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2017 – what’s happening this year?

The Project Read 2017 books
The Project 2017 books

Hello! 2016 was a quiet year for the Group with regards reading and any associated activity on social media. Sam and I keep talking about getting the Readers on the Edge back together again and reinstating the monthly meetings, maybe shaking the format up a bit, but right now that is all still in the planning stage. Do get in touch if you are interested.

However I (Cas) woke up on January 1st determined to make some headway on my “To Be Read” pile. Having spent most of the past year reading almost entirely fan fiction, one of my resolutions was to read more actual books. So Project Read 2017 was born.

I went through all my bookshelves and pulled out anything I hadn’t read yet, piled them all on the sofa (I’m not kidding!), and compiled the list.

You can follow my progress on Twitter, Pinterest, Goodreads, or here on the blog where I will be posting reviews. Want to read along with me? There is a bit in the sidebar telling you what I am currently reading.

27 books. One year. I can do this.

Wish me luck!

State of the Union

So it has been nearly two years since that fateful Twitter conversation that got the Readers on the Edge together for the first time to discuss Ocean at the End of the Lane. Wow. We’ve discussed a LOT of books in the past few years!

The time has come, however, for me to step to one side and to let someone else take charge. Sam has very kindly agreed to take over the reins.

A few other changes.

  • We’re moving the meeting night to Wednesday – so, 2nd Wednesday of every month is now book group night.
  • We’re going to trial The Mitre as our regular spot. It’s quiet, has reasonable food, has lots of space, and is nice and central.
  • We’ve picked the books for the next six months (see the Reading List). Super organised I know! We thought that having more of a “plan” and knowing what was coming would be a good idea. When the time comes to pick the next six months, everyone puts an idea in the hat and then we do a draw.
  • The person whose suggestion it is that we read is that book’s sponsor. All that means is you’re the one who leads the discussion about the book and (hopefully) comes with a few prompt-questions prepared.
  • We’re going to keep this website up and running, because it’s a good way for potential new people to find us (as Cathryn and Stacey can attest!). The Facebook group is going to stay our main forum for discussion and event planning but if you’re not in that, don’t worry! Just shoot us an email (, say hello on Twitter (@edgeofreading), or leave a comment.

Er, I think that’s it! We’re always on the look-out for new members so if you fancy discussing an eclectic range of books with a group of super-friendly publishing peeps, get in touch!

How it works

So, what can you expect to see here?

The main categories of posts will be:

1) Reviews of books. These will be either books we have read for the monthly meetings, written by one of the Readers, or a book one of the Reader has read and that she feels she must share.

2) Meeting Diary. We hold meetings at least once a month, and these posts will detail the book we’re going to be reading etc.

3) Events. Oxford is a city with lots of fun and exciting literary events going on, and as all the Readers work in Publishing, they tend to go to a lot of them! Sometimes, the muse will strike and someone will just feel the urge to post about it…