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07 September 2015 @ 03:34 pm
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Hello and welcome to online_bookclub! This is a fun, low-stress online club for book lovers to "get-together" every month and talk about books!

Who can join?
Absolutely anybody!

What is the timeline?
We'll be reading one book per month.

If I join, do I have to participate every month?
Not at all! We want this to be pretty low-key, low-stress. If you don't have the time/money/inclination to join for a certain book/month, you are totally free to sit that one out.

What types of books will we be reading?
Anything goes! Every month we'll choose a different "theme" and then you all will nominate books and vote to decide which one is chosen. The themes will rotate every month, so we'll read a variety of genres.

How are the themes chosen?
Lauren and I will choose a theme from our list here. Please feel free to nominate other potential themes and we will add them to the list!

So how does it all work?
Towards the end of the month we'll make a post announcing that month's theme and asking for book suggestions. Then we'll gather all of those suggestions and make a poll for everybody to vote on what they'd like to read that month. Whichever book has the most votes will be selected. We'll put a post up at the beginning of the new month announcing the book, and people can comment whether or not they think they'll be joining in that month. Saying you plan on reading that month's book doesn't obligate you to follow through. It's absolutely fine if you end up not reading along that month. :D

Where does the discussion part come in?
At the end of the month we'll make a discussion post on the comm for people to comment and discuss the book. We will also host a monthly chat in a chatroom for people to talk in real time about their thoughts. We wanted to give people multiple avenues for discussion, and facilitate the different kinds of thought processes that these two different formats provide. You can participate in one or the other or both! :D

Feel free to comment below if you have any questions!

<3

gracerene & lauren3210
 
 
24 February 2017 @ 08:00 am
Hello everybody!

We're getting near the end of February, and soon we will be announcing our March read (please vote in the poll, here).

HOWEVER, we still have to arrange our February chatroom discussion, so we've decided to make a poll for you guys to vote on when you'd most likely be available to come and chat about Nimona, with us!

For those of you who can't join in a livechat, we will also be posting a discussion post on LJ on the same day - Tuesday, February 28th - so that everyone can leave their thoughts in the form of comments. The live chats are a lot of fun though, so we hope you all can make it. Please vote for whichever time you think you'd most likely be able to attend, and we shall choose the time slot with the most votes, to accommodate as many people as we can.

(We've used UTC here, so make sure you're converting the time to whichever timezone you live in!)

Poll #2063608 February Book Club Chat Times

What time could you make a chat on February 28th?

10pm (UTC)
1(12.5%)
11pm (UTC)
0(0.0%)
12am (UTC)
2(25.0%)
1am (UTC)
3(37.5%)
2am (UTC)
2(25.0%)
Earlier (Please specify when in comments)
0(0.0%)
Later (Please specify when in comments)
0(0.0%)
 
 
23 February 2017 @ 08:00 am
And now, the poll! Thanks so much to everybody who nominated book possibilities for March's LGBTQIA+ Author theme!

The poll & summaries are below. Please vote for the book you'd most like to read in March by Saturday, February 25th. The winning book will be announced Sunday, February 26th.

Here are this month's choices!

1. Maurice by E.M. Forster
[Summary]Summary: Set in the elegant Edwardian world of Cambridge undergraduate life, this story by a master novelist introduces us to Maurice Hall when he is fourteen. We follow him through public school and Cambridge, and on into his father's firm, Hill and Hall, Stock Brokers. In a highly structured society, Maurice is a conventional young man in almost every way, "stepping into the niche that England had prepared for him": except that his is homosexual.

Written during 1913 and 1914, after an interlude of writer's block following the publication of Howards End, and not published until 1971, Maurice was ahead of its time in its theme and in its affirmation that love between men can be happy. "Happiness," Forster wrote, "is its keynote….In Maurice I tried to create a character who was completely unlike myself or what I supposed myself to be: someone handsome, healthy, bodily attractive, mentally torpid, not a bad businessman and rather a snob. Into this mixture I dropped an ingredient that puzzles him, wakes him up, torments him and finally saves him."


2. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
[Summary]Summary: The Color Purple is a 1982 epistolary novel by American author Alice Walker which won the 1983 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the National Book Award for Fiction. It was later adapted into a film and musical of the same name.

