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2017 Monthly Book Discussion ~ Interest?

Tis the season of cold, snow, ice, shovels.... and books. At least, for some of us northern types.

Would anyone be interested in having a monthly discussion of a pre-selected book? The first book could be selected for January reading, and a new thread would be opened the first week of February to discuss, repeat, repeat. With Kindle, Audible and Thriftbooks.com it's super cheap and easy to get ahold of just about any book in the world.

The subject matter would, of course, be related in some way to GSDs, working dogs, dog politics, dog culture, fictional books dogs, training methods, etc.

It might give us some interesting content to discuss.... Please respond if you're interested, if there are a handful of people I'll build a poll to choose the first title.

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yes, good idea.
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Tis the season of cold, snow, ice, shovels.... and books. At least, for some of us northern types.

Would anyone be interested in having a monthly discussion of a pre-selected book? The first book could be selected for January reading, and a new thread would be opened the first week of February to discuss, repeat, repeat. With Kindle, Audible and Thriftbooks.com it's super cheap and easy to get ahold of just about any book in the world.

The subject matter would, of course, be related in some way to GSDs, working dogs, dog politics, dog culture, fictional books dogs, training methods, etc.

It might give us some interesting content to discuss.... Please respond if you're interested, if there are a handful of people I'll build a poll to choose the first title.

Cheers!
I would be interested, I love to read. Question, though, does it have to be limited to GSD's or even dogs? Or could it be just any book that someone enjoys or finds interesting? Maybe take turns picking a selection so everybody has a chance? I am always on the lookout for good books and I get some of the best ideas from other people who also love to read...
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I would be interested, I love to read. Question, though, does it have to be limited to GSD's or even dogs? Or could it be just any book that someone enjoys or finds interesting? Maybe take turns picking a selection so everybody has a chance? I am always on the lookout for good books and I get some of the best ideas from other people who also love to read...
I'm open to whatever most people prefer - I just figured I'll be the catalyst and try and get this off the ground I also love to read, my house is full of books. Since dogs are what we all have in common, maybe we can start there and see where things go in the coming months?

What I was thinking (for simplicity, organization, and some element of democracy) - anyone who would like to recommend a book for consideration, please do - I'll consolidate the list into one poll. Whichever book receives the most votes will be the choice for the month.
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I'm open to whatever most people prefer - I just figured I'll be the catalyst and try and get this off the ground I also love to read, my house is full of books. Since dogs are what we all have in common, maybe we can start there and see where things go in the coming months?

What I was thinking (for simplicity, organization, and some element of democracy) - anyone who would like to recommend a book for consideration, please do - I'll consolidate the list into one poll. Whichever book receives the most votes will be the choice for the month.
Great idea!
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Ok, one of my all time favorite books of mine is Merle's Door, unless everyone has already read it. Another one is about a Coyote, named Charlie, raised by a young woman in WY but I don't remember the title. Some of us don't have Kindle (me) and need some time ahead to get the book itself in our hands.
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Ok, one of my all time favorite books of mine is Merle's Door, unless everyone has already read it. Another one is about a Coyote, named Charlie, raised by a young woman in WY but I don't remember the title. Some of us don't have Kindle (me) and need some time ahead to get the book itself in our hands.
Shreve Stockton's "Daily Coyote", which is on my bookshelf as well. Thumbs up.

So we have our first few recommendations, hopefully a few more of you are interested as well:

- Ted Kerasote's "Merle's Door" (wolfy dog)

- Shreve Stockton's "The Daily Coyote" (wolfy dog)

- Jon Katz's "The New Work of Dogs" < love him or hate him, this book by Katz directly relates to some threads we've had recently

- Garth Stein's "The Art of Racing in the Rain" < one of my all time favorite books, life and loss through the eyes of a dog
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I would be interested, particularly if dogs are a unifying theme. My recommendation:

A Dog's Purpose
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Love the idea .

Love the Daily Coyote and love The Art of Racing in the Rain.
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I will have to go home and search out all my dog books! I loved The Art of Racing in the Rain and I know I read Merle's Door, but I can't place it.
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