As many of you know by now, the next book the Nonbelieving Literati will read is Lamb by Christopher Moore.
Since the concept of a target date for posting doesn’t seem to have worked, I’m proposing that we name an “earliest post” date, rather than a “target.” That way, those who want to read the book at their leisure won’t feel that they’re in a race to be done on a specific day, nor will they have cause to whine about having “homework.” As I suggested in my original proposal, if you finish the book before our date, go ahead and write your essay—but to be fair to everyone who might want to enjoy the book without having to filter it through someone else’s ideas, please don’t post your essay until the alarm goes off.
I think the new format, without a target date, may open the discussion up to those who would rather commit themselves to making a few comments than writing a complete post. And it would allow folks who don't blog to become involved.
For Lamb, I think a month and a half ought to be plenty of time for those of us who will read it for pleasure rather than as a chore. So I’m proposing November 1 as our earliest post date. Is everyone OK with that?