Discussion » All non BJ languages » Reading Group!^_^

  • CareyC
    CareyC wrote:

    Hi everyone, I am hoping to find a few cool people to start a reading group. Maybe read a book every two weeks (because I am still a slow reader of English books), then we can get together and talk about and discuss it.
    Actually I did this with some of my friends, (mostly are one-to-one discussion, never did it with a small group of people though) but unfortunately some of them are already left Beijing. I am a bookworm indeed, and I open to any suggestions, but I do like well written English novels.
    I worked too hard for my job during the past two years, so I hardly read any book, but since last year, I started reading again, I cannot stop myself from doing this. I just simply love it!
    So, I'd love to find someone here who has the same interest, to start a small reading group?
    Please PM me if you are interested in!
    Have a nice day
    Carey^_^

  • Pete DeMola
    Pete DeMola wrote:

    This is a great idea!

    We should mix up the selections with a nice combination of foreign and Chinese classics with new books on China.

    I'm in. Just let me know what I can do to help support/facilitate this.

    Also, I'd advise you to start a Group here and use that as a springboard.

  • Børge Notkevich
    Sounds like fun :) What genre of books?
  • pommie
    pommie wrote:

    I want my 水平 to be good enough to read 金瓶梅.

  • 叮噹叔叔 (令狐叮噹)
    ... Hahahaha ... Pomegranate, as far as Chinese classic porn is concerned, 金瓶梅 just covers the basic :)
  • Asfand-yar Thathal

    @Pete, yeah, it is a good idea! we can switch between English and Chinese! i do need to ready more Chinese novels as well!^_^

     

    @Thorstan, you can go to taobao(http://www.taobao.com/), and dangdang(http://dangdang.com/), they all sell books on line^_^

    @Miss Red Head, not sure yet, i think after a few days, see how many people are interested in this reading group, then we could decide as a group?

    @Pomegranate, it is just a matter of time(if you are considering read the Chinese version of 金瓶梅), i heard one of my friends said that one of  the Latin versions is really good...

    anyway, Thank you for your guys' support! have a nice weekend. and i will keep you guys posted!

    Carey^_^

  • Asfand-yar Thathal

    @叮当叔叔,也许人家Pomegranate是在讨论文学问题呢??ha ha. 或者还是我比较单纯?

  • Asfand-yar Thathal

    @Zhaohong, of course we will read Chinese books!!^_^

     

    have a nice weekend!

  • Dan
    Dan wrote:

    i'm in

  • Børge Notkevich
    Are we going to be reading Chinese or English books?
  • Asfand-yar Thathal

    I'd prefer English books!!! but as Pete suggested maybe some chinese books as well? we shall see how many people reply first?

  • Pete DeMola
    Pete DeMola wrote:
  • Iain Bonner
    Iain Bonner wrote:

    Hey JZ, Nobody Belongs Here More Than You ! (also a good book of short stories by Miranda July)

    This group has PoTenTial

  • Sasha 莎莎 Wang
  • Nadia Scheie
    Nadia Scheie wrote:

    wow~~an english book~~if U dont mind I need to take 2months to finish a thin english book。。。。haha~~~

  • 叮噹叔叔 (令狐叮噹)

    ...

    Hahahaha ... CiaraL ... "Emmanuelle" is also a very thin book, and it is a classic :)

    And speaking of thin books, I have a few re-printed pocket size Carnegie if anyone is interested ... "re-printed" means printed by Chinese Press, not original, and lots of bad (but funny) spelling :)

  • Asfand-yar Thathal
  • Ecce Marce
    Ecce Marce wrote:

    I like this. I did this a lot during my university group and read before the analects with my ex gf. I think it would be intresting to read chinese philosophy in a group of people with different back ground. I found analects were the foundation of so really tough discussions and a deeper insight into eachothers culture. If the book is interesting I would be in.

