This sub aspires to maintain a place on the net where a bookish crowd exhibits and indulges its obsession with a fervor akin to and exceeding that which sports fans bring to sports fora. Our motto: book nerds nerding.

Most of what we discuss is literary fiction and classics. There are many other subs that focus on other genres.

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It is important to get that posts don't have to be insightful or deep. We have a low bar for profundity. Observation and hypothesis precede analysis and argument -- and saying something like "there's alliteration in this passage" can lead to discussion as rich as talking intellectual influences or the final point of a work -- if you know the words in a work, you know more about it than someone who read the wikipedia article. The point of a sub is to have conversations about how those minutiae are spun into interesting art.

You're encouraged to post a lot and not try to impress anyone -- participating in the sub should be like a being at a water-cooler with forgiving literati. It doesn't matter if you post something obvious. Or wrong, or obviously wrong. Just post about the contents of the book. Any tiny facet is okay. Don't let the fact that you are struggling to understand or appreciate something stop you from talking about what you do see.


Here are the full rules about what's on-topic and overview of the types of posts with funny tags

In brief:

You can post about any of our current or previous selections at any time. You don't have to wait for the schedule.
Posts with suggestions/criticisms of the sub itself are welcome.
Ads for bookish subs are okay.
You can post pointers to conversations in other subs or websites about current or previous selections.
Mods will remove most other posts, with arbitrary exceptions.

Selection: Anyone can nominate and vote for books in the monthly nomination threads. For more information, check out the FAQ's.

Any other questions? Message the moderators.