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message 1: by Jessica (last edited Oct 27, 2013 02:25PM) (new)

Jessica Haider (jessicahaider) | 1094 comments Mod
What books would you like the group to read in 2013? Post your ideas here. We will vote at the meetings.

Authors: Please try to avoid the temptation to do self-promotion in this thread.

General guidelines: book should be available in paperback and be under 400 pages.

See the 2012 version of this topic here: http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/7...

Our selections for the year are....

January: The Executioner's Song by Norman Mailer
February: The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt
March: Left Neglected by Lisa Genova
April: Crime of Privilege by Walter Walker
May:Let's Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir by Jenny Lawson
June: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
July: Fool by Christopher Moore
August: This is How You Lose Her by Junot Díaz
September: The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
October: World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks
November: Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka Brunt


message 2: by Jessica (last edited Oct 23, 2013 03:57PM) (new)

Jessica Haider (jessicahaider) | 1094 comments Mod
Here are our remaining un-selected suggestions from our 2012 topic.

CONTEMPORARY FICTION

The Unfinished Work of Elizabeth D. by Nichole Bernier

A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

The Round House by Louise Erdrich

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

Love Anthony by Lisa Genova

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

The Dog Stars by Peter Heller

The Obituary Writer by Ann Hood

Southern Gods by John Hornor Jacobs

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

The Paris Wife by Paula McLain

I Couldn't Love You More by Jillian Medoff

Love and Other Near-Death Experiences by Mil Millington

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes (not available in paperback yet)

Binocular Vision: New & Selected Stories by Edith Pearlman

Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka Brunt

Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan (not yet in paperback)

The Lotus Eaters by Tatjana Soli

The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman


Mermaid in Chelsea Creek by Michelle Tea



OLD SCHOOL LITERATURE (well, 15 years or older)
The New York Trilogy by Paul Auster

White Noise by Don DeLillo

A Room with a View by E.M. Forster

Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons

The Optimist's Daughter by Eudora Welty



NON-FICTION
Confessions of a Prairie Bitch: How I Survived Nellie Oleson and Learned to Love Being Hated by Alison Arngrim

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain
Come Back: A Mother and Daughter's Journey Through Hell and Back by Claire Fontaine

Raising Demons by Shirley Jackson

Lit: A Memoir by Mary Karr


Kosher Chinese: Living, Teaching, and Eating with China's Other Billion Michael Levy

A Train in Winter: An Extraordinary Story of Women, Friendship, and Resistance in Occupied France by Caroline Moorehead

The Witness Wore Red: The 19th Wife Who Brought Polygamous Cult Leaders to Justice by Rebecca Musser

I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai

LONGER READS (500+ pages)

The Given Day by Dennis Lehane (720 pages)

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel 600+

1Q84 by Haruki Murakami 925 pages


message 3: by Jessica (new)

Jessica Haider (jessicahaider) | 1094 comments Mod
We will be picking our next set of books at our January meeting. If you have any additional ideas for book picks feel free to post them here.


message 5: by Joanie (new)

Joanie | 488 comments Mod
I just got The Round House by Louise Eldrich. It might be a good one for us down the road.


message 6: by Jessica (new)

Jessica Haider (jessicahaider) | 1094 comments Mod
I'd love to read The Round House.


message 7: by Debi (new)

Debi Montana (dlmontana) | 6 comments It is not in paperback, so I know it can't be a book club selection but I just finished 'Love Anthony' by Lisa Genova- author of 'Still Alice' and 'Left Neglected' -it was just wonderful, as all her books are.


message 8: by Joanie (new)

Joanie | 488 comments Mod
Ooh...I didn't know she had a new book out! I'll have to check it out, thanks Debi!


message 9: by Jessica (new)

Jessica Haider (jessicahaider) | 1094 comments Mod
Thanks for the suggestion, Debi. I loved Still Alice and have been wanting to read Left Neglected.


message 10: by Lisa (new)

Lisa | 0 comments I'm attending my first meeting on Sunday - am excited!

Here are some books on my list - not all are in Paperback yet:


Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

The Given Day by Dennis Lehane

The Unfinished Work of Elizabeth D.: A Novel by Nichole Bernier

I Couldn't Love You More by Jillian Medoff

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green


message 11: by Jessica (new)

Jessica Haider (jessicahaider) | 1094 comments Mod
we picked our next few books at today's meeting:

February: The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt
March: Left Neglected by Lisa Genova
April: Let's Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir by Jenny Lawson


message 12: by Jason (new)

Jason (ancatdubh2) The Sisters Brothers is a ton of fun. I look forward to hearing what you guys think of it.


message 13: by Denise (last edited Mar 04, 2013 07:36PM) (new)

Denise (ribeachgirl) | 125 comments Further to my "bring back the nazis"comment, I'd like to add A Train In Winter to our non-fiction list. I know - it's probably even sadder than Sarah's key. And probably even more "Oprah's Book Club" than Left Neglected. In my defense - it's not zombies. That's got to count for something, right?A Train in Winter: An Extraordinary Story of Women, Friendship, and Resistance in Occupied France


message 14: by Jessica (new)

