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For Ilana: Voting on Selections

Ilana, I thought I would pass along this suggestion from Choisya, posted on the board for The Meaning of Night.


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There should also be a way to vote, say once a month, upon which books to read next instead of the endless discussions.
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This is a good suggestion. Here's where the B&N book club design stands now: The general American Classics and British Classics Groups are spaces for rather free-ranging discussions. They are open spaces--and don't launch the same sort of structured discussions that the particular book clubs hold. Every so often, structure does find its way into the general Classics discussions... But for the more particularized book discussions, do log onto the distinct book groups we offer. We just finished up Frankenstein, and soon we'll be launching Moby Dick, The Jungle, and Kafka.

We are listening to your requests for new specific book groups. So keep sending them--and we will base new book club decisions on your suggestions. So, hopefully this structure makes sense.... We will continue to offer both the generalized discussion groups in the Classics sections, and the more detailed and structured discussions of the individual book groups.
Feel free to be renegades in the generalized sections: Launch any book discussions you want, with or without the structure a moderator lends.

Thanks for the input so far
Ilana





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Ilana, I thought I would pass along this suggestion from Choisya, posted on the board for The Meaning of Night.


Choisya wrote (message linked here):
There should also be a way to vote, say once a month, upon which books to read next instead of the endless discussions.






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For Choisya, LizzieAnn and debbaker: January

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Ladies, since there is no British classic scheduled for discussion in January, and you're all interested in reading Elizabeth Gaskell's North and South after Christmas, I'll start a discussion next month, as Ilana suggests below. As I noted in an earlier message, there is currently no B&N Classics edition available, so we probably can't discuss it on a separate board in the near future anyway!

I have the Penguin Classics edition, and I hope someone plans to purchase the new Norton Critical Edition. There are 52 chapters, so perhaps we should discuss 13 chapters per week over four weeks, and compare it to Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice afterward.

IlanaSimons wrote:
Feel free to be renegades in the generalized sections: Launch any book discussions you want, with or without the structure a moderator lends.

Message Edited by pmath on 12-05-200611:08 AM

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Re: For Choisya, LizzieAnn and debbaker: January

Sounds good. We'll start sometime after New Year's - like the 3rd & 4th?



pmath wrote:
Ladies, since there is no British classic scheduled for discussion in January, and you're all interested in reading Elizabeth Gaskell's North and South after Christmas, I'll start a discussion next month, as Ilana suggests below. As I noted in an earlier message, there is currently no B&N Classics edition available, so we probably can't discuss it on a separate board in the near future anyway!

I have the Penguin Classics edition, and I hope someone plans to purchase the new Norton Critical Edition. There are 52 chapters, so perhaps we should discuss 13 chapters per week over four weeks, and compare it to Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice afterward.

IlanaSimons wrote:
Feel free to be renegades in the generalized sections: Launch any book discussions you want, with or without the structure a moderator lends.

Message Edited by pmath on 12-05-200611:08 AM




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Re: For Ilana: Voting on Selections

Ilana,
Thanks for explaining to me the difference between the American and British Classics boards and the other book discussions boards that will be featuring specific books. I was getting confused on which books I was supposed to be reading and how I was going to keep up with them. Now I understand the format better.

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Re: For Ilana: Voting on Selections

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donyskiw wrote:
Ilana,
Thanks for explaining to me the difference between the American and British Classics boards and the other book discussions boards that will be featuring specific books. I was getting confused on which books I was supposed to be reading and how I was going to keep up with them. Now I understand the format better.

Denise




Sure. I do apologize for the confusion when it happens. I'm glad there are already renegades with Gaskell's NORTH AND SOUTH in this British Classics reading community. I'll be a member in that discussion as it goes....
Ilana

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Re: For Ilana: Voting on Selections

No need to apologize. We're all figuring it out and we all appreciate the hard work the moderators are doing.

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North and South

Does anyone know if there's an audio version of North and South?



LizzieAnn wrote:
Sounds good. We'll start sometime after New Year's - like the 3rd & 4th?



pmath wrote:
Ladies, since there is no British classic scheduled for discussion in January, and you're all interested in reading Elizabeth Gaskell's North and South after Christmas, I'll start a discussion next month, as Ilana suggests below. As I noted in an earlier message, there is currently no B&N Classics edition available, so we probably can't discuss it on a separate board in the near future anyway!

I have the Penguin Classics edition, and I hope someone plans to purchase the new Norton Critical Edition. There are 52 chapters, so perhaps we should discuss 13 chapters per week over four weeks, and compare it to Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice afterward.

IlanaSimons wrote:
Feel free to be renegades in the generalized sections: Launch any book discussions you want, with or without the structure a moderator lends.

Message Edited by pmath on 12-05-200611:08 AM







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Thanks to B&N

Thanks for bringing us up to date, Ilana. And I want to express my thanks to Barnes and noble for making these discussions possible. I realize that you have no obligation to us at all, and I for one appreciate the efforts you've been making. And for letting us read Moby dick together with a well-qualified leader!



