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Subject:Sunday Book Club question
Time:05:46 pm
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Something I sorta noticed, but I'm not sure of: What kind of correlation between books and recommendations by each character is there? Or is there any?

Ok, that's an awkward question. Perhaps some examples...

If (as in the case of this most recent book) Tamara recommends a book, I can guess that it's going to be a children's book, or in this case, a book having to do with African(-American) culture.

Dewey's recommendations are going to be Graphic Novels, YA books and Science Fiction. Or Zombies. Or maybe all of them at the same time.

Was it Colleen and Mel who were arguing Freakonomics vs some other book I don't recall offhand? They don't recommend enough books.

(Frankly, I would appreciate some sort of level guide for the books listed. I picked up Dragon and Thief a while back out of the club, but might not have had I realized it was a YA book. Nothing against YA, but I finished it in about 2 hours, and it would have helped to know that ahead of time.)

I ramble because I care...
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ext_80078
Subject:characters and book clubs
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Time:2008-01-22 03:45 am (UTC)
I think you've nailed it pretty well. We usually ask ourselves who is the right person to book talk. Sometimes it's by interest - Colleen did the triathlon book a few months back - but usually it's by job title.

As for level guides, we try to telegraph that with who the book is being talked to. If it's a kid, it's probably a kid's book. If it's a teen, it's for teens, etc. Our basic goal is to spark interest. If we make a book sound interesting there are a gazillion other resources to find more about it. We attempt to be neither comprehensive nor authoritative, just entertaining and, hopefully, inspirational.
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lib_chick42
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Time:2008-01-22 10:05 pm (UTC)
I agree... it would be useful to have some sort of guide to indicate where the book comes from. I understand that certain characters are going to recommend certain kinds of books (that really does make sense), but within each character there is a fairly wide range of interests and reading levels.

I too have been tempted to pick up some of the books that are recommended- but haven't yet, mostly due to time constraints (I am in grad school, after all)
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ext_80078
Subject:Okay...
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Time:2008-01-24 12:59 am (UTC)
What do you mean "where the book comes from"?
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lib_chick42
Subject:Re: Okay...
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Time:2008-01-24 01:25 am (UTC)
Sorry... I mean an idea of what type of book it is- what the reading level is, especially, as it's not always obvious from the comic. There have been a lot of really interesting books in the book club, and it would be nice to have some indication so that readers of the "Sunday Book Club" would be able to judge how long it would take them to read the book, or if it's beyond their abilities (eg: I have now managed to get a few friends of mine with children- both young and not so young- hooked too)
I hope that clears up my meaning at least a little.
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ext_80078
Subject:Re: Okay...
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Time:2008-01-24 05:01 pm (UTC)
I guess my answer stays the same, at least for now. We point you at the books, at which point there are ample resources (e.g. Amazon) for finding out more about them.
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