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message 1: by Jessica (new)

Jessica (Books: A true story) (booksatruestory) | 490 comments Mod
Amanda suggested this challenge and I thought it would be fun. For October, you can have a member of the group pick your next book to read from your dusty shelves. The challenge is to finish it before October 31.

Here's the details of how it works:

-If you want someone to pick a book for you, leave a comment with a direct link to your dusty bookshelf titles. The shelf can be a personal shelf or the one in the group. Or if you like typing, you can list the books here in this thread. Just make it easy for us to find what books you have on your challenge list.

-The first person to comment with a book suggestion from your list is the book that you will have to read for this challenge.

-You can ask for suggestions starting right now so that you have the whole month of October to read it.

I hope this challenge will be fun for everyone! if there are any problems just let me know.

Have fun and good luck!


message 3: by Fatin (new)

Fatin (fatin-) | 46 comments Yess, I've started reading quite a few, but then I end up in a readers block and don't read past a few pages no matter how good the book is!

Here are mine:
The Great Gatsby The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Brothers Karamazov The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Slaughterhouse Five Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
Brave New World Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Tropic of Cancer Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller
Grapes of Wrath The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
Anna Karenina Anna Karenina (Centennial Edition) by Leo Tolstoy
One Hundred Years of Solitude One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez
My Feudal Lord My Feudal Lord by Tehmina Durrani
Man and Superman Man and Superman by George Bernard Shaw


message 4: by Liz (new)

Liz (hissheep) Thalia wrote: "I'd love for someone to pick a book for me. :D Here are the dusty books I still have:

Delirium by Lauren Oliver.
So Much Closer by Susane Colasanti.
The Hobbit byJ.R.R. Tolkien.
The Return of the ..."


Thalia, I'd go with The Hobbit, especially since the movie is about to come out in theaters! Also, I believe it's the prequel to The Lord of the Rings series -- and much easier to understand! ;o)


message 5: by Liz (new)

Liz (hissheep) Fatin wrote: "Yess, I've started reading quite a few, but then I end up in a readers block and don't read past a few pages no matter how good the book is!

Here are mine:
The Great Gatsby [bookcover:The Great Ga..."


Ahhhh, that's what it's called "readers block"! I've been having that issue with books on CD -- I get through 1 (or maybe 2) discs and give up!

I must say, Fatin, no wonder you are having a hard time choosing ... the books you listed are classic but definitely not easy reading. I'd go for the shortest ... ;o)


message 6: by Fatin (new)

Fatin (fatin-) | 46 comments Liz wrote: "Ahhhh, that's what it's called "readers block"!"

Haha I'm not sure if that what it's called but I was sick of trying to explain it to people so I just named it that. I also call it an intellectual block because at times like these, I can't even watch an intelligent movie!

the books you listed are classic but definitely not easy reading. I'd go for the shortest
Yes, I think that may be the problem, I've only read a few pages of Gatsby, Karamazov, and two chapters of Tropic of Cancer and Slaughterhouse 5. It's sad when I can't get into the mood to enjoy them. I'm currently reading The Restaurant at the End of the Universe. :) It's a relatively easier read.


message 7: by Thalia (new)

Thalia (thaliaanderson) | 359 comments Fatin, I'd read The Great Gatsby. It's pretty short and SO good! You'll definitely enjoy it! (:

Thanks, Liz! I'll probably read Return of the King first, since I'm already in the middle of the LotR series, but then I'll read it. (: Just get two out of the way in one month!


message 8: by Dermo (new)

Dermo (dermodrummer) Fatin, I absolutely loved Slaughterhouse-5 and I finished it in less than a week. It may be more of a masculine read, I'm not sure, I see you also mentioned Steinbeck, I also chewed up anything of his I've read, I just love his prose. Slaughterhouse 5 is very short though, so maybe go with that one, and if you like it, then I'd say Steinbeck ought to float your boat as well.


message 9: by Fatin (last edited Sep 30, 2012 07:11PM) (new)

Fatin (fatin-) | 46 comments Dermo, yes, I was forced to read The Pearl by Steinback in 8th grade. I didn't enjoy it then because...well, my teacher...we just didn't click. She refused to listen to any opinion but her own. I read it a couple of years later and loved it! So I'm sure I'd like Grapes of Wrath. And I've read a little of the Slaughterhouse five. I have a habit of highlighting parts I like, and although I'm just 20 pages in, I have quite a bit highlighted. I just can't seem to get into the flow.

