Vote for your favorite picks for June
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We've chosen a slate of four books for our June group read.
If possible, only vote on a book if there's a chance you'll actually participate if that book is picked.
As in February and March picks, all the choices are widely available—in libraries, used bookstores, and in paperback. All are reasonably popular and well-regarded.
I've already read The Penelopiad (and am a HUGE Margaret Atwood fan). . . Penel is fine/interesting for what it attempts to do . . . though I did feel like I should have read the original, which I haven't, though I know the basic story. . . . Seems to me we just spent a month on myths (with American Gods), so I'm ready for something else.
I don't know anything about the other three choices (though I've just read the descriptions at their work pages) . . . So I'm eager to hear that other readers know about them.
I'm adding this info to the list. Sorry for the confusion!
(I'm not clear about how ranking turns into rating numbers and which determines the winner . . . Sorry to have so many questions . . . I'm a social scientist so I probably have too much knowledge about different ways to measure things that interferes with seeing what other people view as "obvious" :)
Update: I went ahead and "voted", though I'm still unclear about what the "scores" mean . . . and now that I've read this thread: http://www.librarything.com/topic/163683 I'm even more confused . . . How do "votes" end up leading to scores which are not integers!!???!! rankings are integers, votes are single items . . . what kind of "formula" is being used here?????
On another note . . . can I change my order later? and will that change the scores?
But it's weighted according to some unknown/non-public formula?? If I only put one book on my list, does it get more points than if I include all four? . . .
I thought Ranked Choice Voting (which has been adopted in Minneapolis) was confusing, but this has that beat! Oh well, at least this isn't how we pick our Presidents . . . for that we count votes and then add $$$ to the mix :)
I think it's still important to have the vote for the sake of appearances, but I'm not sure it actually accomplishes anything ;)
Yeah. I dislike that about this.
I'd like to correct the whole thing by popularity and by who actually participated. But that would cause a storm!:)
3.I am "intrigued" by my one and two choices plotwise with The Flame Throwers just being a totally different book than what has gone before in this group. The Age of Miracles ends up number two because I find it less intriguing. 4. All the books are available at my library and two as ebooks. So that did not affect my rating this time around. Good job on that!
All in all, I await May 1st with baited breath.
Looking at the explanations, it appears that people are voting even if they probably won't read the book (or read it again in the case of books already read) . . . perhaps they will participate in discussions without (re)reading? Even so, there seems to be wide variation in the "don't vote unless you would actually participate in the read" rule . . . which is obviously not enforceable in any way . . . so why even have it?
>14 jeshakespeare: #1 Agreed about myths. Re STB: Given the Katrina setting, I'm guessing the pitbull and her puppies become a metaphor for the entire situation . . . but I haven't read the book (yet) . . . To me the larger horror of Katrina was Human Cruelty, though agree that many animals also suffered . . . If that book is chosen, my reading or not will in great part depend on whether I feel I can deal with more devastation and cruelty flooding my brain in the month of June.
I am not willing to read Atwood in German, and will only participate if I see a cheap used copy.
The other two my library has in English, but LT is quite sure I will not like, and from what I see, I think I agree with that.