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message 1: by Darren (new)

Darren (dazburns) | 667 comments Mod
Categories open for nomination for February 2020 are:

Love and Comedy

to help with choosing nominations, I have updated the threads containing the full list of books in each of these categories, showing which books have already been read - hopefully these are useful:

Love List

Comedy List

so let's have those suggestions...


message 2: by Eglė (new)

Eglė | 35 comments For Comedy - Memoirs of a Gnostic Dwarf
Sounds....different?

For Love - A Lost Lady
Been meaning to read something by Willa Cather and sounds sufficiently gloomy for a dark cold February. You can also get a free kindle version with Amazon Prime (at least in UK)


message 3: by Phil (new)

Phil (lanark) | 436 comments Okay - I'm in:

Comedy: Ennui
by Maria Edgeworth
Ennui by Maria Edgeworth

Love:
East Lynne
by Mrs. Henry Wood
East Lynne by Mrs. Henry Wood


Bryan--The Bee’s Knees (theindefatigablebertmcguinn) | 565 comments L: The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro

C: A Fairy Tale of New York by J.P. Donleavy


message 5: by Leslie (new)

Leslie | 825 comments I think that I will not nominate this month for Comedy, as both Egle's and Bryan's choices interest me (I have already read Phil's selection, which I did find very amusing!).

For Love, I will nominate Lolita since I am already planning on rereading this book for another group :)


message 6: by Christopher (new)

Christopher (Donut) | 237 comments I'm down for Ennui.
(Second)

For Love, how about the Princess of Cleves..?


message 7: by Phil (new)

Phil (lanark) | 436 comments Lolita is a superb piece of writing, Leslie.


message 9: by Darren (new)

Darren (dazburns) | 667 comments Mod
ok so that's probably enough nominations
thanks for all the suggestions
there were 6 for Love, and 4 for Comedy, so I've added an extra comedy making 5 as follows:

Comedy:
Memoirs of a Gnostic Dwarf by David Madsen (1995) 336 pages
Ennui by Maria Edgeworth (1809) 244 pages
A Fairy Tale of New York by J.P. Donleavy (1973) 348 pages
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon (2003) 226 pages
Brewster's Millions by George Barr McCutcheon (aka Richard Greaves) (1902) 162 pages

Love:
A Lost Lady by Willa Cather (1923) 167 pages
East Lynne by Mrs. Henry Wood (1861) 694 pages
The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro (1979) 258 pages
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov (1955) 331 pages
The Princess of Cleves by Madame de La Fayette (1678) 192 pages
Sunset Song by Lewis Grassic Gibbon (1932) 272 pages

polls should go up later this evening...


message 10: by Darren (new)

Darren (dazburns) | 667 comments Mod
Polls are up for our 2 Books for February in the Love and Comedy categories:
https://www.goodreads.com/poll/list/1...


message 11: by Phil (new)

Phil (lanark) | 436 comments Wow - both polls are really close for a change. The comedy is neck and neck and the love has just a single vote in it.


message 12: by Darren (last edited Jan 27, 2020 03:46AM) (new)

Darren (dazburns) | 667 comments Mod
polls actually closed last night
A Lost Lady won the Love category

but I have re-opened the Comedy poll for another day, in the hope of a late break in the tie between Brewster's Millions and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time...
(maybe people who voted for other titles could change their votes...?)


Bryan--The Bee’s Knees (theindefatigablebertmcguinn) | 565 comments My vote is totally up for sale.


message 14: by Eglė (new)

Eglė | 35 comments I've just changed mine in favour of Brewster's Millions.


Bryan--The Bee’s Knees (theindefatigablebertmcguinn) | 565 comments All right, all you Dog in the Night-time wannabe readers, looks like my vote just got pricier. I will gladly exchange it now for an iron-clad promise to vote for Camp Concentration next time I nominate it.


message 16: by Christopher (new)

Christopher (Donut) | 237 comments I don't have a dog in this fight, as they say, but I am tempted to vote for Brewster's Millions simply because it's free.



(Also because John Candy is in it???)


message 17: by Darren (new)

Darren (dazburns) | 667 comments Mod
We will be reading two books in February, namely:

In the Comedy category:
Brewster's Millions by George Barr McCutcheon (1902) 162 pages

and in the Love category:
A Lost Lady by Willa Cather (1923) 167 pages

Brewster's Millions by George Barr McCutcheon A Lost Lady by Willa Cather

the discussion threads will go up soon - Everybody Welcome! :o)


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