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message 1: by Louise (new)

Louise | 491 comments Mod
Please list 5 books that you would like to read with the group in January. We will take those with the most mentions to create a poll. Thank you.


message 3: by Cynthia (new)

Cynthia Dunn | 71 comments So it can be something that has already been read?


Bryan--The Bee’s Knees (theindefatigablebertmcguinn) | 52 comments Loving by Henry Green

Stoner by John Williams

Act of Passion by Georges Simenon

Fat City by Leonard Gardner

The Book of Ebenezer Le Page by G.B. Edwards


message 5: by Louise (new)

Louise | 491 comments Mod
Cynthia wrote: "So it can be something that has already been read?"

Yes, if you think people will want to re-read it to discuss in January.


message 6: by ColumbusReads (new)

ColumbusReads (coltrane01) | 6 comments The New York Stories of Edith Wharton - Wharton
Dirty Snow - Georges Simenon
The Expendable Man - Dorothy Hughes
Hard Rain Falling - Don Carpenter
The Strangers in the House - Simenon


message 7: by Louise (new)

Louise | 491 comments Mod
Hi Columbus! Nice to see you here too!


message 8: by ColumbusReads (new)

ColumbusReads (coltrane01) | 6 comments Louise wrote: "Hi Columbus! Nice to see you here too!"

Hi Louise! I’m just book-stalking you. Haha... great that you’re moderating. I love NYRB classics!


message 9: by Mirko (new)

Mirko | 77 comments I have made a couple of changes to my original list. The five books I'd like to read with the group:

Omar Pasha Latas by Ivo Andric
Katalin Street by Magda Szabo
Memed, My Hawk by Yashar Kemal
Dirty Snow by Georges Simenon
Butcher's Crossing by John Williams


message 10: by Kevin (new)

Kevin Adams (kadams22) | 20 comments Loving this new thread and I'll read/re-read anything. But if I'm picking 5 then...

The Book of Ebenezer Le Page - G.B. Edwards
Ice Trilogy - Vladimir Sorokin
Katalin Street - Magda Szabo
Augustus - John Williams
Testing the Current - William McPherson


message 11: by Pillsonista (new)

Pillsonista | 17 comments Great thread! My five:

The Adventures and Misadventures of Maqroll by Álvaro Mutis

The Lord Chandos Letter and Other Writings by Hugo von Hofmannsthal

Berlin Alexanderplatz by Alfred Döblin

That Awful Mess on the Via Merulana by Carlo Emilio Gadda

The Gray Notebook by Josep Pla


message 12: by Liz M (new)

Liz M | 22 comments Five short nyrb books I own that I would like to read:

Hill by Jean Giono
The Invention of Morel by Adolfo Bioy Casares
The Vet's Daughter by Barbara Comyns
Envy by Yury Olesha
Tyrant Banderas by Ramón María del Valle-Inclán


message 14: by WndyJW (last edited Dec 04, 2018 05:53PM) (new)

WndyJW | 288 comments I will second


Omer Pasha Latas: Marshal to the Sultan
Katalin Street
A View of the Harbour


I will leave mine at three to tighten up the number of books in the running and recommend that we vote on books that have been seconded.


message 15: by Louise (new)

Louise | 491 comments Mod
I'm cleaning up the other thread so I'm putting Helen's suggested 5 here:

The Land Breakers
Warlock
Kaputt
In the Heart of the Heart of the Country
Beware of Pity


message 16: by Louise (new)

Louise | 491 comments Mod
Keep your suggestions coming. So far Katalin Street has 4 nominations, and 5 other titles have 2 each. You have until Saturday Dec. 8th at 11:59pm EST to get your nominations in.


message 17: by Christopher (new)

Christopher (Donut) | 46 comments Berlin Alexanderplatz is TBR for me.
I have a copy of Kaputt.

What about Post Office Girl and The Dud Avacado?

