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message 1: by Susan (new)

Susan | 9304 comments Mod
Do you want to read a forthcoming book, an old favourite or some poetry? Do you feel the book is too expensive/new to nominate as a monthly read, or would you like to tackle a whole series/author's work from the beginning and read it, all the way through, with some company? This is the place to be.

Suggest a book, poem, biography or pre-order, and see whether anyone would like to read along with you.


message 2: by Susan (new)

Susan | 9304 comments Mod
As the group is off to such a flying start, we thought it might be a nice idea to have a buddy read for next month. So, in November, if anyone would like to join in, we are planning to readThe Loved One The Loved One by Evelyn Waugh

This novella length (127 page) read is a great introduction to the writing of Evelyn Waugh.

Synopsis: Following the death of a friend, British poet and pets' mortician Dennis Barlow finds himself entering the artificial Hollywood paradise of the Whispering Glades Memorial Park. Within its golden gates, death, American-style, is wrapped up and sold like a package holiday. There, Dennis enters the fragile and bizarre world of Aimée, the naïve Californian corpse beautician, and Mr Joyboy, the master of the embalmer's art...

A dark and savage satire on the Anglo-American cultural divide, The Loved One depicts a world where love, reputation and death cost a very great deal.

The thread for The Loved One will open in November. We hope lots of you join in and, even if you don't get the chance to read along, then come and join in the discussion anyway!


message 3: by BrokenTune (new)

BrokenTune | 4 comments I'm in, but can't make any promises as my experiences with Waugh have been rather mixed. I should have managed to collect this one from the library for a timely start.


message 4: by Susan (new)

Susan | 9304 comments Mod
Fair enough, BrokenTune. I am a huge Waugh enthusiast, so will hope you enjoy this one.


message 5: by Susan (new)

Susan | 9304 comments Mod
There has been some discussion on the Elizabeth Bowen thread about having a buddy read by her after the Waugh novel. If you are interested, head over there and air your opinions!


message 6: by Susan (new)

Susan | 9304 comments Mod
We are thinking of a short buddy read in December - Rain, which was W. Somerset Maugham's most successful short story. It is available as a kindle single. If anyone would like to join in, you are very welcome.


message 7: by Pages (new)

Pages | 112 comments I’ll join in- I just bought Rain.


message 8: by Marcus (new)

Marcus Vinicius | 67 comments I'm in. I'll buy the kindle version.


message 9: by Susan (new)

Susan | 9304 comments Mod
Excellent news - we also just announced our first Moderator's Choice book title, so there is lots to choose from, and to look forward to, already :)


message 10: by Susan (new)

Susan | 9304 comments Mod
Just to let you know that we have some very exciting Buddy Reads coming up.

November: The Loved One by Evelyn Waugh (our current read)
December: Rain by W. Somerset Maugham Rain by W. Somerset Maugham

From 2018, we will be starting our Buddy Reads mid-month, so we can all organise our reading a little better - otherwise all our reads start on the first of the month. I am excited to announce that our first Buddy Read for 2018 will start in mid-January and it will be:

A World of Love: Elizabeth Bowen A World of Love (Vintage Classics) by Elizabeth Bowen

This was suggested by Roman Clodia and I will set up the discussion threads for both Rain and A World of Love nearer the time of the discussion.


message 11: by Marcus (new)

Marcus Vinicius | 67 comments Ok Susan. I think I will join. Didn't read anything by Elizabeth Bowen.


message 12: by Susan (new)

Susan | 9304 comments Mod
Good news, Marcus. I am just making sure we all have plenty of time to get the books we want to join in with :)


message 13: by Susan (new)

Susan | 9304 comments Mod
I would like to propose a possible Muriel Spark Buddy Read in February. If anyone is interested, then please head over to the Muriel Spark thread and let's throw some titles about...


message 14: by Marcus (new)

Marcus Vinicius | 67 comments It seems that Elizabeth Bowen book is not available as an ebook. I'll try to buy an used copy.


message 15: by Susan (new)

Susan | 9304 comments Mod
Sorry to hear that, Marcus. It is available in the UK in kindle, but I can't tell if it is available in other countries.


message 16: by Susan (new)

Susan | 9304 comments Mod
Just a quick note to say that we are trying to decide on a Muriel Spark novel to read as a Buddy Read in February. So far, nominations and votes are as follows:

A Far Cry from Kensington: 1 vote
Aiding and Abetting: 2 votes
The Abbess of Crewe: 0 votes
The Mandelbaum Gate: 1 vote

If you have a favourite from the above list, or would like to join the discussion, head over to the Muriel Spark thread.


message 17: by Marcus (new)

Marcus Vinicius | 67 comments I don’t know the Author, so I’ll stick with the group choice.


message 18: by Susan (new)

Susan | 9304 comments Mod
At the moment, A Far Cry From Kensington is the winner in the Muriel Spark mini vote. Please do have a look at the thread if you wish to say which book you want to read in February.


message 19: by Susan (new)

Susan | 9304 comments Mod
A Far Cry from Kensington has won our mini Muriel Spark vote for our next buddy read. Remember that, once we reach January, Buddy reads will open mid-month, so not all our discussions happen at once and to help us to plan our reading. Our growing list of books now looks like this:

December 2107

The People's Songs: The Story of Modern Britain in 50 Records by Stuart Maconie (Mod read)
Rain by W. Somerset Maugham (Buddy read)

January 2018

Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf (Group read)
The End of the Affair by Graham Greene (Mod read)
A World of Love by Elizabeth Bowen (Buddy read)

February 2018

A Far Cry from Kensington by Muriel Spark (Buddy read)
Thank you to Pamela for the suggestion.

