Group reads planning thread
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Suggest some group reads for next year!
SCHEDULED GROUP READS - see the group's main page for links to discussion threads
Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley - January
Don Quixote, by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra - February
Young Henry of Navarre, by Heinrich Mann - February/March/April (three-month read)
Cloud Atlas, by David Mitchell - March
The Canterbury Tales, by Geoffrey Chaucer - April
Kristin Lavransdatter, by Sigrid Undset - April/May/June (hosted by christina_reads)
Ulysses, by James Joyce - May
Ursula K. LeGuin Memorial Read - June or July
Robinson Crusoe, by Daniel Defoe - August
Henry, King of France, by Heinrich Mann - August/September/October (three-month read)
English Renaissance Drama - September (hosted by Cariola)
Neal Stephenson author read - October
World War 1 theme read - November (hosted by rabbitprincess)
The Forsyte Saga, by John Galsworthy - Year-long read (hosted by luvamystery65)
Short story collections - Year-long read (hosted by whitewavedarling)
SUGGESTED GROUP READS
An older English classic every other month: for example, Gulliver's Travels, The Pilgrim's Progress, Tom Jones, Clarissa (or others of similar vintage/age/difficulty) -- there's still room in June, October, and December!
Ulysses S. Grant, by Robert Chernow
Daniel Deronda, by George Eliot
Mary Stewart's Arthurian novels - The Crystal Cave, etc.
>1 rabbitprincess: Thanks so much for setting up the 2018 group! I'm eager to post my new thread, but I'm still trying to figure out what exactly I want to do. :)
In the meantime, would anyone be interested in reading Kristin Lavransdatter next year? I'm imagining it as a year-long group read, since it's quite long, but I'm open to suggestions!
I'll be setting up a thread for Forsyte Saga by John Galsworthy, in January. I know a few wanted to join in.
Let me know if you want it to be a three month read or a year long read. It's three books and two novellas, but for our purpose we can "count" the three books, The Man of Property, In Chancery, and To Let.
I also plan on tackling Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra next year. I can set up a thread if there is interest and we can plan a timeline. If it's just one or two of us, we can just make it a shared read and decide on the timeline together. It's one I don't want to rush.
Given that 2018 will be the 100th anniversary of the WW1 armistice, would there be an interest in a themed read in, say, November, of WW1-related books?
>11 rabbitprincess: I'd love that.
Thanks for setting up the 2018 group.
I am in for the read of The Forsythe Saga, I like the idea of spreading it out over the year and taking it slowly. I would also be interested in participating in the themed WW I read in November.
Whoo Hoo!! I have absolutely NO Idea what I'll be reading in 2018 but my TBR shelf is groaning like an iceberg. I keep waiting for something to fall out like when the ice calves. LOL. So at least I know one category!
I've picked up a copy of Kristin Lavransdatter for the Kindle so I will definitely be joining in to the group read.
Just a tip for people planning on Kristin Lavransdatter - I really recommend getting the Tiina Nunnally translation. There is a much earlier English translation that I found almost unreadable compared to the newer Nunnally translation.
Frankenstein has its bicentennial on 1 January 2018... just putting that out there.
>19 luvamystery65: I may have to find this Dan Stevens narration :D
I'm interested in the Kristin Lavransdatter group read, although my reliability is pretty close to zero when it comes to group reads.
>27 fuzzi: The Canterbury Tales is on my list. I'd appreciate a push to read it!
>27 fuzzi: I haven't ever done one of the group reads, but I'd be interested in The Canterbury Tales.
>30 fuzzi: That even sounds like a potentially good idea for a CAT!
I'd be interested in reading The Forsyte Saga - mainly because I have all the books and planned to re-read them someday.
>30 fuzzi: I like that idea. I personally might not be able to do more than one or maybe two, depending on the other books chosen, but it is certainly an idea worth pursuing :)
>2 christina_reads: I'd be interested in joining the Kristen Lavransdatter group read.
>7 luvamystery65: I'd read The Forsyte Saga a few years ago and haven't decided if I'll reread it but I will certainly follow the discussion with interest.
>30 fuzzi: >31 christina_reads: A CAT based on reading the classics sounds appealing.
>25 cbl_tn: Forsyte Saga will likely be a year long read. The first 3 books in the series. Start in January and one every 4 months with novellas in between if they're in your collection.