Jessica Haider (jessicahaider) | 1094 comments Mod
What we need are zombie nazis!


message 15: by Joanie (new)

Joanie | 488 comments Mod
Zombie nazis! It's going to be the new hot thing, I just know it!


message 16: by Joanie (new)

Joanie | 488 comments Mod
I saw this at the airport last month and keep forgetting to add it it A Land More Kind Than Home A Novel by Wiley Cash. It looks interesting.


message 17: by Jessica (new)

Jessica Haider (jessicahaider) | 1094 comments Mod
We'll be picking our next batch of books at our May meeting! See message 2 by me in this thread for the list we will be voting from,


message 18: by Denise (new)

Denise (ribeachgirl) | 125 comments At the airport and I noticed that Harold Fry is available in paperback. I didn't buy it. For once, I resisted the power of the paperback.


message 19: by Joanie (new)

Joanie | 488 comments Mod
I just bought that one Denise, I didn't realize it was on the list! I'm all organized and I didn't know it!


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Kara (chihuahuamom) | 5 comments I,'d love to read Gone Girl. A crime fiction would be fun to start off the summer.


message 21: by Jessica (new)

Jessica Haider (jessicahaider) | 1094 comments Mod
I'd love to read Gone Girl too. I feel like it is one of those books though that everyone has already read, except for me...and apparently Kara.

Otherwise some of my top picks are: This is How you Lose Her, The Light Between Oceans, Unlikely Pilgramage of Howard Fry, and...I could go on and on!


message 22: by Melissa (new)

Melissa | 130 comments This is how you lose her is supposed to be amazing!


message 23: by Jessica (new)

Jessica Haider (jessicahaider) | 1094 comments Mod
Out selections for the summer are....

June: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
July: Fool by Christopher Moore
August: This is How You Lose Her by Junot Díaz


message 24: by Michele (new)

Michele | 14 comments Reading "Gone Girl," will make sure to be online for discussion though I will miss the June meeting. See you in July!


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Mikaela (HazelWitch) | 1 comments I wish I had peeked in this thread sooner, because I would have suggested
The Mermaid Chair

It is one of my all-time favorite books to read, but especially in the summertime! I've always wanted to read "Gone Girl", so I'm going to do it this time and attend (hopefully) my first meeting with this group at the end of the month. See you then!


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Jessica Haider (jessicahaider) | 1094 comments Mod
We will be picking our next few book selections at our next meeting so review the list in my long post above and see if your favorite suggestion is there...otherwise, suggest away.

Remember, we try to pick books that are available in paperback so it is easier for folks to get from the library and less expensive to purchase a hard copy. But, if there is a hardcover you are dying to read, we can still add it to the list and wait for it to be in paperback before we select it! :)

Also, since we will be picking the October book this month, please submit any ideas for a spooky, creepy, scary, etc. read for our late October meeting.


message 27: by Denise (new)

Denise (ribeachgirl) | 125 comments It turns out that I will not be at the August book club meeting. I definitely vote for Harold Fry making an appearance at some point.
For October, I have two suggestions:
John Dies at the End
or
Southern Gods

I have a copy of John Dies at the End, and it was made into an indie horror flick that I plan to watch as soon as I read the book. Southern Gods looks good and creepy, and takes place in the South, which somehow makes it even more creepy. I bet there's a swamp, but probably no Nazis.


message 28: by Jessica (new)

Jessica Haider (jessicahaider) | 1094 comments Mod
John dies was one I was going to suggest. Southern Gods had caught my eye as well.

Has Jodi piccoult written any spooky books? ;)


message 29: by Aric (new)

Aric | 8 comments A suggestion for your October selection: "Horns" by Joe Hill. There's a movie adaptation soon to be released starring Daniel Radcliff (AKA Harry Potter).


message 30: by Jessica (new)

Jessica Haider (jessicahaider) | 1094 comments Mod
another spooky read idea for October:
Houdini Heart by Ki Longfellow


message 31: by Joanie (last edited Aug 09, 2013 06:49AM) (new)

Joanie | 488 comments Mod
Jodi Picoult wrote Second Glance which features ghost hunters and eugenics-creepy indeed!

Joe Hill's Heart Shaped Box was creepier than Horns in my opinion but I liked them both. His short story collection 20th Century Ghosts was great too. He has a new one out NOS4A2 but it's still in hardcover.

Let the Right One In is one I've had for a while that's supposed to be good. There's a movie of that one too.


message 32: by Aric (new)

Aric | 8 comments I agree that "Heart Shaped Box" is creepier (and better) than "Horns". I was just thinking along the lines of 'read it before you see it' since you shouldn't judge a book by its movie (except for "Odd Thomas" the film adaptation of that is actually really good).


message 33: by Jessica (new)

Jessica Haider (jessicahaider) | 1094 comments Mod
Heart Shaped Box was especially creepy when listen to the audio version alone in the car while driving to NYC at 3 AM.


message 34: by Joanie (new)

Joanie | 488 comments Mod
I told you what happened to me with that one, didn't I? I was reading it on a plane and the flight attendant came by and I jumped and spilled soda all over myself! I later dropped the book in the tub and had to pay the replacement fee to the library! Maybe the book was cursed!


