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message 1: by Karena (last edited Jan 05, 2013 06:45PM) (new)

Karena (karenafagan) Please check the book shelf to make sure your choice hasn't been added. We are also only accepting adult fiction novels at this time. Thanks!


message 2: by Angie, Shelf-tator (new)

Angie (adowns) | 520 comments Kate Chopin, The Awakening


message 3: by Karena (new)

Karena (karenafagan) I'm sorry, Angie. I don't know how I missed that one. I know you've recommended it before. It will be added. Thanks for reminding me!


message 4: by Angie, Shelf-tator (new)

Angie (adowns) | 520 comments :) No problem!


message 5: by Karena (new)

Karena (karenafagan) All right it's been added, but you'll find it on the traditional bookshelf since it was published in 1899. =)


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Kiss-koczka (kisskoczka) | 36 comments Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchel


message 7: by Diane L (new)

Diane L Second the choices of The Age of Innocence and Their Eyes Were Watching God. Both excellent books.

I would add Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea. Also The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett and Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier


message 8: by Russ (new)

Russ (russ_lemley) The Good Earth by Pearl Buck.


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Elizabeth Moffat | 36 comments The Great Gatsby
F.Scott Fitzgerald


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Geri Mariano | 7 comments Elizabeth wrote: "The Great Gatsby
F.Scott Fitzgerald"


One of the best!

"So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past" ... one of the few quotes I can remember word for word.


message 12: by Anil (new)

Anil | 79 comments The Bell by Iris Murdoch.


message 13: by Shelby (last edited Nov 25, 2012 11:02AM) (new)


message 14: by Karena (new)

Karena (karenafagan) Just wanted to let you guys know, I am seeing your suggestions, I just haven't had a chance to add them to the bookshelves. I will to get these up on our list for January's poll picks. Thanks again, everyone!


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Jason Goetz | 3 comments In no particular order:

For Whom the Bell Tolls--Hemingway
John Brown's Body--Steven Vincent Benet
1984--Orwell
Light in August--Faulkner
History of the English-Speaking Peoples--Winston Churchill
The Love of the Last Tycoon--Fitzgerald
Saint Joan--George Bernard Shaw
The Crucible--Arthur Miller
The Education of Henry Adams--Henry Adams
The Decline of the West--Oswald Spengler
Principia Mathematica--Bertrand Russell
Relativity--Einstein


message 16: by Jeane, Book-tator (new)

Jeane (Pinkbookdragon) | 323 comments Jason wrote: "In no particular order:

For Whom the Bell Tolls--Hemingway
John Brown's Body--Steven Vincent Benet
1984--Orwell
Light in August--Faulkner
History of the English-Speaking Peoples--Winston Churchill..."


Great suggestions Jason! I think we (for the time being) might be staying clear of the non-fiction books, but, just as the young adult books, we might be adding them later. You can also start a classic non-fiction book thread! I think that would be very interesting! All your other suggestions went right into our suggestions "pot" :)


message 17: by James (last edited Nov 29, 2012 08:39AM) (new)

James Campbell (JamescCamp) | 3 comments Yes to Jason's suggestion of 1984. This is one of the most important books of the last 100 years. Everybody should be made to read this once in high school, and then probably again at 30, when they might understand it a little better.


message 18: by Kiss-koczka (new)

Kiss-koczka (kisskoczka) | 36 comments If we are reading 1984 we really have to read Darkness at noon by Koestler.


message 19: by Jason (new)

Jason Goetz | 3 comments Totally understand if Principia Mathematica doesn't go on everyone's list lol.

Also blanked completely on Brave New World (Huxley) and A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (Joyce). Would suggest Ulysses as well. I also highly suggest Hemingway's short stories--"The Killers" in particular--and The Master and Margarita (Bulgakov).

