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Pick-for-Me Book Club: sign-ups (January).

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It is likely I will die next to a pile of things I was meaning to read.

Don’t let that happen to you!

Join the “Pick For Me Book Club”!

At the beginning of the month, everyone who wants to participate posts a link to their to-be-read” list (it can be on Goodreads, an post on your LJ, a google document…whatever you prefer, just so it’s publicly available).

After all interested parties sign up, I will assign everyone a ‘buddy’. Then each person goes to their buddy’s to-be-read list and picks 2 books (a main choice and a back-up) that they want them to read during that month. (You can choose to read just one of the books picked for you or both of them if you choose.) Then at the end of the month, we have a post where everyone talks about the books they read.

This is the ‘perfect’ book club for anyone who has books that have been on your to-be-read list forever & you just keep putting them off. Maybe someone will pick a book to get you out of a ‘reading rut’. Maybe you’ll find a new favorite book or author.

Adventure is out there!




Sign-ups will be open thru Saturday January 4.

Buddy Assignments will be posted January 5. Check your buddy’s to-be-read list & select a 1st choice and a 2nd choice. Comment with your choices to the Buddy Assignments post. Be sure to check the comments to see what your buddy chooses for you!

IF YOU DO NOT RECEIVE A PICK FROM YOUR BUDDY BY JANUARY 10, PLEASE LET ME KNOW & I WILL PICK BOOKS FOR YOU.

I will open a ‘sharing’ post on January 27 (which will remain open thru February 1) where you can talk about the book that was selected for you. Give a short summary, tell us whether or not you’d recommend it, give it a letter grade, rant, rave, write a book report that’s a throwback to the 3rd grade, WHATEVER. If you don’t finish the book, comment to the ‘sharing’ post anyway: if you didn’t finish because you didn’t have the time, let us know what you thought of the part you did read…and if you hated it and gave up, we want to know the reasons why.

Sign-ups for Round 2 will run concurrently with the ‘sharing’ post (if there is enough interest, that is). I anticipate snags the first month, hopefully I can figure out how to fix them so things go more smoothly in the future.

Other random notes: if there are books on your to-be-read list that you don’t have access to at this time, please be sure to let your buddy know….audio books & graphic novels count…if you have questions/comments/concerns/suggestions during the month, feel free to send me a PM anytime.


Sign-up now!
Just copy & paste in comments:





All posts pertaining to the book club will be made public so ANYONE can participate, whether they’re on my flist or not. Pimp it out on your journal & get your friends to join. The more the merrier!

Pimp it!


Questions? Just drop me a message!



Sign-ups are now CLOSED.

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amyofaquitaine
Dec. 30th, 2013 02:37 pm (UTC)
Favorite genre: Historical fiction
Favorite book: Other than the Harry Potter series...The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Favorite author: JK Rowling
Link to your to-be-read list (can be a google doc, an open post on your LJ, your goodreads account, a post on another blog, etc): My TBR shelf.
Anything else you think we should know? I only read 2 books in 2013 that weren't historical fiction (and all but 3 of the HF books I read were set during the War of the Roses/Tudor England/Borgia Italy)...I need to break out of my rut!

perf
Dec. 30th, 2013 02:38 pm (UTC)
Favorite genre: Memoirs, contemporary fiction, true crime, sociology, hipster lit, YA
Favorite book: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, the Phantom Tollbooth, Eleanor and Park, The Spectacular Now, Just One Day, Helter Skelter, The Invention of Hugo Cabret
Favorite author: Nick Hornby, Tom Perrotta, Chad Kultgen, Chuck Klosterman, Jen Lancaster...
Link to your to-be-read list (can be a google doc, an open post on your LJ, your goodreads account, a post on another blog, etc):Goodreads to be read shelf ahh I didn't realize there were so many on there so GOOD LUCK PARDNER.
Anything else you think we should know? I just figured out you can purchase books on Google Play and have them added on to your cellphone bill... this could be trouble.

