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29th-Oct-2008 11:54 pm - Book of the Month!
Pirate at Heart
Hi, sorry this is late.

The voting for this month's book has closed and you have chosen to read A Kestrel For A Knave by Barry Hines. I hope you all enjoy the book and I'm looking forward to discussing it with you all. Thanks for nominating and voting. The book discussion will take place in four weeks from now. Enjoy!  XD 
18th-Oct-2008 10:41 pm - Voting
Pirate at Heart

We only have two options this month to vote for. Please vote for the book you'd most like to read. Voting will close in 48 hours.

Poll #1281108 Vote For The Book You'd Most Like To Read!

What book would you like to read?

Relentless by Simon Kernick
2(40.0%)
A Kestrel For A Knave by Barry Hines
3(60.0%)
11th-Oct-2008 10:27 pm - Suggestions
Pirate at Heart
It's time to choose a new book. I'm sure you guys know how it's done now. Please leave your book suggestions in the comments below.

Thanks! 
2nd-Oct-2008 06:27 pm - Of Mice and Men - Discussion
Pirate at Heart

So what did everyone think of the book? "Of Mice and Men" by John Steinbeck. 

Marks out of ten? Thoughts and opinions? Reviews? 

Let's discuss! 


Snagged from Book Club Discussion Questions and Topics

  • What was unique about the setting of the book and how did it enhance or take away from the story?
  • What specific themes did the author emphasize throughout the novel? What do you think he or she is trying to get across to the reader?
  • Do the characters seem real and believable? Can you relate to their predicaments? To what extent do they remind you of yourself or someone you know?
  • How do characters change or evolve throughout the course of the story? What events trigger such changes?
  • In what ways do the events in the books reveal evidence of the author's world view?
  • Did certain parts of the book make you uncomfortable? If so, why did you feel that way? Did this lead to a new understanding or awareness of some aspect of your life you might not have thought about before?


This discussion will stay open so that people who want to join in later can do so. All responses welcome! No matter when you've finnished the book.

3rd-Sep-2008 01:20 am - Book of the Month!
Pirate at Heart

Voting has now closed for this month and the book with the most votes is Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck.

We had five weeks to read the book last time and the general opinion seems to be that five weeks was too long, so I think it's best if we lower it to four weeks this time. Starting from tomorrow. Happy reading! XD 

Also, on a different note, in the next round of suggestions non-fiction books and graphic novels are allowed to be nominated and put to the vote if you wish to do so. And as always, any comments/suggestions you wish to make are always helpful.

31st-Aug-2008 06:51 pm - Voting
Pirate at Heart
Vote for the book that you'd most like to read from our list of suggestions. Voting will close in 48 hours.

Poll #1251286 Vote for a book

What Book Would You Like To Read?

The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
3(18.8%)
The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon by Stephen King
0(0.0%)
Psychoville by Christopher Fowler
1(6.2%)
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
5(31.2%)
Flowers in the Attick by Virginia Andrews
3(18.8%)
The Handmaiden's Tale by Margaret Atwood
2(12.5%)
An Arsonist's Guide to Writers' Homes in New England by Brock Clarke
2(12.5%)
30th-Aug-2008 10:03 pm - Voting
Pirate at Heart
Vote for the book that you'd most like to read from our list of suggestions. Voting will close in 48 hours.

Okay, I've tried to do this like five times and its just not working. Would you guys be okay with posting the title of the book and author that you want to vote for in this comment thread? You can post it anonymously if you like. I can't get the poll to work. :( 

EDIT: I fixed the poll! You'll find it over HERE. Go vote. XD 
27th-Aug-2008 06:58 pm - Questions
Pirate at Heart
I have a couple of questions regarding this community. 

Would you guys like to include non-fiction books in the suggestions? 

Would you like to change the reading time from five weeks (one week to find the book) to four weeks (finding the book included in that time)? 

Also, is the voting thing suiting everyone, or would you rather we all take a turn to pick a book each month and everyone read that book? 

Any suggestions/thoughts/comments are really helpful. XD Thanks. 

Also, don't forget this is YOUR book community, you can talk and post about anything book related on this comm. If you like. 

Thanks! XD  
27th-Aug-2008 06:56 pm - Suggestions
Pirate at Heart
Time to select our new book to read. Please leave your suggestions in the comments so I can set up a poll. Book title, name of author and a brief synopsis of the story would be best to give people a better idea for voting.
22nd-Aug-2008 04:18 pm - Blind Faith - Discussion
Pirate at Heart

So what did everyone think of the book? "Blind Faith" by Ben Elton. 

Marks out of ten? Thoughts and opinions. 

Basically, I was just going to ask you all to post any of your thoughts/reviews/opinions so that we can begin a lively discussion, but I fund these example questions on a website, so I've copied and pasted and if they help anyone to think of what to write about, then awesome!

But feel free to post anything that pops into your head relevant to the discussion and don't be afraid to be honest. I'm sure we're all mature enough to respect other people's opinions. 

So, how did you guys and gals like the book?

These questions have been snagged from Book Club Discussion Questions and Topics

  • What was unique about the setting of the book and how did it enhance or take away from the story?
  • What specific themes did the author emphasize throughout the novel? What do you think he or she is trying to get across to the reader?
  • Do the characters seem real and believable? Can you relate to their predicaments? To what extent do they remind you of yourself or someone you know?
  • How do characters change or evolve throughout the course of the story? What events trigger such changes?
  • In what ways do the events in the books reveal evidence of the author's world view?
  • Did certain parts of the book make you uncomfortable? If so, why did you feel that way? Did this lead to a new understanding or awareness of some aspect of your life you might not have thought about before?


This discussion will stay open so that people who want to join in later can do so. All responses welcome! No matter when you've finnished the book.

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