Once it is December, I will be thinking ahead for our March Buddy Read. If anyone wants to set up a buddy read, or suggest a particular author, then this is the place to do so.


message 20: by Susan (new)

Susan | 9304 comments Mod
Stefan Zweig Stefan Zweig has been suggested as our next buddy read. If anyone is interested in joining the discussion over which book title we should choose, then head to the Stefan Zweig thread.


message 21: by Roman Clodia (new)

Roman Clodia | 4397 comments Mod
Would anyone be interested in a buddy read of Hermione Lee's biography Virginia Woolf?


message 22: by Susan (new)

Susan | 9304 comments Mod
That would be interesting, RC. I am a bit over whelmed at the moment, but would certainly join in if I could.


message 23: by Judy (new)

Judy (wwwgoodreadscomprofilejudyg) | 4376 comments Mod
I read this some years back and remember it was good. I don't think I'd want to reread the same biography, but maybe I could read a different one and chip in?


message 24: by Susan (new)

Susan | 9304 comments Mod
It is 900 pages, so fairly long, even by my standards! Not that I don't enjoy a long book, but I would have to clear the decks a bit in order to tackle it and we'd need to work out some kind of reading schedule.

I have only read a book about Virginia and her sister, Vanessa. A kind of joint biography, but it wasn't that long - or not that I remember. I can see the Hermione Lee book has excellent reviews. Have you read it before, RC?


message 25: by Susan (new)

Susan | 9304 comments Mod
Virginia Woolf and Vanessa Bell Virginia Woolf and Vanessa Bell by Jane Dunn was the title I read. Author, Jane Dunn, also did an interesting book Daphne du Maurier and her Sisters The Hidden Lives of Piffy, Bird and Bing by Jane Dunn ,so perhaps she has a sister thing going on...


message 26: by Susan (new)

Susan | 9304 comments Mod
Reviews of the Hermione Lee biography are very impressive, RC. I am happy to join in (I know I have too much to read already, but I am too tempted!). Let me know how/when you propose to start it.


message 27: by Susan (new)

Susan | 9304 comments Mod
A Stefan Zweig book has been suggested as a future buddy read and there is a little mini poll running at the moment to choose a title. If you are interested, do please vote.


message 28: by Roman Clodia (new)

Roman Clodia | 4397 comments Mod
Sorry for the delay... busy! Susan, no, I haven't read the Hermione Lee biog of Woolf but have had it sitting on my shelf for ages (years!) so a buddy read would give me the impetus to tackle it.

Judy, I like your idea of you reading a different biog and comparing notes as we go along - there are many!

Let's leave it till after we've read Mrs Dalloway - as you say, it's 900pp. and looks quite dense (lovely!) so we could maybe take it relatively slowly over two months? Feb-March, perhaps?


message 29: by Susan (new)

Susan | 9304 comments Mod
Sounds good to me. It will depend on how much other reading I have to do I expect - I normally have about 7 books per month just for reading groups, plus reviews.

Looking at the biography, there are 40 chapters, which are, presumably fairly long. We could read 4 chapters a week for ten weeks, which would be manageable. What do you think? Otherwise, it could be 5 chapters a week for 2 months. However, although I work part time, I do 2 full days a week, and on those days, my reading time is much less, so I would prefer the former option.


message 30: by Roman Clodia (new)

Roman Clodia | 4397 comments Mod
Yes, 4 chapters a week sounds good to me and we can always see how it goes and adjust if necessary - I don't want it to feel like hard work!


message 31: by Susan (new)

Susan | 9304 comments Mod
No, exactly. Long books are to be savoured, aren't they? I can already feel this will be my bedtime read!


message 32: by Roman Clodia (new)

Roman Clodia | 4397 comments Mod
Definitely savoured; I've got the massive paperback so bed-time reading will involve some juggling!


message 33: by Susan (new)

Susan | 9304 comments Mod
I saw the page count and opted for kindle :)


message 34: by Susan (new)

Susan | 9304 comments Mod
We should post this in the main discussion thread too, in case anyone else wants to join in.


message 35: by Roman Clodia (new)

Roman Clodia | 4397 comments Mod
Yes, for sure - oh, I see you just have... how efficient!


message 36: by Susan (new)

Susan | 9304 comments Mod
I try my best, RC :) Actually, I was thinking of another LONG book I would love to re-read and that is The Magic Mountain, which I read years and years ago.