Jeane wrote: "Jason wrote: "In no particular order:

For Whom the Bell Tolls--Hemingway
John Brown's Body--Steven Vincent Benet
1984--Orwell
Light in August--Faulkner
History of the English-Speaking Peoples--Win..."



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James Campbell (JamescCamp) | 3 comments Jason wrote: "Totally understand if Principia Mathematica doesn't go on everyone's list lol.

Also blanked completely on Brave New World (Huxley) and A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (Joyce). Would sugge..."


Maybe let's stay away from Ulysses – we don't want to destroy everyone's love of reading ;)


message 21: by Angie, Shelf-tator (new)

Angie (adowns) | 520 comments Jason wrote: "Totally understand if Principia Mathematica doesn't go on everyone's list lol.

Also blanked completely on Brave New World (Huxley) and A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (Joyce). Would sugge..."


Thanks, Jason! Also, make sure you check out the bookshelves. Many of these suggestions are already added to the shelves, and I added the few that weren't. I try to add the new selections at least once a week. Thanks again!


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Megan (prettywillowtree) | 3 comments What about The Chrysalids? I read it in High School and was blown away ... but now I cant remember much of it and have been wanting to re read it for a while now


message 23: by Laurie (new)

Laurie | 151 comments The Beautiful and Damned, by F Scott Fitzgerald.


message 24: by Angie, Shelf-tator (new)

Angie (adowns) | 520 comments Megan wrote: "What about The Chrysalids? I read it in High School and was blown away ... but now I cant remember much of it and have been wanting to re read it for a while now"

Thanks for the suggestion. It sounds like a great book. I added it today.


message 25: by Angie, Shelf-tator (new)

Angie (adowns) | 520 comments Laurie wrote: "The Beautiful and Damned, by F Scott Fitzgerald."

Added it! Thanks!


message 26: by Andrea (new)

Andrea (badluckismygod) Mikhail Bulgakov - The Master and Margarita.
Jacques Prevert - Any poems you find, he was most active during that period.
Karel Capek - His dramas are most known ( R.U.R. and White disease, but his short stories are also great )
Boris Vian - Heartsnatcher
Poems from Sergey Jesenin and Alexander Blok, Boris Pasternak.


message 27: by Angie, Shelf-tator (new)

Angie (adowns) | 520 comments Andrea wrote: "Mikhail Bulgakov - The Master and Margarita.
Jacques Prevert - Any poems you find, he was most active during that period.
Karel Capek - His dramas are most known ( R.U.R. and White disease, but his..."


Andrea, For this bookclub, except under special circumstances, like the April opportunity to read Shakespeare on the side, we will be only reading classic fiction novels. Several of your suggestions are poetry and drama. The Master and Margarita is on the bookshelf. At this time, Heartsnatcher doesn't fall into the category of a contemporary classic. Thanks so much for all the suggestions! They all sound interesting!


message 28: by Tanya-Marie (new)

Tanya-Marie | 238 comments The City and the Pillar (1948) by Gore Vidal is a good choice. Perhaps more of an underground classic, but a classic nonetheless.
There's Williwaw too.


message 29: by Angie, Shelf-tator (new)

Angie (adowns) | 520 comments Tanya wrote: "The City and the Pillar (1948) by Gore Vidal is a good choice. Perhaps more of an underground classic, but a classic nonetheless.
There's Williwaw too."


Great! I added The City and the Pillar today. :)


message 30: by Shelley (new)

Shelley (SeaToSkye) I know it's been suggested already, but maybe we could read The Great Gatsby for May, since the movie is coming out. (or put it on the poll to vote for)


message 31: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer | 14 comments Not sure if these are considered classics but here's a couple I read in school:
Native Son by Richard Wright
All the Kings Men by Robert Penn Warren


message 32: by Jeane, Book-tator (last edited Jan 09, 2013 07:07AM) (new)

Jeane (Pinkbookdragon) | 323 comments Foundation by Issac Asimov please :) it was published in 1959
Casino Royale by Ian Fleming it was published in 1953
The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndam 1957