Thalia, I had borrowed my friend's copy Gatsby, but mine should be arriving soon enough. I'll give it another shot then. :)


message 10: by Amanda (new)

Amanda (flutterby32) | 54 comments How do I add a link to my bookshelf? I didn't even see it in the bookshelves in the group. Help!


message 11: by Hayley (last edited Oct 02, 2012 11:15PM) (new)

Hayley Stewart (haybop) | 491 comments Mod
So starting once I finally get round to finishing current book I need help choosing between:

Nemesis by Jo Nesbø
A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin
Persuasion by Jane Austen
Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks


message 12: by Candiss (new)

Candiss (tantara) Amanda - You can either grab the url to one of your personal shelves and paste it here, or you can create a shelf with your name among the group shelves. I don't see one there that has your name, so I'm guessing you haven't created one yet. Just search for a book to add, and if it's already shelved for the group, add a shelf with your name via the drop-down list, and the system will both create your shelf and add your shelf name to the list of shelves for that book. Repeat until you have shelved all the books you want. :) (Or you can simply list some books here for someone to choose from.)


message 13: by Candiss (new)

Candiss (tantara) Hayley, since your profile shows you are currently reading a fantasy novel, I'll suggest mixing it up a bit with a classic. I remember liking Persuasion when I read it many years ago, and Austen is rarely not enjoyable. Try that one!


message 14: by Amanda (last edited Oct 05, 2012 01:39PM) (new)

Amanda (flutterby32) | 54 comments Okay, here are a few selections to choose from. Will someone please pick one for me?
The Notebook
The Outlaws of Sherwood
Lord of the Flies
Thr3e
Angela's Ashes


message 15: by Stefan (new)

Stefan Yates (stefan31) | 137 comments Amanda wrote: "Okay, here are a few selections to choose from. Will someone please pick one for me?
The Notebook
The Outlaws of Sherwood
Lord of the Flies
Thr3e
Angela's Ashes"


I've always been fond of Lord of the Flies.


message 16: by Fatin (new)

Fatin (fatin-) | 46 comments Stefan wrote: "I've always been fond of Lord of the Flies. "

I second that! I love that book.
Can't say much about The Notebook, but I fell asleep during its movie.


message 17: by Liz (new)

Liz (hissheep) Lord of the Flies ... I will seal the deal with a YES! ;o)


message 18: by Anna (new)

Anna (tartanthorn) OHHHH read the Outlaws of sherwood, i want to but haven't been able to, and then you can tell me how it is! :)


message 19: by Hayley (new)

Hayley Stewart (haybop) | 491 comments Mod
Thank you Candiss, that does sound rather tempting & makes sense :)

Amanda - I agree with Stefan, Fatin & Liz - Lord Of The Flies! ;)


message 20: by April (new)

April | 570 comments THIS is a great challenge for me! Because I have fallen off the dusty wagon...and I'm down to the books that are hard for me to get into...even though I want to, I really do....but there's always something better...
PLEASE PICK FOR ME...then I'll at least feel I owe it to someone to read it! :)

The Secret Diary of Anne Boleyn: A Novel
The Enchanted Castle
Fantastic Voyage
Mrs. Dalloway
Saint
A Thousand Splendid Suns
The Book Thief
The Jane Austen Book Club


message 21: by Thalia (last edited Oct 08, 2012 04:52PM) (new)

Thalia (thaliaanderson) | 359 comments April, read The Book Thief! You have to let me know how it is! (;


message 22: by April (new)

April | 570 comments Thalia wrote: "April, read The Book Thief! You have to let me know how it is! (;"

Alright, Thalia..for you! :D


message 23: by Ann (new)

Ann (annshow) I still can't figure out how to post an url and I have a shelf. Oh well, I could use the help. I'm only 1 pg into the book I am currently reading. Here's my choices:
The Poisonwood Bible - Kingsolver
The Art of Racing in the Rain-Garth Stein
Life of Pi-Yann Martel
Thanks, Ann


message 24: by Jimi-carol (new)

Jimi-carol Benton | 39 comments Ok I want to get in on the fun :) My books are:
Moby-Dick
Les Misérables
Utopia
A Child Called "It"
My Sister's Keeper
Uncle Tom's Cabin
Wuthering Heights


message 25: by Jimi-carol (new)

Jimi-carol Benton | 39 comments Ann wrote: "I still can't figure out how to post an url and I have a shelf. Oh well, I could use the help. I'm only 1 pg into the book I am currently reading. Here's my choices:
The Poisonwood Bible - Kingsol..."