Edited at 2013-12-30 02:39 pm (UTC)
icecoldrain
Dec. 31st, 2013 01:19 am (UTC)
I had to check out your list because of your comment and that's when I realized that I've got almost 400 books on my list! At least there's a ton to choose from? lol!
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kaitydid33087
Dec. 30th, 2013 02:54 pm (UTC)
Favorite genre: YA fiction, fantasy, classic lit
Favorite book: Harry Potter, the Hunger Games, the Secret Life of Bees, to Kill a Mockingbird, The Jessica Darling books, A Series of Unfortunate Events, the Lorian Legacy series (I Am Number Four,I forgot the name of the second one, The Rise of Nine, and there's another one out too)
Favorite author: JKR, Lemony Snicket, Megan McCafferty
Link to your to-be-read list (can be a google doc, an open post on your LJ, your goodreads account, a post on another blog, etc): My Goodreads. I don't have anything on my bookshelf...because I'm bad at using it. But, I have several books in my "to read" pile. Divergent, The Fault in Our Stars, the Great Gatsby...and I'm sure there are more that I can't think of rn.
Anything else you think we should know? Not that I know of? I'm just kind of needing to read more. I have a Kindle, but I prefer the experience of laying down and reading a book.


Edited at 2013-12-30 02:59 pm (UTC)
perf
Dec. 30th, 2013 04:44 pm (UTC)
OH MY GOD I LOVE THE JESSICA DARLING SERIES SO SO SO SO SO MUCH.
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nightlydivision
Dec. 30th, 2013 03:29 pm (UTC)
Favorite genre:Mystery, Suspense
Favorite book:It's a toss up between the Harry Potter and the Song of Ice and Fire Series
Favorite author: Again, toss up! JK Rowling, Georger RR Martin, JR Ward
Link to your to-be-read list (can be a google doc, an open post on your LJ, your goodreads account, a post on another blog, etc): If you have a goodreads, here are my shelves.
Anything else you think we should know?Sometimes I read really really fast, but with work and all the other stuff I have going on, I haven't really read too much, or it doesn't seem that way, when it took me 4 months to finish a 1000 page book. Also, just started a book, so may not finish a large book if it's picked for me. Would also prefer a book on my not read shelf to read at first.

Okay, ramble over :)


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wasureneba
Dec. 30th, 2013 04:47 pm (UTC)
Favorite genre: Sci-fi/fantasy and essays, though I generally have very broad tastes and read fairly widely.
Favorite book: I don't have one -- there's too many wonderful books out there.
Favorite author: Catherynne Valente
Link to your to-be-read list (can be a google doc, an open post on your LJ, your goodreads account, a post on another blog, etc): This Google doc has the list that I most want to work on reading this year (books that I own but haven't read yet!). My Goodreads to-read is huuuuge, and I'm trying to do some more targeted reading before I have to move later this year. ^^;;
Anything else you think we should know? I'm pretty busy -- I'm writing a dissertation, teaching, and looking for a new full-time job -- so although I've got all sorts of heavy math and philosophy books on my list, I really don't have time to get through them. I've bolded the books that are most likely to fit successfully into my schedule; luckily, there's a lot of them. :)
tanyareed
Dec. 30th, 2013 05:29 pm (UTC)
Favorite genre: fantasy, though I read pretty much anything fiction except horror that I think I might like
Favorite book: Wizard's First Rule by Terry Goodkind
Favorite author: Fannie Flagg, David Eddings, Cecelia Ahern, Terry Pratchett...too many to list just one.
Link to your to-be-read list (can be a google doc, an open post on your LJ, your goodreads account, a post on another blog, etc): http://amuselikeruby.livejournal.com/17054.html
Anything else you think we should know? In 2012, I did a year of experimental reading and read 120 books in one year. I broke my brain. In 2013, I read 20 books. I'm trying to get back into reading because I miss it. I'm hoping this will help. Please don't be angry with me if I occasionally do not finish my book club book.



