The voting was helpful, but ultimately pointed out that the best way to do this is just to go through everybody’s recommendations in turn. As some of us have to specially order the books, I figure the sooner we set the list the better. Therefore I’m just gonna call it. We’ll be starting with Anne Tyler’s “Back When We Were Grownups” for August and then moving on to Alice Sebold’s “The Lovely Bones” for September. After that we’ll go through the rest of the list, probably just in order. I think we should shoot for, say, the 25th of each month to start our discussion. Then we won’t have too much book overlap. I’m going to be working on a new section of the site for us where you’ll be able to see the whole list, read the past discussions, and possibly even get additional links and information about the books. So stay tuned for that! But for now, get cracking on the Anne Tyler!

(Also, it’s perfectly cool if you have to skip a month or you don’t want to read a particular book. This is just a social group and we’re not gonna kick you out or anything. It would be awesome though if people would try stuff they wouldn’t normally read. Even if you hate it, at least that’ll make for a more interesting discussion!)


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  1. Most excellent. Both books have been ordered by yours truely…can’t wait 🙂

  2. I couldn’t help myself… After reading the first two chapters of The Lovely Bones on Amazon, I had to rush out to Borders and pick up a copy. I read it in about four hours. Now I’ll have to wait two months to actually discuss it with someone! Buh! 😉

  3. hey kris – i got that will self book from the library once and tried to read it, but the image on the cover kept freaking me out so much i could barely get started on it! (remember that monkey mask i bought from a garage sale? and it was so goddamned scary i think i eventually threw it away? weirdness.)

  4. Ack! Do NOT give anything away, Moire! I’ve got that thing on order! 🙂

  5. Notice how I didn’t mention whether or not I liked or disliked the book? I don’t WANT to give anything away! You must read it and form your own opinions, and then share them with me! So, I won’t mention it again. I promise. 🙂

  6. Sure, you didn’t mention it, but would you have burned through a shit book you hated in four hours? The jig is up. Of course, that just makes me more eager to read it too! 🙂

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