There are both pros and cons to working in a group. One of which is getting a second opinion on your work. Like how when you write something and in your head it makes sense but your writing it really fast because you're afraid you're going to forget what you're trying to say, and in the end it it's all scrambled. Having a partner is also helpful for when you are unsure about a topic, For example after reading The Very Old Man With Enormous Wings I had a difficult time deciding what point of view it was written in. Being able to talk with Cailin about it after she had read the piece we were able to go back and look at our packets and take the information that that we knew and by process of elimination figure it out.
Con is that you or members of your group can get distracted and get off topic. Cailin dose a lot of the work on the Prezi. I appreciate that she's taking annotative, but I wish that she would talked to me before she starts creating stuff so I new what was happening and got the chance to agree or disagree with what she was doing. It also makes me feel like I'm not contributing as much. Usually what I do is go back through what she's done and read through and talk to her about editing some parts. I think it is important to be comfortable discussing thing with your group and to be countuertabe with letting other look at your work and give constructive criticism.
I'm worried I'm not going to like my new SSR book. This week I chose A Portrait of The Artist as a Young Man. I've notice as well when reading the summaries of the books when choosing from the list that I do not relate with a majority of the books at least with their plot and the characters background. But maybe the point of reading them is to be able to look past the characters generalized background and relate to them through there personalities and empathizes with there general situation and not there exacted predicament. http://www.psychologicalscience.org/publications/observer/2014/september-14/literary-character.html