Edited at 2013-12-30 06:32 pm (UTC)
mabith
Dec. 30th, 2013 05:30 pm (UTC)
Favorite genre: History, general non-fiction, historical fiction, comics

Favorite book: The Well of Loneliness, The Guns of August, Swallows and Amazons

Favorite author: Too hard... I love Steinbeck, Elizabeth Gaskell, Barbara Tuchman, Gail Collins, James Hillman...

Link to your to-be-read list (can be a google doc, an open post on your LJ, your goodreads account, a post on another blog, etc): Just linking to the ones I own and haven't read:
http://mabith.livejournal.com/629652.html

Anything else you think we should know? I don't think so... I'm very picky about science fiction and fantasy, so maybe don't choose those few that are on my list? Here are my Goodreads and LibraryThing accounts in case that's helpful:
https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/753075-meredith
https://www.librarything.com/profile/mabith
ladysophiekitty
Dec. 30th, 2013 06:39 pm (UTC)
Favorite genre: I read a lot of YA, but I like all kinds of genres.
Favorite book: This is something that changes constantly depending on my mood, but right now I am in love with Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte and Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka Brunt
Favorite author: Juliet Marillier
Link to your to-be-read list (can be a google doc, an open post on your LJ, your goodreads account, a post on another blog, etc): https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/5556618?shelf=kindle-tbr
Anything else you think we should know?

leia131
Dec. 30th, 2013 07:01 pm (UTC)
Yay! I'll have to wait to sign up until I'm back in NC and can look at our bookshelf, but I am so in!
currentscarryou
Dec. 30th, 2013 08:00 pm (UTC)
Favorite genre: Classics, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Historical Non-Fiction
Favorite book: East of Eden by Steinbeck
Favorite author: John Steinbeck, Kurt Vonnegut
Link to your to-be-read list (can be a google doc, an open post on your LJ, your goodreads account, a post on another blog, etc): https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/1705428-kelsey?shelf=to-read
Anything else you think we should know? I re-did my list, just know that some are series, so if you pick a book out of the series, it should probably be #1, haha (except for A Song of Fire and Ice because those are just brilliant).