For Don Quixote I think to start in February and take as long as we need. I'll look online for reading guides and recommendations as to timelines. It's one I personally don't want to rush.
Hope that works for you
>24 rabbitprincess: Hope you find it. He also narrates a few Agatha Christi's.
Woo for all the Forsyte love!
>7 luvamystery65: >2 christina_reads:
I would love a group read of The Forsythe Saga & Kristen Lavransdatter, both as year long reads. I have the former on Kindle & the latter in hardcopy form. I will be checking for the translation of my K.L.
Yea!! Just checked & my edition is Tiina Nunnally transluation. **whew** I know I would not complete this if it turned out to be a slog.
And 'a year of classics'; who wouldn't love that? Especially the smaller ones which I have always put off due to the thought: "I can read that one at any time." And so I've not got around to many of those mentioned.
>40 fuzzi: I expect that at some point, perhaps after the group reads discussion is well underway, someone will start a thread for the CATs discussion. Group reads generally focus on a single author or work, while CATs have monthly themes or challenges.
In past years, members have proposed ideas for CATs and then we all vote for 3. (We ended up with 4 this past year, as there was a tie for third place, if I recall correctly.) Any idea that doesn't win can always be offered as an "unofficial" KIT if someone volunteers to run it.
So, once the CATs discussion begins, you can propose a CAT for classics and suggest or seek ideas on how it can be structured.
ETA: I just realized that rabbitprincess already explained this process much better than I did on this forum's main page. You might want to refer to her description of the various activities.
I can go ahead and start the CATs planning thread. Would that be best? I had held off starting the thread because I don't usually get involved in the discussions that shape the CATs, but I should at least have a post somewhere that lists all of the proposals.
Here's the CATs planning thread:
I'd be in for Cloud Atlas--I've been meaning to read it forever, and somehow keep putting it off...
I'd be interested in Cloud Atlas as well, with the caveat that I always want to join group reads, but rarely manage to do so when the time comes.
I'm looking for somewhere to join in a few more group reads - with the proviso that I'm bad at actually participating and read somewhat slowly.
Loved Cloud Atlas so would read that again happily.
I do want to read more classics, so Frankenstein and Don Quixote are both of interest (as long as they are well spaced out).
I'd love to read the new 1,000+ page bio of Ulysses S. Grant by Ron Chernow, the man who wrote Hamilton.
How would people feel about The Canterbury Tales in April? For some reason it feels April-y.
>51 rabbitprincess: it would certainly be apt, what with the first two lines being
When the sweet showers of April have pierced/
The drought of March, and pierced it to the root,/
And yes, April would work for me. I just need to spread my commitments out.
>53 majkia: I'd just prefer to avoid summer months with it; I have really limited time from late June to mid-August, so I'm barely on LT and barely reading during that time of the year; any other month, I'd definitely participate.
I'm excited about the Cloud Atlas read, but I'm flexible as to when, although I tend to do better when the group read is earlier in the year.
>56 majkia: as long as someone reminds me, I'll join that one too. Looooove that book.
I've modified >1 rabbitprincess: slightly to show "scheduled" group reads as well as suggestions posted in the thread. Once we have a month or time frame chosen for a specific book, I'll update the list and the main group page accordingly.
>50 avatiakh: These are on my TBR as well, and I'd love a prod to tackle them, but they are huge. 740 and 980 pages in my German edition, that might take more than a month.
>61 MissWatson: You could maybe make them a two-month or longer read! :)
>61 MissWatson: I'd be looking at 2x 3 month slow reads with maybe a couple of months break before tackling the second one, just that they're sitting on a shelf for a long while and I also need the prod. I got book 2 in a used bookshop a few years back and then realised that I'd need to read book 1 first. If we do do a shared read, we'd have them done by the end of next year.
>63 avatiakh: This sounds like a good plan. When would you like to start?
>66 luvamystery65: Hi Ro! For Forsyte, I'd go for spreading out over the year.
>66 luvamystery65: I'd join the Don Quixote and Fenruary should be OK for me. I'd like to spread the classics & chunkies out a bit, so with Canterbury Tales in April, February should be OK for Don Quixote.
Is anyone else interested in a classics read every other month? I have a "would like to read because I'm an ill-read oaf" list of which the next 5 I've not read are Pilgrim's Progress, Robinson Crusoe, Gulliver's Travels, Tom Jones, Clarissa. Is there any interest in any of these? Or any other titles of a similar age/vintage/difficulty?
