Hello all, I’ve been playing around with a new concept for an advanced book club. I just wanted to think of something more engaging and fun while reading at a quicker pace. So the foundation of this concept is to add some gamification, increase participation and read 1 book per month.
In order to do that I was thinking of putting page limit at 500 pages, meaning we’d have to read no more than 17 pages a day for each book that’s 500 pages or less. It doesn’t have to more than 350 though to consider it advanced, it can be any number of pages under 500. The advance part is reading a quicker pace.
Firstly, every member chooses what book they want to read. Giving a little background info would be nice too to let everyone know what they will be reading and to prepare for it. Say there are 5 members, then that reading season will last for 5 months as everyone will get a turn to have their book read.
The order to which books will be read will be determined by the amounts of points each person earns. There will be book points and season points. Book points will be earned per month and reset with each new book. Season points will tally all total points from each book for that Season and reset every season. The first book will be chosen either by a random generator or by a vote but once we start off we’ll never use this method again.
Once the first book is chosen we will divide the book in a way that allows us to finish it in 4 weeks. So there will be 4 discussion threads per book. The way we earn points are for example(point values are not final and are up for debating):
The one who finished the week reading first gets: 15+(what counts as a finish you have to read everything and write a review/critique of what you read to ‘check in’ that you finished it. )
Taking a Turns reading in the discord(if we still decide to do it since there could be quite the amount of reading to do will the pages being a higher amount): 5+
Answering questions about grammar/vocab
/comprehension, ect: 5+ per answer
Writing the best review/critique of that weeks reading(we vote on who had the most interesting/most insightful critique/review): 30+
All these points will be get updated every week on a leader board and whoever received the most points at the end of a book gets their book chosen next. Book points will be reset each new book and all the points added for that book and every book in that season will be tallied to the season points. You can not win for a second time and have a new book chosen for you again for the current season. At the end of the season, the one will the most season points will get their book chosen first for the new season, and then season points will reset and we’ll start all over again.
This hopefully ensures no one falls behind in getting their book chosen and each month they have a new and equal chance to get their book chosen next. And it also prevents an overachiever from constantly having their book chosen giving no one else a chance. Season points are to motivate those who’ve already ‘won’ to keep reading and still feel apart of the game.
I hope that we don’t prioritize one skill such as just speed, or just being helpful, or just being the most articulate. I hope that it’s fair and that everyone has an equal chance to benefit from their strengths and work on their weakness to ‘win’ their book being chosen. I also just want this to be a fun and friendly competition in order to add fun, motivation, and participation. It’s not to be taken extremely seriously.
Who’s ever book is being read will be the moderator of the weekly discussion threads. They have to post a new thread every week, tally points for that month and add polls to see who wins the 30+ for the critique post and polls for who’s keeping up ect.
If you don’t want to read someone’s book just let that moderator know, it’s not so serious. But I hope that the season points motivate you to try a new genre and step outside your comfort zone.
The start of a new season is the perfect time for a newcomer to enter. They can enter at any time, However, they can not add a book in the middle of a season, only at the beginning will this be allowed. This is to prevent an endless season in the case that someone new enters every month. But if Say a couple of people sit out for a book once in a while maybe the newcomer has a chance to win the season points for the first pick of the next season.
I’m not sure if the point values are fair and we can discuss it. If you’re interested please let me know. If there’s enough interested I was thinking of launching this club after the current intermediate books, or sometime later this year.
Oh, I was thinking of naming the club 上級読書会の戦闘.
Name is also up for debate I’m not so attached to it.
Please share any interests in the club, suggestions, and opinions.