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Jessica Haider (jessicahaider) | 1094 comments Mod
Ha! And maybe I shouldn't post from my phone because my typing on a small screen is cursed!

My last post is shameful!


message 36: by Jessica (new)

Jessica Haider (jessicahaider) | 1094 comments Mod
The next two books are chosen!

September: The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
October: World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks


message 37: by Jessica (new)

Jessica Haider (jessicahaider) | 1094 comments Mod
At our next meeting we will be picking our next batch of books which will include our November and January book.

We typically skip having a December meeting and instead read a longer (500+ pages) book for our January meeting.

Get your ideas in now (by posting them in this thread) for longer and regular length books so we can add them to our list to pick from in a couple of weeks!



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A couple I have my eye on that I don't want to lose track of...

Mermaid in Chelsea Creek by Michelle Tea (set in Chelsea, MA...don't think it is available in paperback yet though)


message 38: by Denise (last edited Oct 14, 2013 07:22PM) (new)

Denise (ribeachgirl) | 125 comments Unfortunately, I'm going to miss the October meeting. (Well, not really unfortunate. I'll be in Charlotte with some other crazy women.) From the current list, I vote for the following, in no particular order:
Me Before You
Mr. Penumbra's 24 Hour Bookstore
Tell the Wolves I'm Home
A Room with a View

A friend also recently recommended to me:
The Obituary Writer

For January, I have no thoughts. I vote for fiction. I vote for a restaurant that has a fireplace.

See you in November!


message 39: by Jackie (new)

Jackie | 58 comments Some ideas:
- The Witness Who Wore Red (nonfiction)
- I Am Malala (I really want to read this)
- The Ocean at the End of the Lane (Neil Gaiman's newbie)
- The Paris Wife


message 40: by Aric (new)

Aric | 8 comments I really enjoyed "Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore". Because of medical issues, I'm having a hard time gathering up any concentration to read anything that isn't mostly pictures but I didn't have that problem with that book.


message 41: by Jackie (new)

Jackie | 58 comments Eric, have you read Persepolis? It's a graphic novel, coming of age story of children in Iran. It's excellent!


message 42: by Aric (new)

Aric | 8 comments I've heard of it but I need to put the effort into reading more prose.


message 43: by Joanie (new)

Joanie | 488 comments Mod
Putting in a second for Tell the Wolves I'm Home and re-listing an earlier suggestion A Land More Kind Than Home.

Since we're not meeting in December I'd be happy to have another faux book club gathering at my house in December. Let me know if that would work out.


message 44: by Jackie (new)

Jackie | 58 comments I would love that!


message 45: by Jessica (new)

Jessica Haider (jessicahaider) | 1094 comments Mod
Joanie -- sounds great to me!



I'll add all the new books to the list post once I'm in a real computer instead of my phone.


message 46: by Lisa (new)

Lisa | 0 comments Hmm ... faux book club ... I'm on board for that! :)


message 47: by Melissa (new)

Melissa | 130 comments can i third the vote for "tell the wolves i'm home".....i LOVED IT. plus, i would be ahead of the game. for once. giggle.


message 48: by Jessica (new)

Jessica Haider (jessicahaider) | 1094 comments Mod
I've also been wanting to read "Tell the Wolves I'm Home".


message 49: by Jessica (last edited Oct 27, 2013 02:40PM) (new)

Jessica Haider (jessicahaider) | 1094 comments Mod
And...our November selection is Tell the Wolves I'm Home.

We put off selecting our long January read until our November meeting.

Our current longer-read suggestions are as follows. If you have any other ideas, please post them!

LONGER READS (500+ pages)

The Given Day by Dennis Lehane (720 pages)

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel 600+

1Q84 by Haruki Murakami 925 pages


message 50: by Joanie (last edited Nov 04, 2013 12:49PM) (new)

Joanie | 488 comments Mod
I just copied and pasted this from last year's thread.

DOOR-STOPS: LONGER TOMES (500+ pages)
The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins 672 pages

Dhalgren by Samuel R. Delan 801 pages

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas 1243 pages

Carter Beats the Devil by Glen David Gold 662 pages

Forever by Pete Hamill 613 pages

Sometimes a Great Notion by Ken Kesey 715 pages

The Stand by Stephen King 1152 pages

The Way the Crow Flies by Ann-Marie MacDonald 848 pages

The Executioner's Song by Norman Mailer 1056 pages

Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell 959 pages

Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts 994 pages

Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray 912 pages

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel 651 pages

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy 838 pages

We already read (well some of you did anyway!) Executioners Song and Wolf Hall is already on the list.


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