    Btw. I suggest that you chose the book carefully. My experience is that you cannot prepare more than 20 pages for one meeting. So if you neet once every 14 days and read a book of 400 pages you would need around 2 years. Then at least 60 % of the foreingers would not be in China anymore.

  • 外交猫
    外交猫 wrote:

    I'm in.  Lets read some important/classic/famous Chinese novels -- either modern or old school -- that have high quality English translations available.  Reading fiction is a great way to get to know a people and their culture.  Especially if the book has been banned.  :)

  • Saint - Spartacus

    i'd like to read some fiction book, about some special person, story in history , anyway, the book is the base of an adapdation so i'm in it ...

    oups , 400 page in chinese i need 2 days but in english i need 40 days

    so who'll be the ognezer ?

  • Børge Notkevich
    I told my co-workers about this group, even though they don't use weliveinbeijing.com but they're very interested in this group :) so you have 3 more people!
  • Asfand-yar Thathal

    @ Fayefei yes, sure you can join!

    @ Erika.xue.han & Ecce Marce we could adjust the time for reading a book^_^

    @ Miss Red Head thank you!!! for you and your co-workers!!! and please help me give them a welcome^_^

    maybe we should start our first meeting soon?

  • Børge Notkevich
    That sounds good! But we need to decide on a location and reading material for everyone!
  • Asfand-yar Thathal

    Yes, that's right. actually does anyone has any suggestions? i am thinking about Bookwarm? and about the Material, i think we could discuss as a group?

  • Asfand-yar Thathal

    you mean only for English books?

  • Asfand-yar Thathal

    Hi guys, it seems that we have enough people here who would like to join this group? actually I was going through the book list that i have(the book that i would like to read), and I think maybe some of you guys will be interested in read some of them together?

    Angela's Ashes  I heard that this is a very good book. a friend of mine recommended me to read a year ago...

    The Old Man and the Sea this is a short story, and well known story, i belive some of you guys aready read this one?

    丑陋的中国人 this is for people who want to read something about Chinese, or about China.... actually i think it is worth to read as a Chinese as well...

    .....

    and a lot of classical novels as well!!! ha ha.hard to list all of them here at once....

    Do you guys have any other suggestions?

    I am going to PM this msg to people who is already 'in' this group, and welcome others' joining as well.

    have a nice weekend

  • Børge Notkevich
    I've read Angela's Ashes a few years ago, I remember it was quite good. I know the story to The Old Man and the Sea, but don't think I've ever read the book.
  • Asfand-yar Thathal

    how about these few books?

    Private Peaceful

    Three Cups of tea

    Sophie's World

    A Thousand Splendid Suns

    On the Road

    The Catcher in the Rye

    The Song of kahunsha

    any preference?

  • Børge Notkevich
    I'm familiar with a few of the titles above, though don't remember reading any of them. Perhaps should get everyone involved in the group and pick one book to start on?
  • Asfand-yar Thathal

    Hi bookworms^_^

    I PMed some of you guys this msg, and I want to put it here as well, in case i forgot anyone, and for the new comers as well^_^

    I think maybe it is the time for us to pick a book, and start our Group activity?

    I chose some book, which I heard are worth to read, and listed them here, I know some of you guys might already read those books, so please let us know if you have any good suggestions as well^_^

    I)                   Angela's Ashes 

    II)                The Old Man and the Sea

    III)             丑陋的中国人

    IV)             Private Peaceful 

    V)                Three Cups of tea

    VI)             Sophie's World

    VII)          A Thousand Splendid Suns

    VIII)       On the Road

    IX)             The Catcher in the Rye

    X)                The Song of kahunsha

    Please let me know your preference!

    Thank you

    Have a nice weekend

    Looking forward to hear from you all!


  • Iain Bonner
    Iain Bonner wrote:

     

    i would vote for The Old Man and the Sea, or Catcher in the Rye. both have always been on my lists but never read. But i'm open to the rest. Oh also, i should join this group.