I've updated >1 rabbitprincess: and the main group page with more scheduled reads (and added the suggestions in >68 Helenliz:).
If anyone is thinking of being the host for a specific group read, let me know and I'll put that up top as well. You don't need to decide that right now, but whenever you think of it. I'll host the WW1 thread.
I hope to read The Forsyte Saga spread over the year, but I am not good with group reads and usually find myself out of sync with the planned schedule. In any case, I will enjoy your discussions.
>70 VivienneR: We will do the Forsyte over the year. You can follow any pace you please. This is a loose series so it lends itself to a more informal schedule. It will be nice to discuss with everyone.
>72 luvamystery65: Sounds good. I'm looking forward to the discussion (and reading, of course).
>71 MissWatson: Great. I dare say it will be a shared read rather than a group one by the looks of it.
I'd be happy to host the Kristin Lavransdatter group read, since I was the one who originally suggested it. However, I haven't read it before and basically know nothing about it, so if someone else out there has more expertise, I'd be happy to hand over the reins!
>75 christina_reads: I think all you'd need to do as host is get the discussion going, as you've been doing very ably with the Poldark novels this year :D
Another book I'm keen to tackle next year is George Eliot's Daniel Deronda.
I'd like a propose a Neal Stephenson group read for October. There is already some interest expressed by a few members of the SFFKIT group, but we'd love to have more people join. Even if you're not a science-fiction or fantasy fan, you might consider his works, some of which fall into the "alternate history" genre rather than SFF.
I don't know if what I'm about to say would count as a groupread thought or not, but I'm wondering if folks would be interested in a month's groupread of short story collections, where we could talk about how the stories in a collection worked together or didn't work, and recommend (or not) short story collections? I find that I often enjoy collections when I get around to them, but don't read them all that often, and (at least to me) one-author collections of stories don't necessarily lend themselves so well to the Cats. Would this be something folks would be interested in, or is too broad?
>85 whitewavedarling: Me, too. I just downloaded a version from Gutenberg. Have a look at the notes there- the one I took seems to be, if anything, over complete.
>85 whitewavedarling:, >83 Chrischi_HH:, >87 MarthaJeanne: oh good, some company. Any preference as to when? For me, June onwards would be best - I'm trying not to over commit. I start a new job later this month and while one of the reasons for changing is to free up some time from work, you're never sure how it will work in practice...
>88 Helenliz: I'm good anytime. At some point next year we'll be traveling, but with it in my iPad, that shouldn't make any difference.
>86 whitewavedarling: I'd be interested in participating in this challenge.
>91 fuzzi: and >92 mathgirl40: and anyone else who might be interested, would May or September work?
>1 rabbitprincess:, I've never suggested one before lol--how does this work? Do we wait for more folks to weight in, or do you think this would garner more than three of us being interested/be worthwhile...?
>86 whitewavedarling: I'm in. I have a category for short stories
>93 whitewavedarling: I usually have a short story category, so I would probably take part. No time concerns.
>93 whitewavedarling: I like short stories and would participate; anytime is fine.
>93 whitewavedarling: No group read is too small! If you know what you want to read and set a month for it, I'll put it up top and on the main group page. Simply putting it in the list may prompt people to think about joining it later on.
>86 whitewavedarling: It occurs to me that rather than have a traditional month group read, as we will probably be reading many different books, this might work just as well as a year long read. A dedicated topic where each reader could comment on short story collections as we find and read them. That would probably result in more people taking up books others had recommended than if it is limited to one month.
>93 whitewavedarling: whatever you want to do will be fine. I'll make it fit.
>99 rabbitprincess: and company, Why don't we make it a year-long read then? That will give people time to pick up collections that catch their eye in other folks' reviews and participate, or reserve them at the library, so they can get involved and chat over the same book :) And I know I'll certainly read more than one short story collection for it if it's year-long--hopefully, others will also!
>104 whitewavedarling: I think it's a great idea and I can't wait to see what everyone is reading.
>104 whitewavedarling: All righty! I'll do the adding up top and on the main group page.
>104 whitewavedarling: That sounds like a decent idea. I'm not a fan of short stories, but this way I might still join in. :)
>110 pamelad: That is probably the only way I will ever read it so count me in if we do have one.
