Board housekeeping question

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Board housekeeping question
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Wed, 03-09-2011 - 4:30pm

I forgot all about getting suggestions for a March BOTM and that led me to wondering if we should be spacing them out to every two months. What would you prefer? And is there a different method of discussion you'd like? The discussion questions we usually have tend not to get a lot of response, so it's okay if we'd all rather have an open thread for discussing a book or any other way that's not coming to me at the moment. ;)

Basically, my questions come down to "What would you like?" If you have any thoughts/suggestions, I'd love to hear them. Otherwise, I'll go by my own ideas and what's worked in the past, but will be asking for input regularly because I'm pesky like that. LOL

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Thu, 03-10-2011 - 12:54am

The problem for me is none of the books are ever at my library, and I don't buy books very often. So I usually don't read the book, or join in the discussion.

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Thu, 03-10-2011 - 7:16am
I don't mind them once a month, but two months would be ok too. Personally, I don't like discussion questions too much. Especially ones that make me feel like I'm in English class in high school lol. By that I mean, questions that don't really start discussions, but just check to see if you read the book. I like the idea of having an open discussion about the BOTM. Especially now that we have a spoiler tool, so we won't ruin anything for fellow readers.


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Thu, 03-10-2011 - 12:22pm
I ran into the same problem once I'd determined I spent too much on books each year and should really cut back. At first I felt like a bad CL for not being able to join in the discussions, but then I just started suggesting books from my own collection (older) and those that were over a year so that I could get them through interlibrary loans.

Not sure if that strategy would work for you, but I do understand not being in on the latest releases.

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Thu, 03-10-2011 - 12:25pm
Sometimes I've felt the same way about provided discussion questions and I probably write similar ones myself. Doh!

I'd totally forgotten about the spoiler tag, but that is a very good point.

So far I'm thinking open discussion and an attempt to bring more library-friendly titles into the suggestion process.

We should probably start the April suggestions soon to get a jump on it. ;)

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Thu, 03-10-2011 - 9:41pm
I could do either monthly or bimonthly and love the open discussion idea!! :)

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Fri, 03-11-2011 - 12:31am
Thanks for your input! I'm glad we have good direction with the open discussion concept. :)

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Fri, 03-11-2011 - 6:50am
I don't buy books anymore either. It seemed like such a waste of money if I was only going to read it once.


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Fri, 03-11-2011 - 12:01pm
Yep, I've passed on a couple books of the month that were good but I didn't see myself reading them over and over. I also felt bad for others who couldn't participate in the discussions.

Considering how many books we should have available to us even going back as far as C.S. Lewis' writing days, I don't think we'll ever run out of borrowed books to nominate. :) And those who do buy new releases (or get review copies as I sometimes do) can be our "taste-testers" ;) and post reviews so we know what to add to our to-be-read lists!

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Fri, 03-11-2011 - 5:41pm

Becca,

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Fri, 03-11-2011 - 6:08pm
It definitely does! I'll start thinking of the best way to evaluate suggestions that way. I suppose we could also say, "Let's do only one new book a year" since most of us are library borrowers instead of buyers. Then our nominations would likely be easier to find. And we could re-evaluate that if we attract more and more boardies who buy, maybe add in one or two books more each year depending on how many we do a year...

Now I wonder if I'm making sense as I ramble "aloud." LOL

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