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This is a casual bookclub where people can have conversations about books they've read, whether fiction or non-fiction that are of interest to Shybi readers.

  1. What's new in this club
  2. celeste teal

    The Art of Reading

    Leitura (Reading) - Jose Ferraz de Almeida Júnior (1892)
  3. I have many, but I think these are probably the ones I'm looking forward to the most: Rubyfruit Jungle by Rita Mae Brown https://www.amazon.com/Rubyfruit-Jungle-Rita-Mae-Brown/dp/1101965126/ When Women Were Warriors: Book III A Hero's Tale by Catherine M Wilson https://www.amazon.com/When-Women-Were-Warriors-Book-ebook/dp/B001MBUDNU The Feminist Utopia Project: Fifty-Seven Visions of a Wildly by Alexandra Brodsky https://www.amazon.com/Feminist-Utopia-Project-Fifty-Seven-Visions/dp/1558619003 A Woman's Worth by Marianne Williamson https://www.amazon.com/Womans-Worth-Marianne-Williamson/dp/0345386574 The Art Instinct: Beauty, Pleasure and Human Evolution by Denis Dutton https://www.amazon.com/Art-Instinct-Beauty-Pleasure-Evolution/dp/1608190552 All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr https://www.amazon.com/All-Light-We-Cannot-See/dp/1501173219 Gertrude Bell: Queen of the Desert, Shaper of Nations by Georgina Howell https://www.amazon.com/Gertrude-Bell-Desert-Shaper-Nations/dp/0374531358 Women and Economics by Charlotte Perkins Gilman https://www.amazon.com/Economics-Charlotte-Perkins-Unabridged-Original/dp/1548729205/
  4. celeste teal

    The Art of Reading

    Reading with a green umbrella - Berthe Morisot (1873) Morisot was one of the founding members of the Impressionists yet did not receive the acclaim that her male colleagues did, which included Pissarro, Monet, Manet, Degas, Sisley, Renoir and Cezanne.
  5. celeste teal

    The Art of Reading

    Women Who Read Are Dangerous I thought it would be nice to have a topic for posting paintings/photographs of women reading
  6. celeste teal

    What was the last book you read?

    The last book I read was The Creative Explosion: An Inquiry into the Origins of Art and Religion by John E. Pfeiffer I found it in a marvelous used book store 3 weeks ago and felt compelled to power through it as quickly as possible as it ties together several subjects that I'm fascinated by - art, art history, anthropology, and evolution. The cave art the author describes are not just paintings on walls but includes many engravings, portable art pieces, and even sculptures that our ancestors created many thousands of years before recorded history. The art transformed dozens of cave systems in Southern France and Spain into spectacular natural cathedrals which humanity used to invent and disseminate a shared culture that brought disparate bands and tribes together into a larger and more resilient community. The Creative Explosion: An Inquiry into the Origins of Art and Religion
  7. What was the last book you read? Tell us about it! Would you recommend it? Would it be a good one for us to read and discuss together?
  8. celeste teal

    Shybi Book Club

    I've only read 1 of these completely (all 7 Harry Potter books) and parts of two others. I found this at goodreads, in their bookclub section, which looks like a great source for ideas for how to run online book clubs One idea that I like is to have two topics for each book - a "pre-read" one to discuss the book in general terms and a "spoiler" one where the actual discussions take place for people who have finished reading the book. At goodreads they can hide a section of a post inside a spoiler link - I don't think we can do that here (?) but we could work around that by clearly warning others to stay away from the entire topic if they haven't finished the book. https://www.goodreads.com/group/show_tag/bookclub I'm going to continue checking their clubs out and others online for ideas.
  9. celeste teal

    Shybi Book Club

    You're welcome @CallistoDidNotWin I'm the same - I like getting ideas, from others, that are outside of my usual areas of interest. Like this one! I'm going to add it to my list of books-to-read. Same, but I may have more than a half-dozen unfinished
  10. CallistoDidNotWin

    Shybi Book Club

    I'm in @celeste teal though don't know how much I will be able to contribute since I am kind of all over the place with books I read -- plus I have an unfortunate habit of always being in the process of reading half-a-dozen books or so simultaneously. Plus, I don't much read very recently published books, as I still have a loooong list of other books I wish to read, and literature I wish to catch up on. But it just seemed, since books are my life, that it would just make obvious sense for me to join a "book club". "Herland" is definitely on my list of "would like to read" but have not got to it yet. One of the half-dozen books I am currently reading is "A Vindication of the Rights of Woman" by Mary Wollstonecraft. Er, not exactly a "light" read as I am struggling a bit with the writing style, but I was told it was one of the first major works of "feminism", so taking a look. I am always open to recommendations for good reads by others. So I look forward to what anyone else might suggest or recommend. Thanks for starting the club @celeste teal
  11. celeste teal

    Shybi Book Club

    Welcome to the Shybi Book Club. Back in September 2017 there was an informal book club started as a topic in the General Free For All forum where we discussed the novel Herland written by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. Below is a link to it: http://www.shybi.com/forums/index.php?/topic/117878-shybi-book-club-herland/&tab=comments#comment-1753164 Since we have the capability of creating Clubs, with the new site software, that are separate from the general forums I thought it would be advantageous to create a book related Club here to organize any discussion/conversations people might want to have about books they've read, or want to read. It may be difficult to have an online book club that functions like traditional book clubs where a group reads the same book concurrently and then attends a meeting where everyone can participate in the discussion about it. An alternative approach that may work for an online community like ours is to create open-ended conversations about books that people are passionate about which others can add to if or when they read the book in question. My hope is that this can be an interesting and rewarding place for our community, and I'm open to any suggestions about how to proceed.
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