I think those interested have commented such that we'll put Robinson Crusoe down for August.
I'd love to participate in a World War I group read month. World War I is one of my 2018 category challenge categories and I've been stocking up on suggestions for it.
I've already offered a couple of titles here, but on my thread it was suggested that Mary Stewart's Arthurian Saga of 5 books might find some other readers. I'm doing an Arthurian literature category so will be reading a couple of these at least.
The Crystal Cave
The Hollow Hills
The Last Enchantment
The Wicked Day
The Prince and the Pilgrim
>117 avatiakh: I'll try to join you! I don't have the last one but I'm sure I can find it.
>117 avatiakh: I've been wanting to read Stewart's Arthurian saga for ages, so I'll definitely join if there's a group read.
I'd like to point out to e-book readers that a collection of the first 4 of Stewart's Arthurian books is available at a ridiculously low price. In Canada, it's $7.68 at Kobo. I believe similar deals are available in the US. The 5th book is not included but at Kobo, it costs only another 99 cents.
I own them all, but last read them in 2014. We'll see whether or not I'm moved to join you when the time comes.
The Forsyte Saga thread is up
The Short Story thread is up also!
I'm wondering if it might make sense to make a wiki for the short story collections folks read this year... thoughts? And, if yes, I might have to ask for help on that...
Since I retired a few years ago, I've had a number of LT members ask if I'd be interested in leading a group read of an English Renaissance play. If enough people are interested, I'd be happy to chair a group read in one of the still-open slots. Since the plays are short, it might even be possible to schedule 3 or 4 for the month. Here are a couple of suggestions:
The Duchess of Malfi by John Webster
A Chaste Maid in Cheapside by Thomas Middleton
Arden of Faversham (Anonymous)
The Witch of Edmonton by Thomas Dekker, Thomas Middleton, John Ford
Edward II by Christopher Marlowe
Just let me know if you think the group would be interested and, since I haven't done this before, what the "rules" and expectations would be.
>127 Cariola: Great idea! I always set aside room in my challenge for plays, and I think The Duchess of Malfi is even on my to-read list.
We have free spots in May, June, July, September, and December. I'd say go ahead and claim a month that best fits your schedule :)
As for the rules and expectations, all you'd have to do really is create a thread and start discussion. If you want to develop the structure of the group read collaboratively, then you can use the thread to discuss how people would like to read (and what: a single play, more than one, or even any play that fits the parameters of English Renaissance).
Hope that helps!
>127 Cariola: I'd be interested if I can get the text(s) I see for the first one it is available from Gutenberg, or the library has a bilingual edition.
>128 rabbitprincess: I would like to claim September. I'll go ahead and start a thread and see what people would be interested in doing.
>131 MarthaJeanne: You should be able to find any of these plays on Gutenberg or at least in very affordable editions. If your library has an anthology of English Renaissance Drama, all but The Witch of Edmonton should be included. I can make suggestions of affordable editions on the thread.
English Renaissance Drama group read thread has been posted!
I've updated >1 rabbitprincess: with information about the English Renaissance drama group read (September) and Ulysses (May). The link to the English Renaissance thread has been added to the group's main page.
>136 luvamystery65: I'll start a thread later today if one doesn't go up before then. I'm out for the day so can't do it right away.
>136 luvamystery65: Thank you! I'm having computer issues and I'm running ColorCAT this month plus I started the Forsyte thread. I appreciate you offering. I'm excited. I started my annotated edition of Frankenstein and I'm enjoying it.
>137 rabbitprincess: I'm strictly an amateur, so I'm hoping that a few of us can encourage one another to read THE modernist classic and share experiences along the way. It might take longer than a month.
>143 pamelad: For sure! I can't imagine being able to finish Ulysses in a month.
For those interested in the Kristin Lavransdatter group read, per our discussion on the thread, it will now be a quarter-long read instead of a year-long read. The novel is divided into three parts (much like Gaul), so we'll read part 1 in April, part 2 in May, and part 3 in June. All are welcome to join!
I was very sorry to see that Ursula K. Le Guin passed away. Would anyone be interested in doing a group read in her honor? Perhaps in June or July.
>152 sturlington: Me three. I just discovered her works a couple months ago. Very sad news.
One where we read whichever book is already on our shelves? I would like that.
We have one of her books in German, and I will never replace it with the original, because the German title is so perfect: Das Wort für Welt ist Wald
How about we plan a read for June? I would suggest a book of your choice.
