This club was originally established on Saturday, December 2, 2000 under the name Romantic Visions by serena3_2 (same person as a_soft_flower) and tahminaka_angel_of_mercy. It was created to discuss romance novels. On Monday, January 1, 2001, the group read and discussed its first book. Eventually, members decided to expand the group's reading to all types of "books" including nonfiction, fiction, poetry, graphic novels, and even comic books. No printed material is turned away or "banned" from Cafe Libri's monthly voting list. A name change contest was held on Thursday, February 23, 2006 to reflect the reading group's new mission statement (reading, reflecting, and analyzing all types of printed materials since 2006). SWY105 (Wil) suggested Cafe Libri, which became our group's new name. It is now owned by a_soft_flower (Serena/Adrianna) and co-owned by karana_20 (Shelli).
Cafe Libri (Yahoo Reading Discussion Group) is the original Cafe Libri creation. It is a Yahoo Group for all types of people. It is an informal online group that discusses a variety of subjects and is a great place to meet new friends. Discussion is always open-ended, and members are encouraged to take initiative in leading discussion topics.
Cafe Libri (Reading Discussions and Book Reviews on Goodreads) is a secondary reading group for all types of people. It was created on Monday, September 14, 2009 by a_soft_flower (Serena/Adrianna) to serve as an alternate group for Cafe Libri Yahoo members who are also members on this site. Goodreads allows members to discuss and write reviews on books and reading materials discussed at Cafe Libri Yahoo. Book discussions still continue primarily on Yahoo, but the Goodreads group allows us to advertise the original Cafe Libri to additional book lovers from around the world.
Cafe Libri (Reading Reviews and Book Reviews on Lunch) is another extension of the original Cafe Libri reading discussion group. It was created on Friday, March 12, 2010 by Adrianna. It serves as an alternative site where members can post book reviews, similar to Cafe Libri Goodreads, but with more review freedoms. Members can post any type of reading related review at Cafe Libri Lunch (not limited solely to book reviews--all genres and styles are encouraged such as manga, graphic novels, comic books, autobiographies, biographies, fiction, cookbooks, essays, poetry, short stories, oral stories, nonfiction, etc.). Some nontraditional examples include e-readers, book illustrations, and author reviews (to name a few). A user's imagination is the limit.
Cafe Libri (Reading Reviews and Book Reviews on Twitter), cross posted from Cafe Libri Lunch, is a Twitter page dedicated to posting information about what members from Cafe Libri Lunch are reading and reviewing. Follow us on Twitter for updates about fantastic reading materials that you should be checking out! You'll know that you are following the correct twitter page because the name is listed as "Adrianna," who is the owner of the original Yahoo Cafe Libri.
Cafe Libri (Reading Discussions and Book Reviews on Shelfari) is the final creation of the original Cafe Libri reading discussion group. It was created on Thursday, June 17, 2010 by Adrianna to serve as an alternate group for Cafe Libri Yahoo members who are also members on this site. Shelfari allows members to discuss and write reviews on books and reading materials discussed at Cafe Libri Yahoo in a more visual manner than Cafe Libri Goodreads. Book discussions still continue primarily on Yahoo, but the Shelfari group allows us to advertise the original Cafe Libri to additional book lovers from around the world.
January's Read: Aphrodite by Pierre Louys (208 pages) (Free e-book: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/36378)
January's Read: Year of Wonder by Geraldine Brooks (308 pages)
February's Read: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot (Non-Fiction) (400 pages)
February's Side Read: Kindred by Octavia Butler
We are an informal group of eclectic readers. We have a monthly book that members have the option to read and discuss together. Otherwise, members can post about all types of books that they are interested in reading or are reading with other people.
Around the 5th of every month, the owner e-mails a monthly voting list to all members of the group. The co-owner will post descriptions of the book selections a day or two later. By the 15th of the month, the winning book title will be e-mailed to members. The voting list for the group's monthly read is comprised of titles from members' future reading lists. Members can add as many titles as they want to their future reading list. To add a book suggestion, members can post in the group or send a private e-mail to the owner or co-owner of Cafe Libri.
Around the 10th of every month, the co-owner posts formal discussion questions for the monthly read (if there are any avilable for the selected book). There is also a set of generic discussion questions under the Files section of the group. Members are not required to answer any of the discussion questions but can use them to spur conversation. Members are encouraged to pose their own set of questions or comments throughout the month as they read the book. Discussion of the book lasts all month and can carry over to the next month if needed. You do not have to have read the book by the first of the month in order to discuss it with the other members.
Authors who would like to nominate one of their books as a read for the group should e-mail the owner of the group. They can post one message about their book as well as submit the title to their future reading list.
CR= Current Read
CLT= Currently Listening To
QR= Quit Reading
JF= Just Finished
TBR= To Be Read
If you would like to see what we have been up to, view the list of books we have read.
To join Cafe Libri, all you need to do is sign up. Visit the website here: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/cafelibri
To e-mail the founders for more information, send messages to:
Karana_20 - sassy@basketballmail(dot)com
To view Member's book suggestions, visit the future reading list.
In September 2009, Cafe Libri (Yahoo Reading Discussion Group) and Cafe Libri (Reading Discussions and Book Reviews on Goodreads) started a tradition of hosting a secondary read for Frequently Challenged Books (last week of September). During the month of September, members are asked to choose any book that has been targeted for banning. Then, they read and write a small paragraph or two about their thoughts as to why people wanted the book banned. Members can also discuss and comment on their selected choices throughout the month. This is a tradition that is only hosted at Cafe Libri (Yahoo Reading Discussion Group) and Cafe Libri (Reading Discussions and Book Reviews on Goodreads). Make sure you are a member at one of those sites in order to participate.
To access the books that were read and discussed last year, go to Banned Books Reads (Yahoo) or Goodreads Frequently Challenged Books Discussion Thread.
To access information on Frequently Challenged Reads, visit the American Library Association.
Yahoo Live Chats
Every quarter, about four months, the owner and co-owner of Yahoo Cafe Libri Reading Group host a live chat for readers from all web versions of Cafe Libri. Learn more about our live chats and when we will be hosting another one by going to the Yahoo Live Chats Page.
Book groups such as these flourish only as much as members post and share their ideas and thoughts about books or anything else that is of interest. If no one posted, the group would cease to exist, so although any member can elect to just read the messages, I also hope that you will choose to participate and help the group to grow.