give people more time to get the book and to read the book. This also gives us more flexibility to choose longer books or books that are more popular and have waiting lists at the library.

Why do books need to be 1 year old?
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In order to keep costs down for those who have limited budgets. This allows the price to come down from the new release point and hopefully will allow more people to get it from their library with a minimal wait time.

This also allows for publication delays in other regions, the North America publication date is often not the same as a European or Australian publication date.

What books result in the best discussions?
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The best books are books that are fun to read, have some good "hooks" for discussion, are readily available, easily accessible, and aren’t too long. Some typical guidelines:
  • Available: Wide availability in a variety of online stores and in multiple countries. Library availability (such as Overdrive, Hoopla, and other services) is a plus.
    • Some new releases are only available in some markets. We recommend nominating books that were published at least one year ago to give time for other markets to get and publish the book. This also helps in that the price generally goes down after the book is no longer considered a "new release".
  • Accessible: The cost of the book is not too high, many people have budgets under US$10 or even US$5.
  • Length: Since we all read a different rates books longer than 300 to 400 pages are less likely to be appealing to everyone.

How should I nominate a book?
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At a minimum, you only need to post the title and author of the book you want to suggest in the nomination thread.

It is generally better to post a little more than that though,The best nominations should have the book title and author, a brief description of the book (often taken from Amazon or GoodReads), and why you think it would be a good book to discuss (1-2 sentences is sufficient). If it is not obvious how the book meets the theme could be useful. Additional information such as links to GoodReads, booksellers, or audio versions of the book; an indication of how long the book is; and current pricing is also welcome.

How do Themes work?
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We have decided to base our categories on themes rather than genres to allow more creativity and flexibility in what gets nominated. For example, for a genre of “History” most applicable books would generally be non-fiction, history books. For a theme of “Books about History”, we would allow both the non-fiction history books but also historical fiction novels or alternative history books or even time travel books where the focus is on the past instead of the present or future. Basically anything with some relation to history would be applicable.

How does voting work?
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issybird (or a designee) will post a poll with all the fully nominated books from the nomination thread, at that point anyone can vote for as many or few nominations as you like. We ask that if you vote you will at least attempt the final selection regardless of whether you voted for it or not.

What happens if I vote but can’t read the selection?
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Mainly it just means we miss out on your contributions to the discussion. Everyone’s voice is important and we like to have as many people as possible contributing but we understand that sometimes life gets in the way. If it happens regularly we might ask you to refrain from voting until you are sure you can make the discussion thread. That way we can help ensure that the selected book is one that is preferred by people who can make it to the discussion.

How can I keep current with the New Leaf Book Club?
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The list post above will be updated with links for each new phase and but this thread will not be bumped each time.

Instead, we recommend that you monitor the Book Clubs forum for changes and new threads. There will be a new thread posted for each phase of the book club (nominations, voting, discussion), if you check the forum a couple times a week you should see those as they come up in addition to any ongoing discussion that is occurring.

Another way is to subscribe to the Book Clubs forum (select "Subscribe to This Forum" from the "Forum Tools" drop-down) and you can choose to get a daily or weekly email for all new posts in the Book Clubs forum. You can also set it to "no email notification" which will have an indication in your "User CP" page when something is posted.

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