Month: February | Date: 2/23/13
Genre: Epic Fantasy
Book: The Eye of the World
Our February meeting was to discuss The Eye of the World in its entirety. Wonderful turnout this week with 8 of 9 members!
Stephanie (host), Amy, Carrie, Cathy, Celeste, Norma, Shari, & Taja.
Not in Attendance: Holly
The Eye of the World was completed by all in attendance except for myself, Norma, & Cathy. I (of us 3) read to my 100pg minimum, having gotten to pg.283.
Not that this was discussed, but I would like us to really try to take the min-page requirement seriously. Should we lower the minimum page requirement to 50 pgs or maybe change it to a certain small % of the book? We really should all at least try each book, regardless if it is within a genre we are used to, or if we are busy that month. Maybe 25 pgs, 50 pgs would be more manageable? I really would like everyone’s thoughts on this. To weigh in, please see our discussion: Minimum Page Requirement – Should we change it??
Anyway, the general talk about the book was that it was generally well liked. Of the people who finished it, I gathered that all were interested in continuing the series. Some were disappointing that the book had major plot points that were revealed early on, and so not a surprise later as the climax would typically suggest.. but that its having continuing novels makes that fact OK for now. I, personally, am still going to chisel away at it until finished, although that may not be for some time, in the future, once my brain has returned to my own control.
As per usual, we got off track and discussed way more than our book topic. We proposed a suggestion to try next meeting:
We decided that to try to keep better on track, we would each pose a question, prepared before each meeting, to discuss with the group about that month’s book.
The volunteer host for our End-of-March meeting is Norma. I will update our Event page with her address shortly. Our March book, to begin reading today, is Life After Life which will be discussed during that time.
Please try to remember to answer the event page each month. If you are unsure, you can always choose “maybe” and update it later. It is often helpful to the host to know how many people to prepare for.
Our April genre selection is Horror, with chosen sub-genre: Vampires, omitting vampire books within the young-adult category. I will be accepting additions to the bookshelf for addition into the April Poll until March 8th (please add under the tags to-read & adult-vampire). The poll will be up for voting March 9th through 22nd, or until all votes are in. The April Book Selection Winner will be announced on March 23rd, unless all votes are in before then, in which case the winner will be announced immediately.
It was proposed that I hide the voting results until the end of the poll to eliminate the possibility of “Mob Mentality” so everyone votes on only their favorite choice, and not on their favorite of the books already voted on. So, this will be true for the upcoming poll (anyone with objections should speak up next meeting). As per usual, I will remain out of the vote for the beginning (since I am the one choosing the polled books) in case a tie breaker is needed toward the end.
There was another topic I wanted you all to consider. The summer months are coming, and we had posed a question during our first meeting back in October that we might consider doing a read that would involve the kids of the club-members. If we decide to go ahead with this, I propose this be during July -the mid summer month- but am taking suggestions. During this read, we would choose a younger genre, and the children would be welcomed to the meeting to discuss the book with us. It would be a good way to get kids to read during the summer months, to be involved, and it may be interesting to get a younger perspective on a book we have read. In today’s meeting, we discussed The Wonder Years, in a wildly off-topic leap, and noticed how as adults, the show is completely different. Taking this into consideration, a book with kids involved would offer that completely different perspective that, as adults, we have forgotten. Please let me know your thoughts on this. I will open discussion on this in another topic: Bring your child to book-club? Summer Months?.