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message 1: by Kathleen (new)

Kathleen Sorry about the interrobang. Sometimes I get too excited about reading.

So, fall is in the air, the time when a young (or not so young) persons thoughts turn to the crisp smell of new (or not so new) books.

It was suggested in the xojane weekly discussion thread to read some new YA fiction this time around, which could be fun, but if there's something else you'd prefer please mention it! Heck, if we wanted to, we could even delve into some graphic novels.

On Thursday (Sept. 5) I'm going to take all of the books suggestions and make a poll.

Personally, I wouldn't mind reading The Eyre Affair, I feel like I've been hearing a lot about Jasper Fforde, but that could also be because his name is pretty fantastic.

message 2: by Michele (last edited Sep 01, 2013 12:02PM) (new)

Michele Bolay (librarygrrl64) | 6 comments I wouldn't mind re-reading The Eyre Affair, so please keep that on the list. I'd also be up for a graphic novel, I'm always up for a classic (The House of Mirth would be a good one for discussion), and I also have these on my list right now:

Third World Women and the Politics of Feminism (stolen from Sara/YourMomsBra)
Bound by Sally Gunning
Go Your Own Way: Women Travel the World Solo
Anne Frank: The Book, the Life, the Afterlife
The Wilder Life: My Adventures in the Lost World of Little House on the Prairie
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Nothing Daunted: The Unexpected Education of Two Society Girls in the West
Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
Guts (Kristen Johnson's memoir)
Eight Girls Taking Pictures by Whitney Otto
The Uninvited Guests by Sadie Jones
The Fairy Ring: or, Elsie and Frances Fool the World
The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O'Farrell

I'd also re-read and discuss ANYTHING by Kate Atkinson. :-)

Regarding YA, I know there are a lot of fans in the xoJane community, but, as a youth services specialist, my work life involves reading juvenile and YA books. While there are a lot of good ones out there, reading them in my spare time feels too much like work to me, and I prefer to stick to adult books for my pleasure reading. So count me out for anything YA, unless it happens to be something I have already read and I decide to jump in.

FYI, contacting us as you did this time is fine be me. :-)


message 3: by Haley (new)

Haley Rogers (haleyrogers) | 7 comments Ori wrote: "A really good YA novel I read recently is The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker!

That sounds really neat!

message 4: by Katy (new)

Katy (anathema_d) I've been wanting to read The Age of Miracles and especially Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children as far as YA recommendations so far go. Also, The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland In A Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne Valente.
Beautiful Ruins that Michele mentioned is one I've also heard good things about.

I haven't gotten to Neil Gaiman's new book The Ocean at the End of the Lane yet, and I'm dying to read it. If anyone else is with me, his stuff is always great.

Other books that I've heard good things about and haven't read yet:
Far From the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity by Andrew Solomon. It's long, and nonfiction, and I know that's not everybody's bag, but I think it would be interesting to a lot of XOers.
The Shining Girlsby Lauren Beukes. "A grisly crime thriller meets sci-fi action meets historical fiction in a wildly inventive summer page-turner." (Entertainment Weekly)
Big Brother by Lionel Shriver (the author of We Need to Talk About Kevin)

Also, I'm wild about the idea of graphic novels. I love them. My favorite, and I think everyone should read this regardless of whether it's a book club book or not, is Habibi by Craig Thompson. Simply beautiful. I've been wanting to read The Underwater Welder by Jeff Lemire. Something by Alan Moore would be great. From Hell, V for Vendetta, or even Watchmen.

I'm open to basically anything, and probably have a million more suggestions, but these are the first ones I thought of. :D

Katy (AnathemaD)

message 5: by Haley (new)

Haley Rogers (haleyrogers) | 7 comments Katy ...
I believe Craig Thompson wrote Blankets as well? That's the only one of his I've read, but it is magical and sad. I love it.

Also, yes to Neil Gaimen. I haven't bought a new book in awhile because I have so many that I haven't read yet on my nook. I've been slacking. This bookclub should be enough excuse to myself to buy whatever we choose, maybe I'll even partake in the discussion this time.

message 6: by Katy (new)

Katy (anathema_d) Re: Habibi-it's simply gorgeous. It might not be the best choice for the book club, as it is kind of expensive ($35 at brick&mortar stores, less so at amazon, but still) and it's very long, and even though it's a graphic novel, it doesn't necessarily read as quickly as most of them. But I still think you all should read it. And Haley, yeah, he wrote Blankets as well, which I love, and seriously, Habibi is even more magical and sad.

@Haley, that is one of my favorite things about joining this: a legitimate excuse to buy more books. Bonus points if it's one already on my Wishlist! I need to join like, all the book clubs. Ideally ones where I am the tyrannical leader forcing everyone else to read what I want to read.

OH AND. I forgot to mention before, Night Film by Marisha Pessl would make a good book club book. (I secretly hope we don't pick it because I don't get to buy a new book if we do; I won an ARC on here.) But it is a pretty ambiguous story that would make for good talk, I think.

message 7: by Robin (new)

Robin | 1 comments I'll third the Eyre Affair, it'll also be a re-read for me.

message 8: by Grace (last edited Sep 03, 2013 08:41AM) (new)

Grace | 3 comments Hi everyone! I'm new to this but I'd love to join in and read with ya'll. I usually don't read YA but I'm open to it. And I've never read any Neil Gaiman- I know, I'm so behind on all these awesome authors. Ooo and I have been wanting to read Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, I didn't even realize it was considered YA.