Taking place mostly in rural Georgia, the story focuses on the life of women of color in the southern United States in the 1930s, addressing numerous issues including their exceedingly low position in American social culture. The novel has been the frequent target of censors and appears on the American Library Association list of the 100 Most Frequently Challenged Books of 2000-2009 at number seventeen because of the sometimes explicit content, particularly in terms of violence.


3. Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin
[Summary]Summary: San Francisco, 1976. A naïve young secretary, fresh out of Cleveland, tumbles headlong into a brave new world of laundromat Lotharios, pot-growing landladies, cut throat debutantes, and Jockey Shorts dance contests. The saga that ensues is manic, romantic, tawdry, touching, and outrageous - unmistakably the handiwork of Armistead Maupin.

4. The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
[Summary]Summary: Somewhere within our crowded sky, a crew of wormhole builders hops from planet to planet, on their way to the job of a lifetime. To the galaxy at large, humanity is a minor species, and one patched-up construction vessel is a mere speck on the starchart. This is an everyday sort of ship, just trying to get from here to there.

But all voyages leave their mark, and even the most ordinary of people have stories worth telling. A young Martian woman, hoping the vastness of space will put some distance between herself and the life she‘s left behind. An alien pilot, navigating life without her own kind. A pacifist captain, awaiting the return of a loved one at war.

Set against a backdrop of curious cultures and distant worlds, this episodic tale weaves together the adventures of nine eclectic characters, each on a journey of their own.


Poll #2063557 March 2017 Book Poll

What book should we read in March?

Maurice
1(20.0%)
The Color Purple
3(60.0%)
Tales of the City
0(0.0%)
The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet
1(20.0%)


Remember to vote BEFORE Sunday, February 26th! :D

<3 lauren3210 & gracerene March
 
 
20 February 2017 @ 08:00 am
Because queer representation matters, and one of the best way to encourage said representation is support authors that identify as a member of the community, our theme for March is:

LQBTQIA+ Authors


Any genre goes, as long as the novel was written by an author that identifies as part of the LGBTQIA+ community AND the novel has queer themes.

To get the ball rolling, we've included a few possibilities for next month below.

Maurice by E.M. Forster

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

If you have a book that you've been wanting to read or reread in the LGBTQIA+ Author genre, feel free to comment below, and we'll add the book to our poll. To keep things manageable, please only nominate one book per person. :D

Nominations will be open until February 22nd, and we shall put them in our book-of-the-month poll, which will be going up on February 23rd.

Have fun!

-gracerene & lauren3210
 
 
29 January 2017 @ 05:19 pm
Hello everybody, here is the discussion post for January's book:

Red Rising, by Pierce Brown.

I’m going to do my best to share some of my thoughts on the book, and to talk about some of the discussion points. Please feel free to use the comments below to give your own thoughts, answer some of the questions, or bring up something that I’m sure I will forget.

Fair warning, there will be SPOILERS under the cut. I’m going to be talking about the book as a whole, including the ending, so if some of you haven’t finished and don’t wish to be spoiled, PLEASE DON’T CLICK! For everyone else, here’s my review:

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And that was my review! Tell us what you thought of the book in the comments, and/or come join us in the Chat tonight!
 
 
 
28 January 2017 @ 08:00 am
Here is the chatoom information, so we're all ready for tomorrow!

Chatroom address: http://us21.chatzy.com/59264239059178

Instructions: (for those that haven't used Chatzy before)

  1. Click on the link

  2. Enter your username in the name/alias box

  3. Pick a fun color for your username!

  4. Click "Enter Room" and you're in!

Time: 8pm UTC. Most people could make this time, so we figured this would be the best time to go for. HERE is the link to the time zone converter again, for anyone who needs it!

We hope to see you all there!

gracerene and lauren3210
 
 
27 January 2017 @ 08:00 am


Nimona


Thanks to the 6 awesome people who voted and helped us decide which book to read.

Feel free to comment below, letting us know if you think you'll be participating this month. Leaving a comment definitely doesn't commit you to participating, and you don't need to leave a comment, even if you'd like to read along, but it's fun to see who we'll all be reading with. :)

XO

gracerene & lauren3210
 
 
25 January 2017 @ 08:00 am
Hello everybody!

We're getting near the end of January, and soon we will be announcing our February read (please vote in the poll, here).

