The brain child of a handful of us. We wanted a place where we could read all those books our teachers hounded us with in school and discuss openly our thoughts and opinions without:
subsequently having to write five pages defending the opinion
being snubbed or vetoed by the literate elite (aka English Majors--yeah, I went there)
All things in good time This is not a "hey, I just read a good book" suggestion community. We are a book club/dicussion group. There will be a list, there will be deadlines, there will be open discussions of the reading.
If you want to do a book that isn't already on the list, drop a comment here with title and author, and we'll tack it on and get to it whenever.
Anything goes I'm not your teacher. I'm not going to stand behind the podium with my teacher's manual and tell you your perception of the book is wrong. That being said, do make sure you are clear, concise, and can back up what you're saying.
I'm not going to demand essays of anyone, but you do need to have clarification and reason for the argument. A single sentence does not constitute insight, nor in fact, does it constitute discussion. Any insight you may have about any aspect of a book--a character, a chapter, a scene, the book itself--should be at least a paragraph in length.
Be prepared People think differently, people percieve things different; that is probably the most significant aspect of reading comprehension, no two people will be wholely in agreement on what the important details/facts/themes of a particular work are. Be prepared for that.
There's little to discuss in the end if we all agree on the same things. However, that does not mean I anticipate fights breaking out. Discussions/debates should be civil and held to a reasonable level of discord.
This community is not only for discussions on classic literature. If there's anything contemporary or anything within the realm of online, by all means, bring it up. We'll work it into the list.
The List (in no special order, just as I thought them up or added them in): -And thanks to skylark97 for her patience and forethought in appending any necessary/relevant links to the titles.