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Tami | 3103 comments Mod
For September we are going to have a category 1 anything goes book and our category 2 is "Classics".

-Only one nomination per person and you must choose one category. If all 12 spots in one category are not filled by August 10th, you can nominate a book for the other category.

-Please specify which category you are nominating for. (Cat 1 or Cat 2) Your post should look something like this:

Category 1: "This Book" by An Author

- Please make sure you have the book and author in your nomination

- Add a blurb of some sort to let us know what the book will be like.

-We will be taking the first 12 nominations for each category or we will close nominations on August 20th if not all categories are filled.

-Voting will begin soon after nominations are done and will be open for a week or so.

- If your book wins, please let us know whether or not you would like to lead the book discussion. It is not required by any means that you lead it.

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Kayla Hutchinson (kaylahutchinson) Category 1: Horns by Joe Hill
by Joe Hill

"At first Ig thought the horns were a hallucination, the product of a mind damaged by rage and grief. He had spent the last year in a lonely, private purgatory, following the death of his beloved, Merrin Williams, who was raped and murdered under inexplicable circumstances. A mental breakdown would have been the most natural thing in the world. But there was nothing natural about the horns, which were all too real."

Daniel Radcliffe plays Ig in the new movie!!!

message 3: by Tami (new)

Tami | 3103 comments Mod
I like the other Joe Hill books I have read!

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Kate | 13 comments Category 1: The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

Sussex, England. A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. Although the house he lived in is long gone, he is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock, and her mother and grandmother. He hasn't thought of Lettie in decades, and yet as he sits by the pond (a pond that she'd claimed was an ocean) behind the ramshackle old farmhouse, the unremembered past comes flooding back. And it is a past too strange, too frightening, too dangerous to have happened to anyone, let alone a small boy.

Forty years earlier, a man committed suicide in a stolen car at this farm at the end of the road. Like a fuse on a firework, his death lit a touchpaper and resonated in unimaginable ways. The darkness was unleashed, something scary and thoroughly incomprehensible to a little boy. And Lettie—magical, comforting, wise beyond her years—promised to protect him, no matter what.

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Jasmine (pikakejazz) Category 2: Les Misérables by Victor Hugo Les Misérables by Victor Hugo

Introducing one of the most famous characters in literature, Jean Valjean-the noble peasant imprisoned for stealing a loaf of bread-Les Misérables (1862) ranks among the greatest novels of all time. In it Victor Hugo takes readers deep into the Parisian underworld, immerses them in a battle between good & evil, & carries them onto the barricades during the uprising of 1832 with a breathtaking realism unsurpassed in modern prose.

Within his dramatic story are themes that capture the intellect & the emotions: crime & punishment, the relentless persecution of Valjean by Inspector Javert, the desperation of the prostitute Fantine, the amorality of the rogue Thénardier & the universal desire to escape the prisons of our own minds. Les Misérables gave Hugo a canvas upon which he portrayed his criticism of the French political & judicial systems, but the portrait which resulted is larger than life, epic in scope-an extravagant spectacle that dazzles the senses as it touches the heart.

message 6: by Tami (new)

Tami | 3103 comments Mod
any last minute nominations? I will be posting the polls tomorrow.

message 7: by Jasmine (new)

Jasmine (pikakejazz) Category 1: The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman

After four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia and takes a job as the lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, nearly half a day’s journey from the coast. To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes once a season and shore leaves are granted every other year at best, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel. Years later, after two miscarriages and one stillbirth, the grieving Isabel hears a baby’s cries on the wind. A boat has washed up onshore carrying a dead man and a living baby.

Tom, whose records as a lighthouse keeper are meticulous and whose moral principles have withstood a horrific war, wants to report the man and infant immediately. But Isabel has taken the tiny baby to her breast. Against Tom’s judgment, they claim her as their own and name her Lucy. When she is two, Tom and Isabel return to the mainland and are reminded that there are other people in the world. Their choice has devastated one of them.

M. L. Stedman’s mesmerizing, beautifully written novel seduces us into accommodating Isabel’s decision to keep this “gift from God.” And we are swept into a story about extraordinarily compelling characters seeking to find their North Star in a world where there is no right answer, where justice for one person is another’s tragic loss.

message 8: by Jasmine (new)

Jasmine (pikakejazz) Sorry for the overposts, but just because no one else is suggesting Classics:

Category 2: The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
When The Fountainhead was first published, Ayn Rand''s daringly original literary vision and her groundbreaking philosophy, Objectivism, won immediate worldwide interest and acclaim. This instant classic is the story of an intransigent young architect, his violent battle against conventional standards, and his explosive love affair with a beautiful woman who struggles to defeat him. This edition contains a special afterword by Rand's literary executor, Leonard Peikoff, which includes excerpts from Ayn Rand's own notes on the making of The Fountainhead. As fresh today as it was then, here is a novel about a hero-and about those who try to destroy him.

message 9: by Tami (new)

Tami | 3103 comments Mod
polls are up.

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