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Forum Book Club - REVISED (MORE TIME) Schedule for the first four books...

Which books (up to 3) would you like to be featured in a Forum Book Club discussion thread?

  • 1. Codd, Kevin A. - To the Field of Stars: A Pilgrim's Journey to Santiago de Compostela

    Votes: 20 41.7%
  • 2. Downie, David - Paris to the Pyrenees

    Votes: 7 14.6%
  • 3. Gabarain, Antxon Gonzalex - The Great Westward Walk

    Votes: 13 27.1%
  • 4. Hitt, Jack - Off The Road: A Modern-Day Walk Down The Pilgrims Route Into Spain

    Votes: 8 16.7%
  • 5. Kevin, Tony - Walking the Camino (from Granada)

    Votes: 10 20.8%
  • 6. Piper, Ailsa - Sinning Across Spain: Walking the Camino

    Votes: 11 22.9%
  • 7. Rupp, Joyce - Walk in a Relaxed Manner

    Votes: 14 29.2%
  • 8. Simsion, Graeme, and Anne Buist - Two Steps Forward: A Novel

    Votes: 7 14.6%
  • 9. Sumption, Jonathan - Pilgrimage [aka The Age of Pilgrimage]

    Votes: 9 18.8%
  • 10. Ward, Robert - All the Good Pilgrims: Tales of the Camino de Santiago

    Votes: 4 8.3%

  • Total voters
    48
  • Poll closed .

C clearly

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REVISED AGAIN 2021-02-19
Due to popular demand, I am giving some more time for everyone to acquire and read their books. See the schedule below, with 2 weeks between books.

We voted for the books to be featured in a Forum Book Club thread. The 10 options are listed in alphabetical order by author surname, and were selected from nominations in this thread. Any suggestions for additional books should go to that thread, not here on the poll thread.

The poll is now closed, so here is the schedule for starting threads on the most popular of these books. We'll allow some time to get and read the books. Once started, the threads will stay active so you can add to them any time:
  1. Started Feb 5 on this thread - The Pilgrimage Road to Santiago: The Complete Cultural Handbook, by David M. Gitlitz and Linda Kay Davidson
  2. Started Feb 17 - To the Field of Stars: A Pilgrim's Journey to Santiago de Compostela, by Kevin A. Codd
  3. Starts March 3 - Walk in a Relaxed Manner, by Joyce Rupp
  4. Starts March 17 - The Great Westward Walk, by Antxon Gonzalex Gabarain
After these 4 books, let's reconsider how to proceed.

Below, I am copying the same list as shown on the voting thread, for your convenience - the links and the availability information might be helpful.

Let the polls open! :D


AUTHORTITLEPAPERE-BKAUDIO
1Codd, Kevin A.To the Field of Stars: A Pilgrim's Journey to Santiago de Compostela YesYes
2Downie, DavidParis to the PyreneesYesYesYes
3Gabarain, Antxon GonzalexThe Great Westward WalkYesYes
4Hitt, JackOff The Road: A Modern-Day Walk Down The Pilgrims Route Into SpainYesYes
5Kevin, TonyWalking the Camino (from Granada)YesYesYes
6Piper, AilsaSinning Across Spain: Walking the Camino YesYesYes
7Rupp, JoyceWalk in a Relaxed MannerYesYes
8Simsion, Graeme, and Anne BuistTwo Steps Forward: A Novel YesYesYes
9Sumption, JonathanPilgrimage YesYes
10Ward, RobertAll the Good Pilgrims: Tales of the Camino de Santiago YesYes
 
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I have read Jonathan Sumption's book several years ago. I have thought about rereading it and if you choose this book I may jump in. It might be interesting to have some discussions and delve deeper. I'm not into reading other's take on "their" pilgrimage. I like to learn about the history and culture of the places I travel.
 
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I have read Jonathan Sumption's book several years ago. I have thought about rereading it and if you choose this book I may jump in. It might be interesting to have some discussions and delve deeper. I'm not into reading other's take on "their" pilgrimage. I like to learn about the history and culture of the places I travel.

I'm currently about 2/3rds through it. As befits a Medieval scholar (his original calling) and latterly a Supreme Court judge, it is a very detailed, researched and pragmatic book. No mysticism involved.