Edited at 2013-12-31 06:09 am (UTC)
_endangered
Dec. 30th, 2013 08:03 pm (UTC)
Favorite genre: Ohhh contemporary fiction, horror/thriller, YA, short stories...
Favorite book: 1984, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Help.
Favorite author: Stephen King, Joe Hill, John Green
Link to your to-be-read list (can be a google doc, an open post on your LJ, your goodreads account, a post on another blog, etc): My GR one is too long, so here is a condensed one:
http://users.livejournal.com/_endangered/131653.html
Anything else you think we should know? Umm feel free to pick 2-3 because I tend to read about 6-10 books a month :)
arctic_comet
Dec. 30th, 2013 11:10 pm (UTC)
Favorite genre: Fantasy/romance, and I read a lot of YA books.
Favorite book: Airman by Eoin Colfer, all the Percy Jackson books by Rick Riordan, Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult and like a million others.
Favorite author: Eoin Colfer, J.K Rowling, Rick Riordan, Jodi Picoult. Sophie Kinsella and J.R Ward for guilty pleasures.
Link to your to-be-read list (can be a google doc, an open post on your LJ, your goodreads account, a post on another blog, etc): https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/14397134-arctic-comet?shelf=to-read
Anything else you think we should know? I have access to almost all the books on my to-read list, so feel free to choose anything you want from the shelf :)
tanyareed
Dec. 31st, 2013 12:25 am (UTC)
I just wanted to say your list is awesome!
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icecoldrain
Dec. 31st, 2013 01:16 am (UTC)
Favorite genre: Mystery.
Favorite book: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Favorite author: It's between J.K. Rowling and Juliet Blackwell.
Link to your to-be-read list (can be a google doc, an open post on your LJ, your goodreads account, a post on another blog, etc): My to-be-read list on goodreads.
Anything else you think we should know? I finally put the library app on my Nook and I've been checking out e-books like crazy! Some of the books on my to-read list may not be available through the library, so I'll let you know if any of your book choices are unavailable!
theviolonist
Dec. 31st, 2013 01:23 am (UTC)
Favorite genre: Classic lit, historical fiction, non-fiction (especially biographies and autobiographies)
Favorite book: Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov, Wolf Hall series by Hilary Mantel, Perfume by Patrick Suskind, Sa Seigneurie by Shaine Cassim and Vango by Thimothée de Fombelle.
Favorite author: Hilary Mantel has terrific style, and Thimothée de Fombelle is a top-notch human being with great ideas about writing. Also probably Sylvia Plath?
Link to your to-be-read list (can be a google doc, an open post on your LJ, your goodreads account, a post on another blog, etc): There you go.
Anything else you think we should know? I read pretty much everything, so that list isn't exhaustive at all. And I read in both French and English, so if you're into that, that's cool : )
cryptaknight
Dec. 31st, 2013 01:45 am (UTC)
Favorite genre: YA or urban fantasy
Favorite book: Harry Potter, The Stand
Favorite author: Stephen King
Link to your to-be-read list (can be a google doc, an open post on your LJ, your goodreads account, a post on another blog, etc): My Goodreads
Anything else you think we should know? I really like all sorts of fiction, so if you have an awesome recommendation that doesn't fit my genres, feel free to throw it my way!
undercrowns
Dec. 31st, 2013 02:40 am (UTC)
Favorite genre: thrillers/suspense, YA, most contemporary fiction, any nonfiction about psychology, spirituality, or sociology
Favorite book: The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath or The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien
Favorite author: Chuck Palahniuk, Sylvia Plath, Toni Morrison
Link to your to-be-read list (can be a google doc, an open post on your LJ, your goodreads account, a post on another blog, etc): Goodreads!
Anything else you think we should know? I'm a youth services librarian, so I'm really trying to read more adult (or at least YA) books in 2014! That said, my job also gives me access to essentially my entire to-read list :]
perf
Dec. 31st, 2013 03:37 am (UTC)
ugh I'm pretty sure I tell you this every time you mention being a youth services librarian but YOU HAVE MY DREAM JOB! (edit: ugh in the best way, of course.)

