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message 1: by Alannah (new)

Alannah Clarke (alannahclarke) | 11960 comments Mod
Hello everyone, I would like to try going back to the original of picking out our group reads, starting with our first classic group read in 2019.


message 2: by Alannah (new)

Alannah Clarke (alannahclarke) | 11960 comments Mod
It's time once again to nominate your choices for our group classics read, this time for January and February. For convenience, we at AAB are defining a 'classic' as a book that was first published 50 or more years ago, i.e. first published in 1968 or earlier.

Nominations will be run for 10 days and will close late on December 16th. (10pm UK time) The poll will then run for a week from the 17th December until the 24th December.

During this time anybody can either nominate or second a book. The 6 books with the most second votes at the end of the 5 day nomination period will go into the poll. Each person can either nominate one book or second one book. There are no limits to the number of seconds a book can receive.

Please only nominate, second or vote for a book you will read with the group if it should win. Please also check that your chosen nomination hasn't been a group read in the past. You can do this by looking at the group bookshelf or browsing through the Group Fiction folder.

If you have any questions on the nominations process please post here, use the 'Ask the Moderators' thread or contact one of the moderators and we will be happy to help


message 3: by Alannah (new)

Alannah Clarke (alannahclarke) | 11960 comments Mod
For the first group read, there are no categories, just pick what you enjoy or would be interested to read.


message 4: by John of Canada (new)

John of Canada (johnofcanada) | 280 comments How about Lolita by Nabokov.


message 5: by Alannah (new)

Alannah Clarke (alannahclarke) | 11960 comments Mod
I would be interested in that John. I second Lolita, so that will go to the poll.


message 6: by John of Canada (new)

John of Canada (johnofcanada) | 280 comments Thanks!


message 7: by Petra (new)

Petra | 3259 comments I'll nominate The Birds Fall Down by Rebecca West (published in 1966).


message 8: by Sháy (new)

Sháy The Obscure Bookworm (obscurebookworm) | 5 comments I also would like to vote for Lolita :)


message 9: by Harold (new)

Harold Norman | 21 comments How about A Farewell to Arms definitely a classic.


message 10: by Nancy (new)

Nancy (nancyhamer) | 252 comments I nominate Tai-Pan (Asian Saga, #2) by James Clavell (1966) by James Clavell


message 11: by Ashwin (new)

Ashwin (shelf_amused) | 4 comments I nominate Anna Karenina by Tolstoy.


message 12: by Chrissie (new)

Chrissie Good recommendations here, but I do not want to reread what I have already read. I would like to nominate Anna of the Five Towns because I have not read anything by Arnold Bennett. To be honest, I cannot imagine it being better than Lolita though.........


message 13: by Marina (new)

Marina (sonnenbarke) I'd like to nominate Lady Audley's Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon.


message 14: by LauraT (new)

LauraT (laurata) | 13415 comments Mod
Marina (Sonnenbarke) wrote: "I'd like to nominate Lady Audley's Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon."

That's a lovely one!


message 15: by Alannah (new)

Alannah Clarke (alannahclarke) | 11960 comments Mod
Thanks for your brilliant suggestions so far everyone. I have made a quick note of all the nominations so far. So far, only one has gone into the poll so we will need to wait for some more seconds for more books to go through.


message 16: by Luci (new)

Luci (luciskydyme) | 15 comments I'll second A Farewell to Arms first published in 1929


message 17: by Alannah (new)

Alannah Clarke (alannahclarke) | 11960 comments Mod
Luci wrote: "I'll second A Farewell to Arms first published in 1929"

No problem Luci, it's in the poll.


message 18: by David (new)

David | 126 comments I like all the choices.
Rebecca West is a personal favorite author so I will second “Birds Fall Down”


message 19: by Alannah (new)

Alannah Clarke (alannahclarke) | 11960 comments Mod
David wrote: "I like all the choices.
Rebecca West is a personal favorite author so I will second “Birds Fall Down”"


No problem David.


message 20: by Alannah (new)

Alannah Clarke (alannahclarke) | 11960 comments Mod
So far we have three books going to poll, they are:

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
The Birds Fall Down by Rebecca West

Three more open slots, who's going to get them?


message 21: by Petra (new)

Petra | 3259 comments Chrissie wrote: "Good recommendations here, but I do not want to reread what I have already read. I would like to nominate Anna of the Five Towns because I have not read anything by Arnold Benne..."</i>

Chrissie, [book:Anna of the Five Towns
sounds wonderful. I am adding it to my TBR list.



message 22: by Bridget (new)

Bridget Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann. First published 1966 :)


message 23: by John of Canada (new)

John of Canada (johnofcanada) | 280 comments I will second Anna of the Five Towns.


message 24: by Chrissie (new)

Chrissie Petra, doesn't it look good?!