     

  • Daniel
    Daniel wrote:

    I)                   Angela's Ashes 

    II)                The Old Man and the Sea

    III)             丑陋的中国人

    IV)             Private Peaceful 

    V)                Three Cups of tea

    VI)             Sophie's World

    VII)          A Thousand Splendid Suns

    VIII)       On the Road

    IX)             The Catcher in the Rye

    X)                The Song of kahunsha

     

    Thought this might be useful. Couldn't find a summary for the Chinese novel, but I'm sure someone can provide one.

  • Daniel
    Daniel wrote:

    My preference would be On the Road or Sophie's World, but I think The Old Man and the Sea would be the perfect choice for the first meeting as a sort of introductory text before going too far ahead into longer and more obscure novels.

  • Børge Notkevich
    Agrees with The Old Man and the Sea as first novel :)
  • Asfand-yar Thathal

    @ Daniel

    thank you for your help!!!

    here is the Chinese one's link

    III)             丑陋的中国人

    and it seems that The Old Man and the Sea win a lot of vote.

  • Ecce Marce
    Ecce Marce wrote:

    Its short and that all what is good about. Even those 100 pages are hard to read. Why? Because its ultimately boring and poorly written. Hemmingway was an interesting person, but definitely not a good writer. For whom the the bell dolls is even worse... Only Moby Dick is more boring.

  • Daniel
    Daniel wrote:

    I let the '400 pages per two years' comment slide but, Ecce Marce, are you in it for the lulz?

  • Asfand-yar Thathal

    It seems that most of the people chose The Old Man and the Sea. so maybe we shall start with this one?

  • Børge Notkevich
    Which publication are we reading?
  • Pete DeMola
    Pete DeMola wrote:

    Should we bring a soapbox to the first meeting for Ecce?

    I'm down with the Old Man and the Sea.

    But let's use the Group for all communication from this point on.

  • Daniel
    Daniel wrote:

    If anyone wants the e-book I have a copy on my computer that I can email if you send me your email address via private message.

    I guess the next step is to find a place and suggest dates and times.

     

  • Joakim Berg Solum

    What kind of book club doesn't have Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy on it's list??

  • Asfand-yar Thathal

    Hi Bookworms,

    As we discussed, we are going to read The old man and the Sea as our first reading group activity. I am reading through the English version, it is only 40 pages, so I think one week’s time will be enough for you guys to finish reading it? (I have the English and the Chinese versions in PDF, so if anyone want the Chinese version please feel free to send me a messenge, as Daniel will handle the English version requirement^_^

    I am thinking to meet at the bookworm at sanlitun? Or some other places? If you guys have any other recommendations, please feel free to let everyone know.

    And about the time, do you guys want to meet during week days? Or weekend? I am thinking to have our first meeting someday next week?

    And maybe we could ‘bring’ our idea about the next book we are going to read with us to the meeting as well?

    Have a nice day

    Carey

  • Børge Notkevich
    Carey: Perhaps we should make a habit of using the Books group?
  • Asfand-yar Thathal

    Hi Angela, yes, agree!I just saw some of the people here still haven't joined the Books group yet, so that's why i am sending the msg here again. hopefully everyone here will join the group later on!^_^

    Carey

  • Daniel
    Daniel wrote:

    I guess a lot of people would prefer a weekend over a week-day so it doesn't clash with work-times. Maybe we can arrange the first one for a Saturday/Sunday so most people have the opportunity to attend and then talk about times then and see if we can find a better time to suite the people that show up.

    I'll just re-post Pete's message so people can start migrating over to the group:

     

    Here we are. Join this.

  • Asfand-yar Thathal

    I saw that there are still some one haven't join the books group yet. so I just post the messege here.