I was also lucky to see him operate a Supreme Court judge when he was sitting with others on a case I was involved with. He tells it as it is - which has got him into a bit of bother recently.

It would be an ideal balance to Paul Cohelo's work.
 

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I'm currently about 2/3rds through it. As befits a Medieval scholar (his original calling) and latterly a Supreme Court judge, it is a very detailed, researched and pragmatic book. No mysticism involved.

I was also lucky to see him operate a Supreme Court judge when he was sitting with others on a case I was involved with. He tells it as it is - which has got him into a bit of bother recently.

It would be an ideal balance to Paul Cohelo's work.

Much as I admire JS - his Reith Lectures are well worth a listen, available on BBC ‘sounds’ - I’d say that it is when he tells it how he thinks it is that he causes controversy. The fact that I may generally agree with him is by the by.

I too hope that we get to read his book as a group in due course.
 
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C clearly

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The voting is proceeding and I've reserved 3 of the contenders from my library.

I have no idea what to do now. I have never belonged to a book club at all, let alone a book club on an internet forum, during a pandemic. So, I am playing this by ear. Of course we could just dump a bunch of book threads randomly onto the forum and all discuss as we wish. But I am trying (I'm not sure why) to organize a sort of structured entertainment for those of us who need a daily dose of the forum.

I have started a thread on the first book here, and next week will announce a new one from the voting. We will probably have some overlapping book threads but I'll try to space them out with some time for us to acquire and read the book before the discussion thread fades away.

Comments? Or, would you prefer just to have a free-for-all?
 

sfdithomas

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The voting is proceeding and I've reserved 3 of the contenders from my library.

I have no idea what to do now. I have never belonged to a book club at all, let alone a book club on an internet forum, during a pandemic. So, I am playing this by ear. Of course we could just dump a bunch of book threads randomly onto the forum and all discuss as we wish. But I am trying (I'm not sure why) to organize a sort of structured entertainment for those of us who need a daily dose of the forum.

I have started a thread on the first book here, and next week will announce a new one from the voting. We will probably have some overlapping book threads but I'll try to space them out with some time for us to acquire and read the book before the discussion thread fades away.

Comments? Or, would you prefer just to have a free-for-all?
I think the general idea is that we have some time to get our copies and read with an end date in mind. Then we can commence discussion. Excited!
 

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C clearly

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I have updated the first post on this thread to show the first 4 books, and the date that a thread will start for each. Here is the schedule:
  1. New thread was started Feb 5 on this thread - The Pilgrimage Road to Santiago: The Complete Cultural Handbook, by David M. Gitlitz and Linda Kay Davidson
  2. I'll create a thread on Feb 17 - To the Field of Stars: A Pilgrim's Journey to Santiago de Compostela, by Kevin A. Codd
  3. New thread will start Mar 3 Feb 24 - Walk in a Relaxed Manner, by Joyce Rupp
  4. New thread will start March 17 3 - The Great Westward Walk, by Antxon Gonzalex Gabarain
Now everyone can plan their reading for a month!

[Edited to clarify that these will be forum threads, and not zoom calls.]
 
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Wednesdays are not good as the CSJ has a Zoom every Wed
This is not a Zoom schedule. These dates are when I plan to start a new forum thread to discuss (in writing) the book.

[There is no reason threads couldn't be started anytime by anybody, but I volunteered to set up a series of threads so that those who want to, can read the same book at the same time and then write comments on it. I don't have plans to organize a zoom series.]
 
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I received my book today.
I am just in the middle of David Gitlitz guide ( that means for me a total review of the first leg of my Camino 2018 between Pamplona and Burgos ) I know now that I will
Buy the kindle version to have it handy anytime now ) and I will go on reading ithe rest step by step . I enjoy also following the links , going deeper in some details i
Like to stop about .. his interview on Sound cloud episode 23 about his first Camino in 1974 is great
Let s skip
To Kevin Todd then
 

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I would like to leave a longer tome between books so as to have a chance to get them and read them
Let's see how it goes with the first couple. Of course we can keep multiple threads going indefinitely. The Gitlitz and Davidson book is not one I'd expect to read from cover to cover.
 
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