I brought up the idea of an on line book group recently, and had a couple of interested comments. Ideas on format varied from all reading the same book and discussing it, to just reading your own stuff and blogging about it, and whether to set up a blog devoted to the group which everyone could post on.
I like the idea of reading the same book, but not to the exclusion of those who wish to come and go as they please. I have set up an experimental blog here and suggest the following format.
The post title will be the current book with a little info about the story, author, genre, why you think it is worth a read etc.
The comments section will be the area of discussion, and I suggest that the chapter should be listed at the top of the comment so as other readers who are not so far advanced may choose to ignore the comment until they are up to date.
Other than that it will be a learning experience until the format finds it's groove.
It seems that this would give me all power in the choosing and posting departments, but I am able to invite guest authors to this blog and therefore anyone who wants to be a member can get a password and have complete control when their turn comes to suggest and write about a book.
And now a little about my reading habits.
I love fantasy, and I love History. But, I love reading full stop. I will generally give any genre a go. Based on recommendation by Em, I have ordered "Motherless Brooklyn" which is on it's way from the States as we speak.
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance is probably the most important book I have ever read. Lord of the Rings was a stalwart of my youth. I enjoy Harry Potter, (like most people) and think that Bernard Cornwall is one of my favourite authors for easy reading pulp semi fiction.
I find that I will read the washing instructions on my shirt rather than stare into space.
I hope this works. I would like it to, and I will leave this post up for a few days to gauge reaction. If you are interested, drop me a comment. I'll invite you to be an author and when there are 3 or 4 of us we can get the ball rolling.