After the splendid discussion yesterday, I found a few themes running through the comments that were pretty consistent:
One, the first one went too fast and was posted too frequently. I agree with that quite a bit. Every day was almost overwhelming and caused some people to just start ignoring it.
Two, aside from that big complaint, the majority of people liked it. This includes a fair number of people who didn’t read the book, just the entries.
Taking those into consideration, along with the desire for people to have some advance notice and also the votes people indicated, I’ve decided to try it again with some little changes.
This time around, we’re going to read What Color Is Your Parachute? by Richard Nelson Bolles. I reviewed the 2007 edition of this book a while back, but for the book club I’m going to read the 2008 edition. Don’t worry, though – the annual updates to the book don’t really change much, so most older editions will be just fine.
There will be entries about the book only twice a week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The length of each one will be roughly the same as the previous time, varying heavily depending on the content of the reading. Some pieces of What Color Is Your Parachute? are very intense in terms of self-examination, so those readings will be very short. Others will be quite a bit longer. Overall, I believe it will have a few more entries than the previous book club, but the club will stretch out over three months or so instead of compressed into one month.
The first entry for this book club will happen on Saturday, December 1, 2007, with entries every Wednesday and Saturday following it.
The lower frequency should make it much easier for people who didn’t want to participate in the last one to avoid it as well as present a slower pace for people who want to slowly follow along.
I thoroughly enjoyed the last club and I also find What Color Is Your Parachute? to be a very valuable book on introspection (with a healthy dose of quirkiness). This should be fun!
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