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August 2012 Steepster Book Club

Good morning!

A number of you said on the other thread that you would be interested in a Steepster book club! :)

I wish it was possible for us to do something like www.thegoldennotebook.com, but I don’t think that would work with a novel unless it was in public domain and we could copy and paste…

Anyway, moving forward. If you have a book you would like to nominate, please do so on this thread! Maybe in a week we will vote on nominations to give everyone a chance to purchase the book and start reading it?

Suggestions can be tea related or not, whatever suits your fancy! I still have to go and think of which book I want to nominate… hmmmm!

Looking forward to hearing your nominations! :)

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I’m going to transfer over our first nomination from the other thread: These Days

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/jackcheng/these-days-a-novel

(This hits home with me because I dated a guy who didn’t text once and I thought he was the strangest person I had ever met for CHOOSING to not be a part of technology!)

Uniquity said

We’re a rare breed. I do have a cell phone (rather than a land line) but I have no texting plan and absolutely no motivation to get one. Or a smart phone. I wouldn’t call it choosing to not be part of technology but I guess it could seem that way. : )

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Erika M. said

Harney and Sons Guide to Tea

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JasonCT said

All the great classics (well from 1923 and earlier) are in the public domain. I’d certainly be up for reading a classic.
But, I’ll be interested to see the nominations before I chime in.
Thanks for takin the initiative to get this going again!

Take a look at www.thegoldennotebook.com and let me know what you think. I just discovered it from my summer school teaching class and am interested in participating in something similar via google docs….

JasonCT said

Madeline I LOVE this idea – now if we want to do a classic I’ll provide the copies for everyone (since they’re cheap, we will all have the same translation/edition) to work from.

Take a look at Dover’s Thrift Editions in fiction and let me know if any look good to you? http://store.doverpublications.com/by-subject-literature-dover-thrift-editions-fiction.html

Just a thought.

Well we could just all download the copy if we’re going to do it via google docs online?

Erika M. said

If we choose one of the great classics, it would probably be free for Kindle.

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Erika M. said

A Tale of Two Cities

JasonCT said

Great selection!

I was thinking The Picture of Dorian Gray would be a good one too.

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Any more nominations? Come on, Steepsterites!

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Hmm…I’ll have to think about a nomination more. But I definitely want to be a part of this!

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Ninavampi said

How about The Portrait of Dorian Gray? It is a great read and also a classic. Or, we could always do Sherlock Holmes, which I adore and is also public domain! :)

I’d be up for almost anything but I’ve been considering reading The Portrait of Dorian Gray lately.

Ninavampi said

It is one of my favorite books! I would love to read it again! :)

I’ve never read it; I’d be excited to! Any oppositions?

Sounds great!

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Our 2nd choice would be, do we want to read on our own and Just discuss on a thread here, or paste a digital copy to Google docs and copy www.thegoldennotebook.com? They left comments to each other in the actual text, so as you got to a spot, you could see who had already read there and what they thought…..

Erika M. said

I would give the golden notebook website a try. What does everyone else think? So when are we supposed to decide which book we are going to read?

JasonCT said

I like the idea of the notebook but would read from a physical copy and then add the notes to the digital copy.

I’d be happy to still provide copies to anyone interested in reading it.

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AJ said

If you’re considering public domain work,

The Book of Tea
The Scarlet Pimpernel
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (“children’s book”, I know, but I enjoy the whole series—original fourteen, at least)
The Picture of Dorian Grey is a classic
H. G. Wells anyone?

I’d suggest any from the Horatio Hornblower series, but those won’t be public domain for another five years.

Or some of my favourite recent/not public domain works:
Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell (or her more recent book of shorts, as JS&MN may be too long for some)
Good Omens

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So have we decided on The Picture of Dorian Grey?

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