Thanks, John.


message 25: by Petra (last edited Dec 08, 2018 03:23PM) (new)

Petra | 3259 comments Yes, thanks, John!

Chrissie, it really does look good.


message 26: by Ruth (new)

Ruth | 700 comments I will second Anna Karenina.


message 27: by Chrissie (new)

Chrissie Petra, please second Anna of the Five Towns, It seems only those with lots of seconds go to the poll.

I have to tell, Diane, I know she wants to read this. She nominated it in another group!


message 28: by Alannah (new)

Alannah Clarke (alannahclarke) | 11960 comments Mod
Petra wrote: "Yes, thanks, John!

Chrissie, it really does look good."


Petra, would you like to second the book? If you do so, it will be guaranteed a place in the poll.


message 29: by Diane S ☔ (new)

Diane S ☔ I would like to second Anna of the Five Towns


message 30: by Alannah (new)

Alannah Clarke (alannahclarke) | 11960 comments Mod
Thank you Diane.


message 31: by Petra (new)

Petra | 3259 comments I can't second it. I nominated a book that has been seconded, so can't change it.
I do have my fingers crossed that it makes it into the poll.


message 32: by Chrissie (last edited Dec 09, 2018 09:00AM) (new)

Chrissie Alannah and Petra, I understand. Now that Diane seconded it does it get to the poll?


message 33: by Alannah (last edited Dec 09, 2018 03:29PM) (new)

Alannah Clarke (alannahclarke) | 11960 comments Mod
Chrissie wrote: "Alannah and Petra, I understand. Now that Diane seconded it does it get to the poll?"

It will as it's been seconded twice.


message 34: by Alannah (new)

Alannah Clarke (alannahclarke) | 11960 comments Mod
Books going to the poll so far:

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
Anna of the Five Towns by Arnold Bennett
The Birds Fall Down by Rebecca West
A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
Anna Kariênina by Leo Tolstoy

One more book.


message 35: by Chrissie (new)

Chrissie Alannah wrote: "Chrissie wrote: "Alannah and Petra, I understand. Now that Diane seconded it does it get to the poll?"

It will as it's been seconded twice."


Thanks. I really do want to read it, but I can also read it myself.


message 36: by Chrissie (new)

Chrissie I have read all of these except Bennett's. I know which one so far I like best........but I am not into rereading books no matter how good thy are!

I hope people vote for Anna of the Five Towns!


message 37: by Margaret (new)

Margaret | 10 comments How about The Illustrated Man
by Ray Bradbury (1951)


message 38: by Janice (JG) (new)

Janice (JG) | 315 comments Margaret wrote: "How about The Illustrated Man
by Ray Bradbury (1951)"


I second The Illustrated Man.


message 39: by Alannah (new)

Alannah Clarke (alannahclarke) | 11960 comments Mod
Chrissie wrote: "Alannah wrote: "Chrissie wrote: "Alannah and Petra, I understand. Now that Diane seconded it does it get to the poll?"

It will as it's been seconded twice."

Thanks. I really do want to read it, b..."


If it doesn't win, how about setting up a readalong? I would be interested in joining.


message 40: by Alannah (new)

Alannah Clarke (alannahclarke) | 11960 comments Mod
Janice (JG) wrote: "Margaret wrote: "How about The Illustrated Man
by Ray Bradbury (1951)"

I second The Illustrated Man."


No problem, that's the final book in the poll.


message 41: by Alannah (new)

Alannah Clarke (alannahclarke) | 11960 comments Mod
The poll so far is,

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
x2 seconds
Anna of the Five Towns by Arnold Bennett
x2 seconds
The Birds Fall Down by Rebecca West
x1 second
A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
x1 second
Anna Kariênina by Leo Tolstoy
x1 second
The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury
x1 second

So far these are the books that are going to the poll. There is still time to knock one out with another book provided more than one person seconds that choice.


message 42: by Chrissie (last edited Dec 11, 2018 08:52AM) (new)

Chrissie Let's see what happens first, and let's see when reading it fits Diane. Also , since I read just one book at a time and read a lot, I go through a book quickly, making me a lousy buddy companion.


message 43: by Alannah (new)

Alannah Clarke (alannahclarke) | 11960 comments Mod
I get what you mean, Chrissie. I am like that as well. Well, there is always the option to nominate it again if it doesn't win.


message 44: by Margaret (new)

Margaret | 10 comments Cool! Some good books on that list.


message 45: by Alannah (new)

Alannah Clarke (alannahclarke) | 11960 comments Mod
Setting up the poll now.


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