After discussing over Mexican food, it was decided that our next book is going to be Lewis' The Abolition of Man. It sounds like an interesting book, so I think it'll be a great choice, but I'm worried that people will have trouble with it because they won't read it regularly.
It's funny how quickly people forget about studying once they leave school. A couple of the group members were hesitant to commit to 'reading' the book - they wanted to choose a title that we could listen to, as a group, at the beginning of the session, and then discuss.
This makes me a little nervous, because when you're tackling a new topic for the first time, you don't get everything from an oral lecture. I don't know the statistics, but you only retain part of the information you hear, and you can't process it while absorbing new information. That's why you take notes and read a textbook in school, in addition to the professor's lecture. I just feel like we won't get everything out of the The Abolition of Man that we're meant to if we don't read it.
I think I'll send an e-mail to the group. The challenge is how to do it without calling people lazy or offending anyone. Hmmm...