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Subject: Virtual Romance Book Club
Date Posted: 7/31/2009 9:37 AM ET
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We have been talking in the what are you reading this week thread about a virtual book group since so many book groups read many genres that don't hold our interest.  So, I proposed we do one here.

Since tomorrow is the first of the month, let's say by the first of each month we all agree on a romance book to read.  By the 15th of each month, we can post questions regarding the book - like how did you like this chartacter or what did you think of this relationship, etc. and then we can spend the next two weeks chatting about it.  

This is a rough idea, gladly looking for additional input to smooth out the rough edges of the plan.  Maybe timing needs to be extended a little so everyone has time to get their hands on the book and read.  Not sure.  Let me know what you think. 

Date Posted: 7/31/2009 1:30 PM ET
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I would join if it's a book I have in my TBR (600+) or one my library has.  I'm not big on paranormals but I read them once in a while. 

I think the best thing to do would be , if you wanted to designate yourself as the hostess-would be to pick a few books and then maybe have those interested vote on them.  You could even take book suggestions from interested people to compose your list if you didn't want to pick the titles yourself.  You won't find 1 book that everyone has and wants to use. So pick some and choose the one the majority votes for to use that month. 

There's a Dick Francis book group going in The Mystery Thriller board. You could look at that and see what they've done.  There's also some going on Goodreads. 

Date Posted: 7/31/2009 1:36 PM ET
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I have a huge TBR pile and if it's in there or the library I am in.

Date Posted: 7/31/2009 2:07 PM ET
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Well then let's start with trying to pick a book for this first month then.  Here are some suggestions from books in my TBR (some are new, some are old and some are inbetween):

Nora Roberts - Black Hills

Jane Feather - A Wicked Gentleman

Danielle Steele - One Day at a Time

Shari Anton - Once a Bride

Mary Jo Putney - The Bargain (lol, yes this is the one I am currently reading so I would be a little ahead of the game)  :)

Date Posted: 7/31/2009 2:33 PM ET
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I think this would be a great idea  and I am with the rest  - I'm in as long as I already have the book or I can get it from the library.  I think it would be great to get suggestions from peoples TBR and throw out a few books and vote on one for the month.  I would also suggest you would, at least, do this a month in advance, so people who do not have the book can get it.



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Date Posted: 7/31/2009 2:40 PM ET
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Great suggestions Alissa.  I agree that we need some lead time to get the books. 

Let's say on the first of the month we start to solicit ideas for books with an answer by the 15th.  then we have until the 15th of the next month to get it and read it. - for example - August 1st - 7th we solicit ideas for the September book.  The 7th - 14th we vote and then the winner is announced on August 15th.  On September 15th the discussion questions for that book will be posted.

How does that sound?

Date Posted: 7/31/2009 4:36 PM ET
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I'm happy to join in, if convenient. Of those books, I would only read the Roberts - have either read all the others or don't like the authors. Or both. ;-) But I can always come in on another round.

Date Posted: 7/31/2009 5:07 PM ET
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Sounds good to me.  I would probably join in if I had the book already or I want to read it anyway. 

Date Posted: 7/31/2009 6:22 PM ET
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Yep I'd also like something that's been out a little bit so we either already have it or can get it without having to buy full-price.

I'm not a huge danielle steel fan - but I've liked a couple of hers and the last one I read would be good for discussion(the Ranch) but a lot of the books I read dont' really  have much to discuss I don't think... but anyways I'm game and if enough wanna read one I dont usually 'go for' then I'm probably game anyways! :-)

Date Posted: 7/31/2009 7:20 PM ET
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Count me in too as long as its an author that would interest me and I could get it at the library.  The only book I would be interested in is Black Hills (which I read already and really enjoyed!).  But....its hardcover, long wait list here and at the library so... I agree with needing something that isn't so brand new.  I'm up to new authors too and if I don't like it the one month, theres always next month :)

Date Posted: 7/31/2009 7:38 PM ET
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I don't read Nora Roberts or Danielle Steele.  Although I might give the Nora Roberts one a try if I can get if from teh library. The website says they have 1 copy.

My library has the Jane Feather and Mary Jo Putney books and I'd prefer one of them even though I haven't read either before. 

