As some of you have remarked, face-to-face has the benefit of spontaneity--ideas can grow and morph via conversation from minute to minute. It can be fun. However, as some of you have also remarked, it can be intimidating to come up with thoughtful things to write and say spur of the moment. Further, it can be difficult to have a really fruitful discussion when some folks in a group are done with the book and others have not even started it.
An online book club is an alternative to a face-to-face meeting. It too has it's pros and cons, which I leave you to think about.
DETAILS: Because Monday, 11 November 2019 is a holiday, both the day and evening sections of ENGL 301 will make up that time with this online book club. Please post to this site by Wednesday, 13 November 2019 no later than 7:25 PM (the end time for the evening section of ENGL 301).
WHAT TO POST FIRST: Please post between 200 and 250 words about the following two things: 1) who is the main character in your novel (main being a character central to the plot of the novel) you hate the most and why? and 2) who among the peripheral characters helps you understand the theme of the novel the best and, of course, why?
HOW TO RESPOND TO THE INITAL POST: Read through the posts other folks have posted about your novel. Pick one person who has read your novel but is NOT in your face-to-face book club--it can be someone who is not in your section of ENGL 301--and respond to their post.
HOW TO POST
TO POST: when you are ready to post your 200-250 words, simply click on the "comments" button in the top right or bottom left of this screen. A dialogue box will pop up.
Enter the identification information (your name, email) and then enter your 300 words in comment section. Click "submit" and you are done.
TO REPLY: Simply click the "reply" button at the bottom of any post or scroll all the way down to the last post to the "Leave a Reply" section. Fill out the dialogue boxes like you did for posting and click "submit."