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message 1: by NancyJ, Moderator (last edited Dec 27, 2018 10:25PM) (new)

NancyJ (nancyjjj) | 1835 comments Mod
Update Dec 27 PM: The Nomination period for the February book is closing soon: Deadline Dec 28 3pm EST. The most popular books will go into a poll. If you change or add to your nominations list - Pleas mark it with a big 'EDIT" so I see it.

The preliminary tally is at the bottom of this thread. 25+ books were nominated.


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Please nominate Great American Read books that you would like to read in February. This book must be on the GAR list, or a sequel to a GAR series book, and should be relatively short (definitely shorter than 800 pages).
The GAR list:
https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/...

I'll leave this thread open for at least 10 days, so come back after xmas if you don't have time now.

You can list up to 5 books. We are looking for the books that are mentioned by the most people. Indicate your #1 choice (which may get an extra point if needed to identify the top choices). If there is a very clear winner, we may skip a poll, otherwise, the top 3-5 will go into a poll.

If participation is much lower on one nomination thread compared to the other, we may delay one of the reads.


message 2: by NancyJ, Moderator (last edited Dec 17, 2018 09:46PM) (new)

NancyJ (nancyjjj) | 1835 comments Mod
My February preferences from the GAR list are:

1. Where the Red Fern Grows, 272 pages
2. The Book Thief, 552 pages
3. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, 244 pages
4.
5.


Linda Abhors the New GR Design | 915 comments 1. Rebecca
2. White Teeth
3. The Sun Also Rises
4. The Curious Incident
5. Ghost


message 4: by Kamilah (new)

Kamilah (kmp113) 1. Rebecca
2. The Great Gatsby
3. The Color Purple
4. The Hunger Games
5. The Notebook


message 5: by Charley Girl (new)

Charley Girl (charleygirl9) | 24 comments 1. Alex Cross Mysteries Along Came a Spider This is the first one.
2. The Godfather
3. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
4. The Giver
5.A Game of Thrones


message 6: by J., Your Obedient Servant (new)

J. (jammons42) | 510 comments Mod
1. Bless Me, Ultima 290 pages
2. Rebecca 449 pages
3. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer 244 pages
4. The Godfather 448 pages
5. The Eye of the World 814 pages


message 7: by Mandy (new)

Mandy | 41 comments #1 The Adventures of Tom Sawyer


Linda Abhors the New GR Design | 915 comments J. wrote: "1. Bless Me, Ultima 290 pages
2. Rebecca 449 pages
3. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer 244 pages
4. The Godfather 448 pages
5. [book:The Eye of th..."


"The Eve of the World"? Part of a series?


message 9: by J., Your Obedient Servant (new)

J. (jammons42) | 510 comments Mod
Linda Abhors the New GR Design wrote: "J. wrote: "1. Bless Me, Ultima 290 pages
2. Rebecca 449 pages
3. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer 244 pages
4. The Godfather 448 pages
5. [book:Th..."


Yes! The first book in the Wheel of Time series.


message 10: by Gretchen (new)

Gretchen Rebecca
The Great Gatsby


message 11: by Codie (new)

Codie | 61 comments 1. Adventures of Tom Sawyer
2. Sun Also Rises
3. Great Gatsby


message 12: by Kimberly (new)

Kimberly | 33 comments - [ ] Looking for Alaska 1
- [ ] The Lovely Bones 2
- [ ] The Shack 3
- [ ] Ghost 4


message 13: by Terri (new)

Terri 1. White Teeth
2. The Outsiders
3. Things Fall Apart
4. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
5. Americanah


message 14: by Pillsonista (last edited Dec 21, 2018 12:12PM) (new)

Pillsonista | 9 comments 1. Moby-Dick, or the Whale by Herman Melville
2. The Great Gatsby by Fitzgerald or Invisible Man by Ralph Waldo Ellison
3. The Adventures of Augie March by Saul Bellow


(Just anything but that god awful, atrocious Color Purple... I'd rather endure Chinese water torture than have to read that appalling, offensive mess again)


message 15: by Kamilah (new)

Kamilah (kmp113) Pillsonista wrote: "1. Moby-Dick, or the Whale by Herman Melville
2. The Great Gatsby by Fitzgerald or Invisible Man by Ralph Waldo Ellison
3. The Adventures of Augie March by Saul Bellow


(Just anything but that god..."