I think you and I had also spoken of The World Broke in Two: Virginia Woolf, T. S. Eliot, D. H. Lawrence, E. M. Forster and the Year that Changed Literature The World Broke in Two Virginia Woolf, T. S. Eliot, D. H. Lawrence, E. M. Forster and the Year that Changed Literature by Bill Goldstein as a possible future buddy read on BYT's.


message 37: by Roman Clodia (new)

Roman Clodia | 4397 comments Mod
The World Broke STILL not in any of my libraries... hopefully it will arrive soon but you might need to go ahead without me :((

Magic Mountain: I read this at uni, got nothing from it, but feel it might be a different experience now so yes, would be in for that one. And it's sitting ready on the bookshelf.


message 38: by Susan (new)

Susan | 9304 comments Mod
Oh, lovely long reads ahead! Good to hear, RC. Good company improves a book, I always feel :)


message 39: by Roman Clodia (new)

Roman Clodia | 4397 comments Mod
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message 40: by Jan C (new)

Jan C (woeisme) | 1078 comments I did get World Broke but haven't really gotten into it yet.


message 41: by Marcus (new)

Marcus Vinicius | 67 comments Please post here the schedule of these buddy reads. I’m considering to read the Virginia Wolf biography. I’m pondering my somehow ambitious reading assignments in order to decide.


message 42: by Susan (last edited Nov 23, 2017 12:34PM) (new)

Susan | 9304 comments Mod
Can do, Marcus. So, so far we have:

November: The Loved One by Evelyn Waugh (our current read)

December: Rain by W. Somerset Maugham

From 2018, we will be starting our Buddy Reads mid-month, so we can all organise our reading a little better - otherwise all our reads start on the first of the month. I am excited to announce that our first Buddy Read for 2018 will start in mid-January and it will be:

A World of Love: Elizabeth Bowen A World of Love

In February we have a proposed Stefan Zweig Stefan Zweig read - the title to be decided upon.

Also, in February (this is a long book and so for anyone wishing to join in, this will start on the week beginning 29th January, with a proposed reading schedule of 4 chapters each week): Virginia Woolf Virginia Woolf by Hermione Lee


message 43: by Susan (new)

Susan | 9304 comments Mod
This reading schedule is ambitious, Marcus, but I'm looking forward to it.


message 44: by Marcus (new)

Marcus Vinicius | 67 comments This reading schedule is ambitious and well-founded, Susan.


message 45: by Susan (new)

Susan | 9304 comments Mod
Hope you can join in with some of the reads, Marcus.


message 46: by Marcus (new)

Marcus Vinicius | 67 comments I will. I finished Rain and will read Stefan Zweig.


message 47: by Susan (new)

Susan | 9304 comments Mod
Great, I will probably read Rain this weekend.


message 48: by Judy (new)

Judy (wwwgoodreadscomprofilejudyg) | 4376 comments Mod
A lot of goodies coming up. I'll be reading Rain soon too, looking forward to it.


message 49: by Nigeyb (new)

Nigeyb | 8760 comments Mod
The Collected Novellas of Stefan Zweig will be our buddy read in March 2018 having won our mini-poll of the last few days to determine a selection...

The Collected Novellas of Stefan Zweig 4 votes, 44.4%
Beware of Pity 3 votes, 33.3%
The Post-Office Girl 2 votes, 22.2%
The World of Yesterday 0 votes, 0.0%


The Collected Novellas of Stefan Zweig includes Burning Secret, Chess Story, Fear, Confusion, and Journey into the Past

A casual introduction, a challenge to a simple game of chess, a lovers' reunion, a meaningless infidelity: from such small seeds Zweig brings forth five startlingly tense tales-meditations on the fragility of love, the limits of obsession, the combustibility of secrets and betrayal.

An eminently manageable 384 pages

Antonia Fraser in the New Statesman on her favourite books of 2017....

The Collected Novellas of Stefan Zweig (Pushkin Press), which I had never read despite a long and ardent admiration of Zweig, includes Burning Secret, about a boy and childish passion, which wrings the heart.




message 50: by Susan (last edited Nov 23, 2017 11:45PM) (new)

Susan | 9304 comments Mod
Thanks, Nigeyb. That makes our updated Buddy Read list:

November: The Loved One by Evelyn Waugh (our current read)

December: Rain Rain by W. Somerset Maugham by W. Somerset Maugham

From 2018, we will be starting our Buddy Reads mid-month, so we can all organise our reading a little better - otherwise all our reads start on the first of the month. I am excited to announce that our first Buddy Read for 2018 will start in mid-January and it will be:

A World of Love: Elizabeth Bowen A World of Love A World of Love (Vintage Classics) by Elizabeth Bowen

In February we have The Collected Novellas of Stefan Zweig The Collected Novellas of Stefan Zweig by Stefan Zweig

Also, in February (this is a long book and so for anyone wishing to join in, this will start on the week beginning 29th January, with a proposed reading schedule of 4 chapters each week): Virginia Woolf Virginia Woolf by Hermione Lee Virginia Woolf by Hermione Lee


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