Out of interest I went back through the past 4 months nominations and threads, and worked out how many of the people who voted for a book actually discussed it:
Viriconium - 4/15
Wraethu - 5/11
Riddlemaster - 5/13
The Darkness That Comes Before - 5/14
Not very heartening is it? Actually, I was more impressed by the number of peopole who consistently got in and commented on books they hadn't voted for - give yourselves a pat on the back.
I'd suggest one of two changes to the process:
a) You can't nominate unless you contributed to one of the past 2 months. I understand this is not an appealing option as it makes the club less accessible to new people, but we don't see a wild fluctuation in readership at any rate.
b)Remove the poll. I'd like to see everyone go to the effort of typing out what they want to read, and perhaps a short blurb on why. I have a feeling this would decrease the number of newbies who come straight into the book club (it is at the top after all) and then vote in a poll just because it's there. This unfortunately increases Erf's workload.
Anyway, just some options for discussion.