Has everyone read these but me?


message 18: by Seana (new)

Seana | 407 comments Christopher wrote: "Berlin Alexanderplatz is TBR for me.
I have a copy of Kaputt.

What about Post Office Girl and The Dud Avacado?

Has everyone read these but me?"


Not to dissuade anyone from picking these, but Post Office Girl and The Dud Avocado have been past reads here. Both very good.

I'm happy with whatever the selection turns out to be, but of the picks so far, I am most interested in

Katalin Street
The Invention of Morel
Dirty Snow


message 19: by Louise (new)

Louise | 491 comments Mod
Post Office Girl and The Dud Avacado are on my TBR pile.


message 20: by Louise (new)

Louise | 491 comments Mod
Christopher, are you nominating these four titles?


message 21: by Louise (last edited Dec 04, 2018 08:50PM) (new)

Louise | 491 comments Mod
Seana wrote: "Not to dissuade anyone from picking these, but Post Office Girl and The Dud Avocado have been past reads here. Both very good..."

Post Office Girl was read in Jan. 2012 so 7 years ago. I'm guessing the membership has changed a bit in that time? I think if a title hasn't been discussed in the past 3 years we should be able to give it another go. I cannot find when The Dud Avocado was discussed. Some other nominated titles have been discussed in the past too, but I think if they get nominated and voted on by the majority, we should be okay to have another discussion.


message 22: by Christopher (new)

Christopher (Donut) | 46 comments Yes, and Invention of Morel is my fifth.


message 23: by Seana (new)

Seana | 407 comments Yes, I totally agree, rereads are acceptable. I don't know that I will personally reread, because I'm not much of a re-reader, but I will follow along with interest if a book I have already read is chosen. And yes, I'm not sure if I read The Dud Avocado because of this group. I thought so, but not at all sure.


message 24: by Seana (new)

Seana | 407 comments Okay, not to be a contrarian but just in the interest of clarity, here is the thread on The Dud Avocado.

https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/...


message 25: by Louise (new)

Louise | 491 comments Mod
Thanks Seana. I could not find it. You’re not being a contrarian at all :-).


message 26: by Seana (new)

Seana | 407 comments I looked it up more to see what I thought I remembered than to prove anything. I had some younger friends in the non online world who were into it and I thought that might have been the influence.


message 27: by Dan (new)

Dan Life and Fate
Collected essays of Elizabeth Hardwick


message 28: by WndyJW (new)

WndyJW | 288 comments I will second Life and Fate


message 29: by WndyJW (last edited Dec 05, 2018 06:20PM) (new)

WndyJW | 288 comments I’m a newer member and re-reader so if it’s been a while since I read any book I loved I will reread and if I read the chosen book recently I can discuss it without rereading.


message 31: by Lois (new)

Lois (literanarchy) | 113 comments I think I will wait till the poll is created and just vote rather than nominate, but interested to see what comes up :)

BTW I like the idea of the 3-year rule - I will re-read depending on time available and length of book, but don’t mind skipping the odd month while others catch up on past reads (and there are lots of past reads I missed too, so might be good to get a second chance!).


message 32: by Antonomasia (last edited Dec 06, 2018 06:14AM) (new)

Antonomasia | 44 comments I don't do a lot of group reads but would like to add to the votes for Dirty Snow. Been meaning to get round to Simenon for years and the book is short.

I'm also interested in Katalin Street but this is only being published in the UK in January 2019 so won't be as easy to get here. (Don't count this as a nomination of Katalin Street please.)

ETA I am reading The Doll at the moment so would welcome a discussion on that. It is a long book, however. (This is a nomination.)


message 33: by Kris (new)

Kris | 1 comments I second Katalin Street and The Vet’s Daughter. Also: The Slynx, Angel, and The Ten Thousand Things.

Looking forward to it!


message 34: by Helen (new)

Helen (helenfrances) Suki wrote: "I'm intetested in reading any NYRB, but I've got these on my TBR:

The Expendable Man by Dorothy B. Hughes

[book:Thus Were Their Faces: Selected Short Stories|220564..."