HOWEVER, we still have to arrange our Janaury chatroom discussion, so we've decided to make a poll for you guys to vote on when you'd most likely be available to come and chat about Red Rising, with us!

For those of you who can't join in a livechat, we will also be posting a discussion post on LJ on the same day - Sunday, Janaury 29th - so that everyone can leave their thoughts in the form of comments. The live chats are a lot of fun though, so we hope you all can make it. Please vote for whichever time you think you'd most likely be able to attend, and we shall choose the time slot with the most votes, to accommodate as many people as we can.

(We've used UTC here, so make sure you're converting the time to whichever timezone you live in!)

Poll #2061913 January Book Club Chat Times

What time could you make a chat on January 29th?

6pm (UTC)
1(14.3%)
7pm (UTC)
1(14.3%)
8pm (UTC)
1(14.3%)
9pm (UTC)
1(14.3%)
10pm (UTC)
1(14.3%)
11pm (UTC)
1(14.3%)
12am (UTC)
1(14.3%)
Earlier (Please specify when in comments)
0(0.0%)
Later (Please specify when in comments)
0(0.0%)
 
 
24 January 2017 @ 08:00 am
And now, the poll! Thanks so much to everybody who nominated book possibilities for February's Graphic Novel theme!

The poll & summaries are below. Please vote for the book you'd most like to read in February by Thursday, January 26th. The winning book will be announced Friday, January 27th.

Here are this month's choices!

1. Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
[Summary]Summary: Persepolis is the story of Satrapi's unforgettable childhood and coming of age within a large and loving family in Tehran during the Islamic Revolution; of the contradictions between private life and public life in a country plagued by political upheaval; of her high school years in Vienna facing the trials of adolescence far from her family; of her homecoming--both sweet and terrible; and, finally, of her self-imposed exile from her beloved homeland. It is the chronicle of a girlhood and adolescence at once outrageous and familiar, a young life entwined with the history of her country yet filled with the universal trials and joys of growing up.

Edgy, searingly observant, and candid, often heartbreaking but threaded throughout with raw humor and hard-earned wisdom--Persepolis is a stunning work from one of the most highly regarded, singularly talented graphic artists at work today.


2. Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Allison Bechdel
[Summary]Summary: In this graphic memoir, Alison Bechdel charts her fraught relationship with her late father.

Distant and exacting, Bruce Bechdel was an English teacher and director of the town funeral home, which Alison and her family referred to as the Fun Home. It was not until college that Alison, who had recently come out as a lesbian, discovered that her father was also gay. A few weeks after this revelation, he was dead, leaving a legacy of mystery for his daughter to resolve.


3. Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
[Summary]Summary: Nemeses! Dragons! Science! Symbolism! All these and more await in this brilliantly subversive, sharply irreverent epic from Noelle Stevenson. Featuring an exclusive epilogue not seen in the web comic, along with bonus conceptual sketches and revised pages throughout, this gorgeous full-color graphic novel is perfect for the legions of fans of the web comic and is sure to win Noelle many new ones.

Nimona is an impulsive young shapeshifter with a knack for villainy. Lord Ballister Blackheart is a villain with a vendetta. As sidekick and supervillain, Nimona and Lord Blackheart are about to wreak some serious havoc. Their mission: prove to the kingdom that Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin and his buddies at the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics aren't the heroes everyone thinks they are.

But as small acts of mischief escalate into a vicious battle, Lord Blackheart realizes that Nimona's powers are as murky and mysterious as her past. And her unpredictable wild side might be more dangerous than he is willing to admit.



Poll #2061829 February 2017 Book Poll
This poll is closed.

What book should we read in February?

Persepolis
2(33.3%)
Fun Home
1(16.7%)
Nimona
3(50.0%)


Remember to vote BEFORE Friday, January 27th! :D

<3 lauren3210 & gracerene
 
 
23 January 2017 @ 08:00 am
Just a reminder to get your February GRAPHIC NOVEL nominations in by the end of today!

BOOK NOMINATIONS