>160 sturlington: June is a good choice, as a number of her books would also fit the June SFFKIT theme (Series). I don't think they would fit July's theme (Cyberpunk or Techno SFF) well.
>161 mathgirl40: I didn't think of that, but you are right. You could read either a Hainish novel or an Earthsea novel for the series theme.
I think the Le Guin read is a great idea! I never did read the third Earthsea book, The Farthest Shore...although maybe I'll just start at the beginning of the Earthsea series!
>165 christina_reads:, since the finish of the series, she put out a collection of short stories that took place in the same universe also, Tales from Earthsea and then a final book, The Other Wind that I never got around to. I was already thinking about reading the first for the Short-Stories year-long thread, so I may pick them up.
The Ursula K. LeGuin read has been added to >1 rabbitprincess: and the main page.
>166 whitewavedarling: Likewise! I'll probably use this as an excuse to reread the entire series and then finish off that final book.
>170 thornton37814: Does your library have a copy in Spanish? It would be fun to take a peek and see if you still understood it. Glad you are going to follow along either way.
>171 luvamystery65: The university where I work is certain to have a copy. I just already have a lot of commitments this month. I'll see.
Whoops, I just noticed that the Mann shared read started this month. I was away at the start of the month and my thoughts drifted to a March start. I'll put up a thread later today for the two books.
Young Henry of Navarre, by Heinrich Mann - February/March/April (three-month read)
Henry, King of France, by Heinrich Mann - August/September/October (three-month read)
I have posted a thread for the Ursula K. Le Guin group read in June: http://www.librarything.com/topic/291332
I note that August was scheduled for a read of Robinson Crusoe. I'm happy to start a discussion thread of people are still up for trying to read this book next month.
>181 Helenliz: I'd really like to get that book read, so I'm game for a discussion thread!
>181 Helenliz: I have to download it again, as I'm on a new iPad, but I'm still in.
Newbie here. Has a specific book been chosen for the Neal Stephenson read? Is it located in another thread?
Nevermind, I found it!
This is a good spot I think to ask this question. When will CAT planning for 2019 begin? I know it has started around this time in years past. The reason I am asking is, I don't want to miss out and that has happened to me as well in the past. Is there a way to know when planning begins?
I see that this group was started on September 4 last year. The new group hasn't been started yet.
Starting the group also involves adminstering it - ie keeping the group page up-to-date, and also things like the first post in this thread. >1 rabbitprincess: We need to be very grateful that she has been willing to keep things in order for us this year.
Rabbitprincess is on holidays right now, but if she's willing to continue to administer this group, I am sure she will be ready to set up our 2019 challenge when she gets home from her trip. :)
Yes, I'm willing to administer next year's group. Thanks >191 Kristelh: for the reminder to let you guys know my intentions and to >192 MarthaJeanne: for the recognition. As >193 DeltaQueen50: says, I'm on holidays but will be back in Canada late next week.
Here's what I'm thinking for a schedule:
Sep 28: set up new group and start the Cat nominations/suggestions. I will also set up the 2019 group reads thread
Oct 19: Open voting for Cats (all cats suggested will be on the ballot)
Nov 9: close voting on Cats. Top 3 will be the official Cats. From there people can volunteer to host months and set the structure of the cats.
Once I set up the group, anyone who wants to run the Bingo dog can do so :)
How does that sound?
Great! Thanks for the quick and well planned agenda. Looking forward as always!
>194 rabbitprincess: excellent plan. While not wanting to wish my life away, I'm looking forward to it.
>194 rabbitprincess: Excellent news! Wait, is it that time of year already? Where has the time gone?
>194 rabbitprincess: Thanks for being willing to administer our group again. It's very much appreciated.
My favourite time of year! Just as interest in my categories fades, a bright new year appears on the horizon.
Glad you are remaining as administrator.
YAY! I've been wondering when we were going start "19 Cats!" Thanks >194 rabbitprincess: ! :-)
I come bearing a new group: https://www.librarything.com/groups/2019categorychalleng
>201 VivienneR: It seems like this is just about the right time to start! (I've already started making a list of my 2019 pool...)
>202 LisaMorr: I try ;)
>203 Tanya-dogearedcopy: My pleasure!!
>204 rabbitprincess: Thank you. 22 members have already joined in less than 12 hours.
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