I am also interested in reading The Gate, it's on my TBR pile.


message 35: by Helen (new)

Helen (helenfrances) Antonomasia wrote: "I don't do a lot of group reads but would like to add to the votes for Dirty Snow. Been meaning to get round to Simenon for years and the book is short.

I'm also interested in Katali..."


I'm also in the UK. I agree, it will be hard to join in for this one should it be chosen as the first read, which would be a shame because it looks a good one.


message 36: by Brad (new)

Brad (bradlatendresse) | 2 comments Hi!

Sand - Wolfgang Herrndorf
My Dog Tulip - JR Ackerley
Katalin St - Magda Szabo
Grand Hotel - Vicki Baum
The Singapore Grip - J.G. Farrell

Looking forward to the poll.

Brad


message 37: by Brad (new)

Brad (bradlatendresse) | 2 comments Also happy to re-read anything by Henry Green, one of my favourite writers.


message 38: by Emma (last edited Dec 06, 2018 08:48AM) (new)

Emma (wordsandpeace) | 13 comments sorry, I had just listed classics I mean to read. Now these are NYRB:
Fatale, by Manchette
A Balcony in the Forest, by Gracq
Act of Passion, by Simenon
Confusion, by Zweig
The Gate, by Soseki


message 39: by NancyKay (new)

NancyKay | 1 comments Kempowski, All for Nothing

Book of Ebenezer le Page

Summer Will Show by Sylvia Townsend Warner


message 40: by Rachel (new)

Rachel | 1 comments Katalin Street (Szabo)
The Dud Avocado (I haven't read it either)
The Slaves of Solitude (Hamilton)
The Green Man (Amis)
A Game of Hide and Seek (Taylor)


message 41: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl | 127 comments I'll second The New York Stories of Edith Wharton.

I will mention two that I own and haven't read yet, but I doubt these will result in enthusiasm as they are nonfiction and long.

Memoirs by Lorenzo Da Ponte
The Crisis of the Negro Intellectual: A Historical Analysis of the Failure of Black Leadership


message 42: by Cynthia (new)

Cynthia Dunn | 71 comments A Month in the Country
Beware of Pity
Berlin Alexanderplatz
The Go-Between
The Book of Ebenezer Le Page


message 44: by Aarti (new)

Aarti (aartichapati) | 1 comments How exciting!

Of those already nominated, I add my vote for:
- The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne
- Memed, My Hawk
- The Post Office Girl

Not sure it is worth adding more at this point, but I also have these unread on my shelf and would love the impetus to read them:
- Miami and the Siege of Chicago
- Sheppard Lee


message 45: by Louise (last edited Dec 08, 2018 05:37PM) (new)

Louise | 491 comments Mod
Just a few hours left to get your nominations in, not that we need anymore, lol. 73 titles have been nominated so far! I will be creating the poll at midnight tonight (EST).


message 46: by Jeff (new)

Jeff | 27 comments Just found this group (thanks Seana!) so I figured I may as well slip under the wire and list the NYRB books that I own but haven't yet read.

Witch Grass by Raymond Queneau
Summer Will Show by Sylvia Townsend Warner
The One-Straw Revolution by Masanobu Fukuoka
The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim


message 47: by Louise (new)

Louise | 491 comments Mod
Welcome to the group Jeff! I will gladly add your nominations.


message 48: by Seana (new)

Seana | 407 comments Great, Jeff and Louise. And if they don't get picked this time, there will be other chances.


message 49: by Louise (new)

Louise | 491 comments Mod
Nominations are closed and the poll is open! Please vote for the book you want to read and discuss in January.

I want to thank everyone who took the time to submit nominations. We had 76 different nominated books!!!! 23 books had two nominations each. 7 books had 3 or more and those 7 books have been included in the poll. Go check it out!


message 50: by Jason (new)

Jason (uberzensch) | 83 comments Thanks, Louise, for tracking nominations and setting setting up the poll!


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