Give us your name and make a list of your 15 favorite books (both titles and authors please). For series, please list single volumes instead of an entire series. (The Lord of the Rings counts as a single volume, The Harry Potter Series does not.) Post your list to the community immediately after joining and wait for it to be released from the queue when members will begin voting. Members may ask you questions about your application, so be prepared to explain your choices.
A few helpful tips:
After one week of voting you will be officially stamped by one of the moderators. If you are rejected you may reapply after six months but your list must be substantively different from your initial application. After three attempts you will be permanently rejected from the community. You are also welcome to watch the community if you do not wish to join. You won't be allowed to participate in discussions, but it's a good way to pick up recommendations.
Once an application is posted, members can vote on it with either an outright 'yes' vote, or by questioning the applicant on their choices.
Once you are stamped as accepted by one of the moderators you will be given unmoderated posting access to the community. You are welcome to post anything you like as long as it's in some way related to literary discussion.
Some examples of typical posts:
Top fives: At least once a week one of the moderators will post a challenge in the form of "Top five works about XXX." All stamped members are welcome to respond to the challenge and discuss both their own choices as well as the selections of others. And even if you can't come up with five works in a particular genre, you're welcome to join in. The idea is just to share recommendations and get people reading genres they might not normally explore. And of course, members are also welcome to post their own top five challenges about anything that interests them.
Reviews: Review posts are your opportunity to tell us about the latest book you read, whether you loved or hated it. Tell us a little about the book and why you think everyone should either run out to read it or burn all of its copies into a fiery oblivion. Of course reviews are not limited to new works and we encourage you to share old favorites and classics as well.
Looking for Recs: We've all had those moments where we were desperate for something new to read and just couldn't find anything to catch our interest. While the applications and "top five" activities will probably keep your "to read" list quite full, you're also welcome to post specific requests for recommendations.
News: Did you find an interesting book-related news item? Feel free to post it in the community for discussion! The only rule on news posts is that you must link back to the original source.
General Discussion: We're really pretty flexible here in terms of what we allow. As long as it's about books, discussion is encouraged. Tell us about your latest trip to Barnes and Noble, or a great independent bookstore in your city. Talk about your favorite genres or books you're looking forward to reading.
Book Swap: TBD
The community posts will all be organized with tags. Anyone can tag a post in the community using one of the following tags:
Looking for recs
There is also a Mod Post tag for the use of official announcements by the moderators, ariesathena, fallsintoplace, and pinktreesloth. Please use tags appropriately
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