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The Reddit Book Club

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Welcome to R/Bookclub

This sub is open to everyone: there's no signup process. We post about certain specific works. Most activity is for books selected (by vote) for the current month. You can post about any previous selection any time. Don't post about other stuff til you read the FAQ; if you post about some random book we delete your post.

The selected book of the month will have a schedule but you don't have to observe the schedule.

See this part of the FAQ for explanation of the types of posts

Current selections

| June 2017 | |--------------------| | Revolutionary Road | | Schedule | | Posts| | Marginalia |

| Summer 2017 | |--------------------| | Don Quixote | | Schedule | | [Posts]Coming Soon | | Marginalia |

|Summer Short Reads| |----| |Schedule| |[Marginalia] (| |#1: Death in Venice| |[Posts] Coming Soon| |#2: Ficciones| |[Posts]Coming Soon|

Vision/Audience/Feel/Whiffs: This sub aspires to maintain a place on the net where a bookish crowd exhibits and indulges its obsession with a fervor akin to and exceeding that which sports fans bring to sports fora. Our motto: book nerds nerding.

Most of what we discuss is literary fiction and classics. There are many other subs that focus on other genres.

Post Content: It is important to get that posts don't have to be insightful or deep. We have a low bar for profundity. Observation and hypothesis precede analysis and argument -- and saying something like "there's alliteration in this passage" can lead to discussion as rich as talking intellectual influences or the final point of a work -- if you know the words in a work, you know more about it than someone who read the wikipedia article. The point of a sub is to have conversations about how those minutiae are spun into interesting art.

You're encouraged to post a lot and not try to impress anyone -- participating in the sub should be like a being at a water-cooler with forgiving literati. It doesn't matter if you post something obvious. Or wrong, or obviously wrong. Just post about the contents of the book. Any tiny facet is okay. Don't let the fact that you are struggling to understand or appreciate something stop you from talking about what you do see.


Here are the full rules about what's on-topic and overview of the types of posts with funny tags

In brief:

  • You can post about any of our current or previous selections at any time. You don't have to wait for the schedule.
  • Posts with suggestions/criticisms of the sub itself are welcome.
  • Ads for bookish subs are okay.
  • You can post pointers to conversations in other subs or websites about current or previous selections.
  • Mods will remove most other posts, with arbitrary exceptions.

Selection: Anyone can nominate and vote for books in the monthly nomination threads. For more information, check out the FAQ's.

Any other questions? Message the moderators.

Sub Info

  • Previous Selections
  • Meta - posts about bookclub initiatives
  • All recent comments, not organized by thread. They are out of context but allow you to quickly skim back thru all responses
  • FAQ
  • Wiki -- suggestions for how to use the sub, navigation for old posts, web sites with interesting stuff for readers
  • Traffic stats for this sub
  • This sidebar not all squished up on the side of the page.

Other Bookish reddits

  • Other reddit bookclubs If bookclub's not your bag of tea, there are a bunch of reddit alternatives
  • r/books weekly threads Recommendations, whatcha reading, much more
  • r/literature, r/literatures, and r/AskLiteraryStudies

Calendar | | |:---|---:| |Glossary Below|| Rev Rd II.4-II.6|Jun 13 Voting July|Jun 17 Rev Rd III.1-III.3|Jun 17 LBSOSLP|Jun 18 Rev Rd III.4-III.6|Jun 21 Don Q P1B1C1-5|Jun 22 Rev Rd thru end|Jun 24 Announce July|Jun 24 Rev Rd Crit|Jun 27 Don Q P1B1C6-8|Jun 27 LBSOSLP|Jun 28 Don Q P1B2|Jul 2 SSR: DiV|Jul 5 LBSOSLP|Jul 6 Don Q P1B3C1-7|Jul 7 Don Q P1B3C8-13|Jul 12 Don Q P1B4C1-6|Jul 17 SSR: Ficc|Jul 20 Don Q P1B4C7-12|Jul 22 Don Q P1B4C13-18|Jul 27 Don Q P1B4C19-25|Aug 2


LBSOSLP: Poetry posts
PTS: Ponytail Shakespeare
Rev Rd: Revolutionary Road
Don Q: Don Quixote | P(art)B(ook)C(hapter)
SSR: Summer Short Reads
Ficc: Ficciones
DiV: Death in Venice


|Title|Month|Posts|Marginalia| |---|---|---|----| Crime And Punishment|Feb-Apr|posts|marg| White Teeth|April|| Dead Souls|April|| Neuromancer|March|| Blindness|March|| Portrait of the Artist|Feb 17|| Never Let Me Go|Feb 17|| Madame Bovary|Jan 17|posts|marg White Noise|Dec 16|posts|marg The Trial|Nov 16|posts|---| Vegetarian|Oct 16|posts|---|


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