Katy, you have some good suggestions! I do want to read Far From the Tree and Big Brother, I think the latter would be a good "book club" read. I own V For Vendetta (stole it from an ex, kinda) but haven't read it yet, a graphic novel would be interesting but I'm not sure if it would be easy enough for everyone to find (I don't have that much disposable income right now to go out of my way to get brand new books, unfortunately-not sure about everyone else).

Basically I am up for reading whatever, I need to expand a bit anyway.

(Btw, I am lawngrrl on xoJane).

message 9: by Katy (last edited Sep 03, 2013 10:30AM) (new)

Katy (anathema_d) @Grace, yeah, that is a good point about graphic novels; I don't know about everybody else, but at my local library, the selection of graphic novels is PITIFUL. Granted, we can have any book from any branch in the county delivered there, and a few of the other libraries have a bigger selection, but still. It might be hard for some.
I haven't read any Alan Moore yet! I've only fairly recently got into graphic novels, and they're expensive, so I'm somewhat limited in what I've read. (I'm the nut who insists on owning books 90% of the time; my library card gets little use.) I read some webcomics though. (Read Girl Genius and Digger! They're both amazing!)
I agree, Big Brother does sound like good "book club" material.
And I will not yell at you for not reading anything Gaiman, but I will strongly suggest you get your ass to a bookstore or library and start in on American Gods or Good Omens (which he cowrote with Terry Pratchett, who is also amazing, and where I derive my net handle from), post-haste. Go now, my friend.


message 10: by Kathleen (new)

Kathleen Okay, the poll is now open, I think you should be able to get to it here? http://www.goodreads.com/poll/list/10...

Quite a few choices! If need be, we can do a run-off vote, but I think that it should be okay for one vote, and we can possibly add the other choices into later polls.

message 11: by Michele (new)

Michele Bolay (librarygrrl64) | 6 comments Thanks, Kathleen! :-)

message 12: by Katy (new)

Katy (anathema_d) Looks like the Eyre Affair, guys. :) So I'm finally reading Jane Eyre right now. (Shame on me, I know. I'm really bad at reading my classics. I downloaded a bunch for free on the Kindle and I'm working on them though!) Also, I don't know how groups work, or how the timeline goes as far as reading/discussion thread/etc., since I just joined, so I'm not going to be all presumptuous and create the threads or anything. But (I think?) the poll is over, so it looks like we can get started.

Also, feel free to friend me on here, I love snooping at strangers' bookshelves. ;)


message 13: by Marissa (new)

Marissa | 15 comments I haven't read Jane Eyre, can I still read this book? Maybe I'll just read both, haha. Might take me a while.

message 14: by Kathleen (new)

Kathleen Okay, so I'm planning on trying to split the book up into 5 or 6 chapter chunks, and I'm going to create new threads for all of them now, at the beginning, so we can all move through the threads at our own pace.

Does that sound reasonable to everyone? Thread every ~65 pages?

message 15: by Marissa (new)

Marissa | 15 comments Just read the summary on it's page and it sounds like exactly what I want to be reading right now! I'm excited

message 16: by Katy (new)

Katy (anathema_d) that sounds perfect! I plan on reading Jane Eyre over the weekend, probably, and ordering the Eyre Affair from Amazon tomorrow. I should have it Monday or Tuesday. I'll try to read it in chunks, but maybe also have a general thread, for the finished book? Because I don't know if I'll remember to take a break and post every so often, especially if it's as good as it sounds! (I especially have this problem with hard copies of books. If I'm reading them on a device, I get distracted and take breaks and it takes me way longer, but if I have a physical book in my hand I usually don't put it down til it's done!)
Related book tangent: Is anyone else annoyed that when you buy a physical copy of music, you can put it on your iPod and when you buy BluRays or DVDs you can put them on your computer, but if you buy a hard copy of a book (especially hard cover! those can be expensive!) you can't read it on your device? that irks me. /end tangent.

message 17: by Katy (new)

Katy (anathema_d) Marissa wrote: "I haven't read Jane Eyre, can I still read this book? Maybe I'll just read both, haha. Might take me a while."

I'm doing that! I'm reading Jane Eyre right now (I got it for free on the Kindle. I've noticed they've removed some of their free classics (?) so I don't know if you can still get it, but you might be able to find it on a public works website or something.)

message 18: by Claire (new)

Claire | 4 comments Marissa wrote: "I haven't read Jane Eyre, can I still read this book? Maybe I'll just read both, haha. Might take me a while."
I HIGHLY recommend reading Jane Eyre before you read The Eyre Affair. There are a lot of little things that you'll miss if you aren't familiar with the source material. Also, when you're done with those two (or 5... The Eyre Affair sequels are all great), I recommend reading Wide Sargasso Sea. It's meant to be like a prequel to Jane Eyre, and it's pretty great.

message 19: by Kathleen (new)

Kathleen Okay! Discussion is go! The chapter breaks topics are all set up in the fall 2013 folder.

message 20: by Fem (new)

Fem | 47 comments Oops, somehow I was signed out and didn't notice there were new posts. I have some catching up to do. Ordering now.

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