    Hi everyone, how is your reading (the old man and the sea) going? and maybe it is time for us to meet up? I am thinking to meet up during the Mooncake festival, we can chose one day from those three days?( 22-24 Sep) then get together in a cafe or a park?
    I was been looking for places to meet, and some of the members here gave some recommendations as well. so the suggestions are:
    A 钱粮美树馆 (qian2 liang2 mei3 shu4 guan3)
    http://site.douban.com/widget/photos/131992/photo/622419847/#next_photo
    you can go to that link and have a look. (it seems like a very nice an quite place, and the owner decorated that place with plants and stuff that they bought from the dirt market)
    B 南锣鼓巷(nan2 luo2 gu3 xiang4)
    I think you guys all know this place right?
    C 奇遇花园咖啡馆(qi2 ji4 hua1 yuan2 ka2 fei2 guan3)
    http://storygarden.me/cafe/map
    you can check there via the link above as well, it looks like a nice place as well
    D 日坛公园(Ri4 tan2 Park)

    Please let me know if you are interested the first group meeting here, and let me know your chose of the date and place, then I can arrange it.

    Look forward to seeing you guys!

    have a nice day in this raining day!

    Carey^_^

  • Asfand-yar Thathal
    Hi everyone, how about we meet on the 24th Sep afternoon, at A 钱粮美树馆 (qian2 liang2 mei3 shu4 guan3) http://site.douban.com/widget/photos/131992/photo/622419847/#next_photo you can go to that link and have a look. (it seems like a very nice an quite place, and the owner decorated that place with plants and stuff that they bought from the dirt market) and we read the old man and the sea first, then we get together and discuss? as it is our first meeting, so if you haven't read that book yet, and still want to meet everyone, you are more than welcome! look forward to seeing you guys!
  • Asfand-yar Thathal

    Hi everyone,

    the group meeting on the 24th Sep wasn't that great as only three of us showed up, it seems to be a bad time. anyway, how about a new meet up in Oct?

    here are the books that I am thinking for the group to read.

    I three cups of tea

    II A Thousand Splendid Suns

    II Angela‘s Ashes

    and about the meeting date actually I am thinking about the 16th or 17th of Oct or 27th or 28th of Nov.

    please let me know your chose about the book and the date if you are interested in attending.

    Thank you

    have a nice national holiday

    Carey^_^

  • 叮噹叔叔 (令狐叮噹)
    ...

    Hahahaha ... Carey, since I dont have the intelligence (and equally important, patience+interest) to read such fine classics, I'd better not show up (refer to above for my choice of "great literature", heehee) ... however, based on what the little birdie told me, Friday night (maybe also Saturday night) is perhaps not a good choice, as it is often the "party" night ...

    My suggestion, if it is of any value, is to meet during the day, meaning either Sat or Sun, but not too early in the morning ...

    Going back to re-read "Frank and I" now ...
  • Daniel
    Daniel wrote:

    Hey Carey,

    Sorry I wasn't there on the 24th: I had/have some complicated break-up issues to sort through.

    How was the cafe as a venue for this kind of thing?

    I'll try harder to be involved in future events: can I suggest we stick to novellas(short novels) at the beginning though, and then switch to longer novels once the group has a solid member base? Something like 'Of Mice and Men' or 'Heart of Darkness'?

  • 叮噹叔叔 (令狐叮噹)

    ...

    Hahahaha ... this (and the group) look dead ... so let's bring this back to life, all the comments are kind of "interesting" ...

  • Maverick
    Maverick wrote:
    i'm in
  • Daniel
    Daniel wrote:

    I think this group has fallen by the way side, and as the creator is currently travelling(I guess!), I don't imagine it will start up anytime soon.

    I do want to get involved though, I'm just not sure how viable this group is at the moment.

  • 叮噹叔叔 (令狐叮噹)

    ...

    Hahahahaha ... the links above keep routing back to this thread ... here you go :)

     

  • Asfand-yar Thathal
    @ Aj yes you are welcome to join in! and 叮噹叔叔 (妇协杂工) already posted the link over here! @ Andy Lou you are welcome to join us as well! we are going to read a book which is called "A Thousand Splendid Suns" and we might meet up on Jan 2011 if every body agrees with the book. @ Daniel yes I was been travelling, and just came back to Beijing last week. so let's continue the book club's meeting!!!^_^

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