Re: Book discussion leader needed...
You're absolutely right that you are not here to defend your work. This is meant to be fun for all of us including our authors.
We don't approach our fiction discussions the same way we handle non-fiction. With non-fiction an author is usually making an argument for one position or another so they can expect some agreement and some disagreement. We have some pretty heated debates in our non-fiction book discussions and this is one of the most exciting aspects to BookTalk.org.
But fiction is another story (no pun intended) and we're not doing a book "review" or "critique" here. We're reading and discussing a fiction book for enjoyment. Our fiction authors are not expecting to be critiqued or judged or evaluated for their writing skill. A book might not be "perfect" but our focus is not on pointing out the flaws.
Chip, we don't even really need a discussion leader. It is a perk when it happens. But there is no need for you to hold that title. Just participate however you like and we'll be happy with that.