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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

|Mar 2017 1 of 2| |----| |Neuromancer| |Schedule| |Posts| |Marginalia|

|Big Read Feb - Apr| |------| |Crime and Punishment| |by Dostoevsky| |Schedule - Starts Feb 18| |Gutenberg Text| |Posts| |Marginalia|

|April 2017 1 of 2 | |----| |White Teeth| |Schedule| |[Posts] coming apr 1 | |[Marginalia] coming apr 1 |

|April 2017 2 of 2 | |----| |Dead Souls| |[Schedule] (| |[Posts] pending | |[Marginalia] pending | |Gutenberg, Hogarth trns | |Wikisource, Garnett trns

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

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|| Neuro Ch 13-15 |Mar 22 April Announce|Mar 23 LBSOSLP #12|Mar 24 Neuro Ch 16-18 |Mar 25 C+P Thru IV.2 | Mar 25 Blindness Pts 12-15|Mar 26 Neuro Ch 19-21 |Mar 28 Blindness Pts 16-17|Mar 30 Dead: Marginalia|Mar 30 Neuro Ch 22-24 |Mar 31 C+P end of IV | Apr 1 White Teeth mrgnalia|Apr 1 LBSOSLP #13|Apr 2 Dead: Thru I.3|Apr 3 White Teeth Ch 1-5|Apr 7 Dead: Thru I.8|Apr 7 C+P Thru V.4| Apr 8 LBSOSLP #14|Apr 8 Dead: Style|Apr 9 Dead: Thru Part I|Apr 10 White Teeth Ch 6-10|Apr 11 Accum 10|Apr 12 Dead: Crit'm I|Apr 14 C+P Thru VI.4 | Apr 15 LBSOSLP #15|Apr 16 White Teeth Ch 11-15|Apr 16 May Vote|Apr 18 White Teeth Ch 16-20|Apr 21 Dead: Thru II.3|Apr 19 C+P End of book | Apr 22 LBSOSLP #16|Apr 24 May Announce|Apr 24 Dead: Thru End|Apr 25 WhiteT. cncpts+themes|Apr 26 Dead: Crit'm II|Apr 28 C+P Catch-up, reviews|Apr 29 White T. comparisons|Apr 30 LBSOSLP #17|Apr 30 Accum 11|May 2 Accum 12|May 12 June Vote|May 15 June Announce|May 23


Crit'm: Criticism, book reviews, notes from blog posts/mail lists, very wide net of criticism
C+P: Crime and Punishment
LBSOSLP: Poetry posts
PTS: Ponytail Shakespeare
White T: White Teeth, April Selection Dead: Dead Souls, April Selection


|Title|Month|Posts|Marginalia| |---|---|---|----| Crime And Punishment|Feb-Apr|posts|marg| 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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