It's part of PBS's "Great American Reads" list and I've never read it. If it gets picked and/or I get a chance to read it, would love to compare notes.


message 16: by NancyJ, Moderator (last edited Dec 22, 2018 01:24AM) (new)

NancyJ (nancyjjj) | 1835 comments Mod
Pillsonista wrote: "1. Moby-Dick, or the Whale by Herman Melville
2. The Great Gatsby by Fitzgerald or Invisible Man by Ralph Waldo Ellison
3. The Adventures of Augie March by Saul Bellow
.."


Your #3 choice is not on the Great American Read list, but we can count Invisible Man as your third choice.

Sorry you didn't like The Color Purple. It's sad to know some of those things actually happen to people. I really loved her writing though.


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QueenAmidala28 1. Americanah-Chimamanda Nogzi Adichie
2. Little Women
3. Heart of Darkness - Conrad
4. White Teeth
5. Sidhartha

I would love to read something that wasnt on the general public's "high school" reading list or on a bestseller list in the past 10 years . Please!


message 18: by QueenAmidala28 (new)

QueenAmidala28 Interesting take on The Color Purple. I would like to read a book that didn't have heavy incest or rape scenes so I feel you on that part. However I do encourage you to keep reading outside your comfort zone and explore different regions/genres. Happy reading!

Pillsonista wrote: "1. Moby-Dick, or the Whale by Herman Melville
2. The Great Gatsby by Fitzgerald or Invisible Man by Ralph Waldo Ellison
3. The Adventures of Augie March by Saul Bellow


(Just anything but that god..."



message 19: by NancyJ, Moderator (last edited Dec 22, 2018 01:44AM) (new)

NancyJ (nancyjjj) | 1835 comments Mod
QueenAmidala28 wrote: "1. Americanah-Chimamanda Nogzi Adichie
2. Little Women
3. Heart of Darkness - Conrad
4. White Teeth
5. Sidhartha

I would love to read something that wasnt on the general public's "high school" rea..."


I know what you mean! There are many that will qualify on this list! It's apparent though that many of the people in the original survey didn't read much after high school. Or they didn't read anything better than they read in high school.

The bad news is that most of your nominations won't work for February. The good news is that two of your nominations were already voted on for January. We'll be reading Little Women and Heart of Darkness in January, so you can pick them up soon. In January and February we're also reading Pillars of the Earth, which I highly recommend.

We already read Siddhartha and Americanah in August/September, and it's too soon to read them again. However we have many new members so I think we can revisit books after six month if enough people are interested. Look for the bookshelf in the upper right of the screen to see what other books we've read. Welcome to the group!


message 20: by NancyJ, Moderator (new)

NancyJ (nancyjjj) | 1835 comments Mod
Terri wrote: "1. White Teeth
2. The Outsiders
3. Things Fall Apart
4. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
5. Americanah"


Hi Terry, We already read Americanah in September, but all your other nominations will work.


Linda Abhors the New GR Design | 915 comments NancyJ wrote: "QueenAmidala28 wrote: "1. Americanah-Chimamanda Nogzi Adichie
2. Little Women
3. Heart of Darkness - Conrad
4. White Teeth
5. Sidhartha

I would love to read something that wasnt on the general pub..."

But White Teeth gets her vote, and we haven't done that one yet. :D


message 22: by Codie (new)

Codie | 61 comments Isn’t Moby Dick lengthy? Last night I caught Warrior on TV. A movie about two brothers (Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton) fighting in a mixed martial arts competition. Their dad (Nick Nolte) was listening to the audiobook of Moby Dick throughout the movie. Certain parts left me emotionally exhausted afterward.


message 23: by NancyJ, Moderator (last edited Dec 27, 2018 10:17PM) (new)

NancyJ (nancyjjj) | 1835 comments Mod
J. wrote: " 5. [book:The Eye of the world 814 pages .."
Joy, I left this one off due to size, since I asked for less than 800 pages.