I think The Art of Racing in the Rain sound good :)


message 26: by Liz (new)

Liz (hissheep) Jimi-carol wrote: "Ann wrote: "I still can't figure out how to post an url and I have a shelf. Oh well, I could use the help. I'm only 1 pg into the book I am currently reading. Here's my choices:
The Poisonwood Bib..."



The Art of Racing in the Rain is one of my favorite reads ... as well as anyone I've suggested it to! ;o)


message 27: by Fatin (new)

Fatin (fatin-) | 46 comments Jimi-carol wrote: "Ok I want to get in on the fun :) My books are:
Moby-Dick
Les Misérables
Utopia
A Child Called "It"
My Sister's Keeper
Uncle Tom's Cabin
Wuthering Heights"


Jimi, I found Wuthering Heights to be a slow and boring read, I've tried reading it thrice, and somehow I never make it past the second chapter!
As for Les Miserables, that's on my list as well, but somehow I managed to order volume two instead of one! My friend's said that it gets very dry in the middle, but the book's worth it.


message 28: by Hayley (new)

Hayley Stewart (haybop) | 491 comments Mod
Jimi-Carol & Fatin, Les Mis is a good read - as long as you get a good translation & are prepared for a few chapters of randomness in the middle :)
I've never been able to get into Wuthering Heights either (despite numerous attempts to get me reading it on my sister's part ;P)


message 29: by Jimi-carol (new)

Jimi-carol Benton | 39 comments Hayley wrote: "Jimi-Carol & Fatin, Les Mis is a good read - as long as you get a good translation & are prepared for a few chapters of randomness in the middle :)
I've never been able to get into Wuthering Height..."


Fatin wrote: "Jimi-carol wrote: "Ok I want to get in on the fun :) My books are:
Moby-Dick
Les Misérables
Utopia
A Child Called "It"
My Sister's Keeper
Uncle Tom's Cabin
Wuthering Heights"

Jimi, I found Wuther..."


LOL :) That is why they are in my dusty books category; they both seem to take an effort to read. So Les Mis it is :)


message 30: by April (new)

April | 570 comments Thalia wrote: "April, read The Book Thief! You have to let me know how it is! (;"

Alright, Thalia...I finished it. It is good. You WILL add it to your list of 'books that made you cry'. It is not an easy read (while the words and narration propel you through) because you feel as if you can't stop, but you should...because...just because.


message 31: by Liz (last edited Oct 24, 2012 09:01AM) (new)

Liz (hissheep) Jimi-carol wrote: "Hayley wrote: "Jimi-Carol & Fatin, Les Mis is a good read - as long as you get a good translation & are prepared for a few chapters of randomness in the middle :)
I've never been able to get into W..."


I've seen the play "Les Miz" at least 3 times, but have never read the book, although it IS on my "dusty" shelves. The size of is daunting ... is there a "Reader's Digest-ed" version? ;o) Enjoy!

I also have Wuthering Heights on that "dusty" shelf -- maybe I should dust one of them off?!?


message 32: by Amanda (new)

Amanda (flutterby32) | 54 comments I've read Wuthering Heights and it is difficult to follow at times. I have it as one of my "to be read again" books. I remember that I liked it and parts of it are stuck in my memory. I am thinking if I read it a few more times I will understand it better.


message 33: by Hayley (new)

Hayley Stewart (haybop) | 491 comments Mod
I read Persuasion. It wasn't the best Austen but it was good, definitely different from The Gargoyle (which I couldn't even finish, oops :S). I'm now on Nemesis.

I'm really putting off getting my hands on Wuthering Heights but know I'll have to read it at some point so my full respect to all who have read it!!


message 34: by Fatin (new)

Fatin (fatin-) | 46 comments I've just about given up on Wuthering Heights. I don't even know where my copy went.
I'm slowly moving through Lolita. I get disgusted and then I have to put it down.


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