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I want to participate in the Club Read 2012 but don't know how to get stared. I've spent hours clicking on everything on the Club Read page just one of those hi- cups first timers get sometimes. Any help would appreciated.
Hi there and, firstly, welcome!
Generally Club Read is somewhere to make your reading journal/ books list and reviews for the year and have some interactions with other readers. It is not a "challenge group" like the 50/75 where they want to read that many books. It's not like the 1010 (10 books in 10 categories). There are people here that only log 10 books a year and people logging closer to 200.
My advice would be to make a short introduction for yourself here- maybe your favourite 3 reads of last year or what the first 5 books you're tackling this year are going to be. People with similar interests can then star your thread and make a point to come back/ see what you're reading. There are some monthly general questions/ running threads like the "currently reading" floating about which also help people of similar interests or recent overlapping reads find each other for a series of round-the-water-cooler conversations.
Just jump in.
Welcome, mickmc! Jump right in, the water's fine and the natives are (mostly) friendly.
Oh come on RidgewayGirl this is not the salon, we are all friendly here. Welcome mickmc, what are you reading?
Hello, I'm reading Telling True Stories it's about the relationships between different American journalists and their editors. I'm about three quarters through it and to be honest it's a load of clap trap. Mind you half my trouble when I read is I don't know how to appreciate good prose. This is why I reread the same books again and again. I never read at school, still to this day novels are to me soap operas. Real life but not real to me, yeah as a child reading a book for anyone I knew was a punishment we didn't have a clue what the teacher was on about. Then later on in life I read The Fatal Shore by Robert Hughes then I got the magic feeling of being engrossed in a book.
I've been trying to navigate my way into the monthly read I hear mentioned here and there. This site is so busy though so much content it's hard to get your bearings Putting the monthly read into the search box doesn't bring you to the monthly read. It brings you to believe it or not to the bible.
From what I would imagine being active in the monthly read would educate people like myself into seeing the different dimensions a book can contain. As I said before it takes time to work out this site for someone with basic education or no computer savvy but the thing is it's the place to be. You can pick up bits of info here just by reading through the treads. There is another thing some people have been here for years there definitely a good feel vibe create by the members must come back with more details of my reading habits another time.
Hello Mick and welcome
It definitely does take time to find your way around this site, but after awhile, that becomes a good thing, because you are always discovering something new. I definitely confess to being frustrated at times though.
I had a look at your home page and thought in terms of non technical horticulture you might enjoy some of the books on plant exploration. These tell of the era when people went around the world searching for and often downright stealing plants to take back to Europe so that they could make their fortune. It was a dangerous occupation but could be very rewarding.
I enjoyed The Fatal Shore too, knowing almost nothing of Australia when I started it. You might also enjoy The True History of the Kelly Gang; a novel, but definitely not a soap opera.
Keep reading reviews and you will be bound to see something you are interested in.
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