Codie wrote: "Isn’t Moby Dick lengthy? ....."

It's 720 pages, but it's eligible (it's under 800 pages).

I left off books we already read except for Looking for Alaska (our earliest group read). We might consider a "revisit the shelf" read in the future, but for now, 6 months is an approximate cutoff for consideration.


message 24: by NancyJ, Moderator (last edited Dec 28, 2018 04:27PM) (new)

NancyJ (nancyjjj) | 1835 comments Mod
Updated NOMINATION COUNT Dec 28 - the top four books will go into the poll. Thanks!


Deadline Dec 28 3pm EST

The books with the most nominations will proceed to the poll tomorrow. (usually 3-6 books)

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, 244 pages - 6
Rebecca, 449 pages - 4
The Great Gatsby, 180 pages – 5
White Teeth , 448 pages - 3
The Godfather, 448 pages - 2
The Sun Also Rises, – 2
Ghost, 190 pages - 2

1 mention each:

Bless Me, Ultima 290 pages
The Lovely Bones
Where the Red Fern Grows
Moby-Dick, or the Whale by Herman Melville
A Game of Thrones (book 1)
Alex Cross Mysteries (book 1) Along Came a Spider
Invisible Man by Ralph Waldo Ellison
Looking for Alaska
The Book Thief
The Color Purple
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
The Giver
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
The Hunger Games
The Notebook
The Outsiders
The Shack
Things Fall Apart


message 25: by Vivian (new)

Vivian Fonger (vivian_fonger) | 17 comments The Great Gatsby is my pick


message 26: by J., Your Obedient Servant (new)

J. (jammons42) | 510 comments Mod
NancyJ wrote: "J. wrote: " 5. [book:The Eye of the world 814 pages .."
Joy, I left this one off due to size, since I asked for less than 800 pages.

Codie wrote: "Isn’t Moby Dick lengthy? ....."

It's 720 pages, ..."


100% agree.
I didn't realize how long it was until I was adding page numbers and at that point I'd already committed it to my #5 so I just kept rolling with it. Mostly just a public display of laziness from me :p


message 27: by Rachel (new)

Rachel (rachelreader14) The adventures of tom sawyer


message 28: by NancyJ, Moderator (new)

NancyJ (nancyjjj) | 1835 comments Mod
J. wrote: "NancyJ wrote: "J. wrote: " 5. [book:The Eye of the world 814 pages .."
Joy, I left this one off due to size, since I asked for less than 800 pages.

Codie wrote: "Isn’t Moby Dick lengthy? ....."

I..."


I figured it was mainly to show support for the book and get it in people's minds for future nominations.


message 29: by NancyJ, Moderator (new)

NancyJ (nancyjjj) | 1835 comments Mod
Rebecca came in first in the poll, after a close race with Tom Sawyer.

It was suggested that we make Tom Sawyer our choice for March. Any thoughts?


Linda Abhors the New GR Design | 915 comments Thanks for the poll, Nancy!
I'm glad Rebecca won!
I don't think that Tom in March is a bad idea, since it was so close. That being said, I don't see myself re-reading it.


message 31: by J., Your Obedient Servant (new)

J. (jammons42) | 510 comments Mod
I'm all for Tom in March! If it was close there was interest!


message 32: by Mandy (new)

Mandy | 41 comments Tom in March works for me, too!


message 33: by Parker (new)

Parker | 204 comments For me as well.


message 34: by NancyJ, Moderator (new)

NancyJ (nancyjjj) | 1835 comments Mod
OK, that makes it easy. It's a short one, so it might work well if we want to start a new Big Book In March


message 35: by Paula (new)

Paula NancyJ wrote: "Pillsonista wrote: "1. Moby-Dick, or the Whale by Herman Melville
2. The Great Gatsby by Fitzgerald or Invisible Man by Ralph Waldo Ellison
3. The Adventures of Augie March by Saul Bellow
.."

Your..."


NancyJ, I agree with your assessment of The Color Purple. After all, we're going to find book tastes in other differ from our own. I've seen it over and over again.


message 36: by Codie (new)

Codie | 61 comments I agree that Tom in March is a good idea


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