For those eagerly anticipating our first ever, and long-awaited group read, let me lay out just how I am going to go about conducting it. You'll have to bear with me; I, being a novice unlike other seasoned book group leaders like Laurel Anne at AustenProse, might stumble through some of this new terrain.
We will have two salons or discussion sessions each week where we will meet here on the blog to discuss the designated chapters (or letters in The Sylph's case). I will set up a post with an overview of what happened and then some thoughts about what we read. I will pose some opinion questions, but you may have something to else say instead of answering them.
Just as in 18th century salons where hot topics were discussed and gossiped about, I hope everyone won't be too shy to contribute a comment or two, even if it's as simple as "I thought this was interesting" or "That, Lady Ann, what a fox!" A good discussion is our goal, because it's always fun to gush over books together!
For those who have read ahead, remember not to ruin the story for others. Please only discuss what has happened up until that point in the plot. So for example, if we are on Letter 10, please don't go on about how the actions in that chapter effect something in Letter 23. We can wait until Letter 23 to chat about that together!
Most importantly, have fun! You're not getting a grade for this group discussion so get cozy; if you think a character is being a dick, well then say it! If you notice a correlation between the book and Evalina, well then say that too! The more varied minds there are the more fun gossiping we will have.
I set up the group read so that we will spend the month of May reading The Sylph. It will be about 10 pages a day, and two salons a week (Mondays and Thursdays). The salon schedule is as follows:
- May 3, Letters 1-8
- May 6, Letter 9
- May 10, Letters 10-14
- May 14, Letters 15-23
- May 17, Letters 24-30
- May 20, Letters 31-35
- May 24, Letters 36-45
- May 27, Letters 46-53
- May 31, Letters 54-61
I hope everyone is excited as I am! The Sylph is packed with scandalous stories incorporated from Georgiana's own life and marriage in the ton. I think you will all be as shocked and intrigued with the story as I was!
Those who will be attending:
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