IlanaSimons wrote:
This is a good suggestion. Here's where the B&N book club design stands now: The general American Classics and British Classics Groups are spaces for rather free-ranging discussions. They are open spaces--and don't launch the same sort of structured discussions that the particular book clubs hold. Every so often, structure does find its way into the general Classics discussions... But for the more particularized book discussions, do log onto the distinct book groups we offer. We just finished up Frankenstein, and soon we'll be launching Moby Dick, The Jungle, and Kafka.

We are listening to your requests for new specific book groups. So keep sending them--and we will base new book club decisions on your suggestions. So, hopefully this structure makes sense.... We will continue to offer both the generalized discussion groups in the Classics sections, and the more detailed and structured discussions of the individual book groups.
Feel free to be renegades in the generalized sections: Launch any book discussions you want, with or without the structure a moderator lends.

Thanks for the input so far
Ilana





pmath wrote:
Ilana, I thought I would pass along this suggestion from Choisya, posted on the board for The Meaning of Night.


Choisya wrote (message linked here):
There should also be a way to vote, say once a month, upon which books to read next instead of the endless discussions.






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Re: Thanks to B&N

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My thanks too Ilana and my thanks to B&N. Despite my criticisms (which appear to be fairly universal) I very much appreciate and enjoy these book clubs. As I have said on these boards before, I live alone with my two cats and suffer from insomnia which means I am often up at night when American folks are online and using the boards. Participation in these intelligent discussions - and there are none like them elsewhere online - has warded off my SAD ('winter sadness') for several years now.



Laurel wrote:
Thanks for bringing us up to date, Ilana. And I want to express my thanks to Barnes and noble for making these discussions possible. I realize that you have no obligation to us at all, and I for one appreciate the efforts you've been making. And for letting us read Moby dick together with a well-qualified leader!



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Message Edited by Choisya on 12-06-200603:37 AM

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Re: Thanks to B&N

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These words warm me up too. It's just starting to get cold here in NYC.
Thanks, all of you. I've been loving my experience here. Your comments teach me a lot.




Choisya wrote:
My thanks too Ilana and my thanks to B&N. Despite my criticisms (which appear to be fairly universal) I very much appreciate and enjoy these book clubs. As I have said on these boards before, I live alone with my two cats and suffer from insomnia which means I am often up at night when American folks are online and using the boards. Participation in these intelligent discussions - and there are none like them elsewhere online - has warded off my SAD ('winter sadness') for several years now.



Laurel wrote:
Thanks for bringing us up to date, Ilana. And I want to express my thanks to Barnes and noble for making these discussions possible. I realize that you have no obligation to us at all, and I for one appreciate the efforts you've been making. And for letting us read Moby dick together with a well-qualified leader!



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Message Edited by Choisya on 12-06-200603:37 AM



Message Edited by IlanaSimons on 12-06-200612:00 PM




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Schedule for reading N&S

LizzieAnn, we could follow this schedule:

Chapters I through XIII: January 4 to 10
Chapters XIV through XXVI: January 11 to 17
Chapters XXVII through XXXIX: January 18 to 24
Chapters XL through LII: January 25 to 31
Yes, Laurel, there are audiobooks available, but I didn't find any at bn.com.

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Does anyone know if there's an audio version of North and South?

LizzieAnn wrote:
Sounds good. We'll start sometime after New Year's - like the 3rd & 4th?

pmath wrote:
Ladies, since there is no British classic scheduled for discussion in January, and you're all interested in reading Elizabeth Gaskell's North and South after Christmas, I'll start a discussion next month, as Ilana suggests below.

IlanaSimons wrote:
Feel free to be renegades in the generalized sections: Launch any book discussions you want, with or without the structure a moderator lends.



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For Ilana: MARY BARTON and NORTH AND SOUTH

Ilana, I'm very glad to hear you'll be joining us next month! I plan to read Mary Barton meanwhile, for perspective.


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I'm glad there are already renegades with Gaskell's NORTH AND SOUTH in this British Classics reading community. I'll be a member in that discussion as it goes....
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Re: Schedule for reading N&S

Sounds good - so January 4th then, if everyone is in agreement?



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LizzieAnn, we could follow this schedule:

Chapters I through XIII: January 4 to 10
Chapters XIV through XXVI: January 11 to 17
Chapters XXVII through XXXIX: January 18 to 24
Chapters XL through LII: January 25 to 31
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Idylls of the King/Eugene Onegin

I would like to have someone with whom to read Tennyson's "Idylls of the King" and Pushkin's "Eugene Onegin."
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Re: Idylls of the King/Eugene Onegin



Laurel wrote:
I would like to have someone with whom to read Tennyson's "Idylls of the King" and Pushkin's "Eugene Onegin."




I would be up for Tennyson after the holidays. Not sure whetehre I'm up for Eugene Onegin.
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