Date Posted: 8/1/2009 10:56 AM ET
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Well, let's not do Danielle Steele.  I have never been a real big fan of hers anyway.  :)

Sounds lile we should save the Nora Roberts for another month when its not so new?

Does anyone else want to throw a book suggestion out there?

:) I am looking forward to this.  i think it will be fun.

Date Posted: 8/1/2009 11:32 AM ET
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Catherine Anderson?

I have Blue Skies, Summer Breeze and Annie's Song in my TBR. I'm sure my library has some others.  I've already read Keegan's Lady, Comanche Moon and Comanche Heart.

Date Posted: 8/1/2009 12:45 PM ET
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Sounds like a great idea Jennifer, I would also be interested in participating. I second Mary's recommendation of Catherine Anderson, her stories have some "meat" to them that might make for a good discussion, she writes both contemporary and western, and her books do seem to be readily available at the library and here on PBS.

Date Posted: 8/1/2009 12:53 PM ET
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Count me in.  I will read just about any book by any author in the romance genre. 

Date Posted: 8/1/2009 6:14 PM ET
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As long as I can get a hold of the book I would love to join.

I'll pretty much read anything



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Date Posted: 8/1/2009 6:25 PM ET
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I have a few of Catherine Andersen's and have been wanting to give her a try!

Date Posted: 8/1/2009 8:22 PM ET
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I'd also be interested if it was a book I have -- Ditto for Catherine Anderson, I have a few in my TBR pile -- Would also do Nora Roberts but not the newest title - perhaps keep it a paperback initially since they would be easier for people to get if it is a book that they were interested in. Other authors to consider - Lisa Kleypas, Time Traveler's Wife, SEP, Loretta Chase. ?Anne Stuart - I have a ton of hers but haven't really read any yet. - I open to most authors.....

Date Posted: 8/1/2009 9:55 PM ET
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Another author to try is Julie James.  She only has two books out at the moment but her first, Just the Sexiest Man Alive, was funny!  I was snickering so much while reading it my hubby was like what is wrong with you? lol  Its not a steamy book...just funny,

I have been wanting to try Catherine Anderson so that sounds good....so does SEP, would love to reread some of hers.  Maybe we could do a different 'theme' each month?  Contemporary, historical, western, comedy, oldies but goodies?  

Date Posted: 8/2/2009 8:39 AM ET
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Different theme each month sounds great! It sounds like everyone is on board with Catherine Anderson so now we just need to decide which title. Here are some of Catherine Anderson's books: Annie's Song - American Historical Blue Skies (although this looks like #4 in a series, and personally I prefer to read series in order) - Contemporary Keegan's Lady (first in the above series) Forever After - Contemporary Cherish - Western Historical Romance My vote is for Cherish or Keegan's Lady. :)
Date Posted: 8/3/2009 11:33 AM ET
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As with some of the others here, I'd be willing to join in as long as it's not an author I despise! lol But I think this is a great idea. A great way to get into some authors that I otherwise wouldn't have. So I'm in!
Date Posted: 8/3/2009 3:01 PM ET
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It actually could be fun to do it even with an author you don't like, I suppose - though perhaps would be annoying for the other people. ;-)

Date Posted: 8/3/2009 4:04 PM ET
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I would love to use Annie's Song.  I don't think her books really need to be read in order.  She's an author that I would go buy a copy if the you picked a book of hers that wasn't in my TBR or the library. 

I have Blue Skies, Annie's Song and Summer Breeze.  I have read Cherrish, Keegan's Lady, Comanche Moon and Comanche Heart.

I think Annie's Song would be a great one to do a book discussion about because of the heroine's real disabilities and her perceived disabilities and the things that happen to her. I was just reading peoples reviews about this book on Goodreads.  It seemed like everyone either really loved it or hated it.

Date Posted: 8/3/2009 7:45 PM ET
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I have Cherish, Annie's Song, and Blue Skies and easy access to the other Anderson books (thank you library). Looking forward to which ever book is chosen!

Date Posted: 8/3/2009 10:26 PM ET
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I have Blue  Skiies and Only by your touch or something like that. haven't checked out my library's selection but unless the description sounds totally icky I'm willing to order it from here or look at ubs.

eta: dont' see Annie's Song at my library but looked at the description here and it says she was raped by the hero's brother - how descriptive is this part??



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