The Once and Future King by T.H. White 1958
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe 1958


message 33: by Angie, Shelf-tator (new)

Angie (adowns) | 520 comments Jennifer wrote: "Not sure if these are considered classics but here's a couple I read in school:
Native Son by Richard Wright
All the Kings Men by Robert Penn Warren"


Great suggestions, Jennifer! I added them today.


message 34: by Angie, Shelf-tator (new)

Angie (adowns) | 520 comments Jeane wrote: "Foundation by Issac Asimov please :) it was published in 1959
Casino Royale by Ian Fleming it was published in 1953
The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndam 1957

The Once and Future King by T.H. White 1..."


So many great suggestions, Jeane! I will get to them today. :)


message 35: by Angie, Shelf-tator (new)

Angie (adowns) | 520 comments Jeane wrote: "Foundation by Issac Asimov please :) it was published in 1959
Casino Royale by Ian Fleming it was published in 1953
The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndam 1957

The Once and Future King by T.H. White 1..."


Jeane,

I added the first book of The Once and Future King, The Sword in the Stone. And, Things Fall Apart is already on the list. The others I added. The Midwich Cuckoos looks great!


message 36: by Karena (new)

Karena (karenafagan) Angie wrote: "Jeane wrote: "Foundation by Issac Asimov please :) it was published in 1959
Casino Royale by Ian Fleming it was published in 1953
The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndam 1957

The Once and Future King b..."


Bad Book-tator, not checking the shelves! ;P


message 37: by Angie, Shelf-tator (new)

Angie (adowns) | 520 comments Karena wrote: "Angie wrote: "Jeane wrote: "Foundation by Issac Asimov please :) it was published in 1959
Casino Royale by Ian Fleming it was published in 1953
The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndam 1957

The Once and..."


lmao!


message 38: by Crystal (new)

Crystal (infiniteink) | 87 comments What about Anthem by Ayn Rand?


message 39: by Angie, Shelf-tator (new)

Angie (adowns) | 520 comments Crystal wrote: "What about Anthem by Ayn Rand?"

Added today. Thanks!


message 40: by Marwa (new)

Marwa (_MIA_) How about adding novels by Sinclair Lewis, like Main Street, Babbit & It Can't Happen Here??


message 41: by Angie, Shelf-tator (new)

Angie (adowns) | 520 comments Marwa wrote: "How about adding novels by Sinclair Lewis, like Main Street, Babbit & It Can't Happen Here??"

Added them today


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Laura (lmcb) | 140 comments Marwa wrote: "How about adding novels by Sinclair Lewis, like Main Street, Babbit & It Can't Happen Here??"

Thanks for the reminder! One of my favorite books when I was younger was Arrowsmith but it's been forever since I've read it. It's going on my to-read list today :-)


message 44: by Angie, Shelf-tator (new)

Angie (adowns) | 520 comments Karena wrote: "The Assistant"

Added it! Thanks


message 46: by Karena (new)

Karena (karenafagan) Crystal wrote: "Fahrenheit 451"

Good one! I can't believe we didn't have that one on there.


message 47: by Marwa (new)

Marwa (_MIA_) Bringing you a taste of Germany :)

The Black Obelisk & The Night in Lisbon: A Novel , By Erich Maria Remarque.
The Magic Mountain & Doctor Faustus, by Thomas Mann.
Narcissus and Goldmund & Demian , by Hermann Hesse.


message 48: by Scott (new)

Scott (kamenr) Parade's End, by Ford Madox Ford, a great and mostly ignored masterpiece, now being serialized on TV by BBC.


message 49: by Elizabeth (new)

Elizabeth Moffat | 36 comments Oh yes, I want to read that one Scott.


message 50: by Angie, Shelf-tator (new)

Angie (adowns) | 520 comments Crystal wrote: "Fahrenheit 451"

Added it today! Thanks!


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