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tralfamadore
Dec. 31st, 2013 03:09 am (UTC)
Favorite genre: I can't list just one. Nonfiction, queer, memoirs (particularly concerning disability), or science fiction.
Favorite book: Einstein's Dreams by Alan Lightman, or The Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut.
Favorite author: Kurt Vonnegut *cough* username *cough*
Link to your to-be-read list (can be a google doc, an open post on your LJ, your goodreads account, a post on another blog, etc): Here is a Google Document.
Anything else you think we should know? I recently graduated, so I wouldn't mind reading some things that are entirely for the fun of it. In recent years I've been reading primarily nonfiction, so please feel free to break me out of my rut. I tried to list several of different options.
currentscarryou
Dec. 31st, 2013 04:00 am (UTC)
Yes. Kurt Vonnegut, and the BEST Vonnegut novel. <3.
vivaciousmuse
Dec. 31st, 2013 05:28 am (UTC)
Favorite genre: YA Lit, fantasy, Gothic Victorian classics, historical fiction, mythology
Favorite book: Harry Potter, The Raven Boys, Percy Jackson, Alpha and Omega series, The Hunger Games
Favorite author: Neil Gaiman, Maggie Steifvater, John Green, Patricia Briggs
Link to your to-be-read list (can be a google doc, an open post on your LJ, your goodreads account, a post on another blog, etc): TBR Shelf
Anything else you think we should know? I've been sucking it up so bad in the reading department, so I'm hoping this gets me going again! I'm a fast reader so I'll happily accept more than one. :)
adaptation
Dec. 31st, 2013 07:20 am (UTC)
Favorite genre: romantic suspense, urban fantasy
Favorite book: Harry Potter series, "We" by Yvgeny Zamyatin, the Hunger Games trilogy, the Newsflesh series
Favorite author: JK Rowling, Sandra Brown, Mira Grant
Link to your to-be-read list: this is the really long goodreads one and this is the shorter, more immediate one
Anything else you think we should know? Game of Thrones is in both lists but I'm actually halfway through it right now
becofoz
Dec. 31st, 2013 07:59 am (UTC)
Favorite genre: Crime/Mystery/Thriller
Favorite book: Harry Potter series or Anne of Green Gables series (totally goes against my favourite genre).
Favorite author: I don't really have one.
Link to your to-be-read list (can be a google doc, an open post on your LJ, your goodreads account, a post on another blog, etc): My TBR shelf - this is by no means comprehensive and will be added to when I find the time (also, my currently reading books could be added to this list...)
Anything else you think we should know? Not that I can think of at the moment...
thepeculiarcat
Dec. 31st, 2013 09:20 pm (UTC)
Favorite genre: historical fiction, contemporry fiction, dystopian YA, arm chair travel, crime/suspense
Favorite book: Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, The Poe Shadow (Matthew Pearl)
Favorite author: Matthew Pearl and JK Rowling
Link to your to-be-read list (can be a google doc, an open post on your LJ, your goodreads account, a post on another blog, etc): My Owned TBR list on Goodreads This will likely be updated frequently, given my book buying habit.
Anything else you think we should know? I'm a school teacher and have to write lessons for 9 distinctly different classes and coach softball all the while... if you assign me Les Mis, I will gladly read it, but it may take a few months!
amyofaquitaine
Dec. 31st, 2013 09:29 pm (UTC)
Oh, how I would love to rig the assigning of buddies so that I can pick Shadow of Night for you lololol... ;)

HOW HAVE I NEVER HEARD OF THIS HARRY POTTER: THE SEQUEL?!?!? What rock have I been living under?!?! I feel the need to hand in my HP fan card... :(

Edited at 2013-12-31 09:30 pm (UTC)
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csichick_2
Jan. 1st, 2014 05:06 am (UTC)
Favorite genre: spy novels
Favorite book: The Bourne Identity
Favorite author: a toss up between Robert Ludlum and Tom Clancy
Link to your to-be-read list (can be a google doc, an open post on your LJ, your goodreads account, a post on another blog, etc): https://docs.google.com/document/d/1wqaGY_jzUQxYjUfzC9KgMYGnijSVLDtaCDimGjRlGg8/edit?usp=docslist_api
Anything else you think we should know? Sorry for the ugly link, but I'm on my phone and it's not fond of HTML coding
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pleasant_valley
Jan. 2nd, 2014 02:56 pm (UTC)
The Book of Lost Things is amazing! ♥
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invsagoth
Jan. 2nd, 2014 09:47 am (UTC)
Favorite genre: Fantasy (high fantasy, urban, etc), scifi, comics, manga
Favorite book: LOTR trilogy, Mary Stewart's the Merlin trilogy, Hunger Games trilogy, Dragon Bones, The Wee Free Men, Good Omens, Young Avengers, His Dark Materials, Harry Potter (all), Dragonsinger, Dragonsong, Enders Game, Moon Called, Fudoki (omg there are so many how can you pick one?)
Favorite author: Tolkien, Neil Gaiman, Terry Prachett, Patricia Briggs, Anne McCaffrey, Isaac Asimov, etc
Link to your to-be-read list (can be a google doc, an open post on your LJ, your goodreads account, a post on another blog, etc):
https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/18752336-milleniumgypsy?shelf=to-read
Anything else you think we should know?
I'm most likely to succeed at getting this read if it's available as an audiobook because I listen to books all day at work to not go insane. xD
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