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message 1: by Kristel (last edited Jan 24, 2020 10:54AM) (new)

Kristel (kristelh) | 3967 comments Mod
Winners:

Popular Vote: The Flamethrowers
Randomizer: The Midnight Examiner

Our authors for March are Kennedy Toole to LeFanu.

Voting: voting is open from the 15 through the 23. I will announce the winner of the popular and randomizer on the 24. Everyone gets 1 free vote. You can use an additional 4 points if you have participation points to use. You can vote for 1 or 5 books depending on number of participation points and how you wish to distribute those. Feel free to try to get people to join you in trying to get your book to be the winner. Send a PM to the bookshelf personality or me with your votes. Just saying what you want here in the topic will not get your vote counted.


Have fun!

John Kennedy Toole, US author, born in Louisianak 1937 and died 1969. His book was published after he died.
1. A Confederacy of Dunces, Published 1980, 394 pages.

Jack Kerouac US. Author, Massachusetts, born 1922 to 1969.
2. On the Road 1957, 307 pages.

Ken Kesey US author, Colorado. 1935 to 2001
3. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest 1962, 325 pages

Jamaica Kincaid Antigua and Barbuda. born 1949.
4. Annie John 1985, 148 pages

Charles Kingsley England, 1819 to 1875
5. The Water Babies 1863, 224 pages.

Barbara Kingsolver US author, Maryland. Born 1955.
6. The Poisonwood Bible 1998, 546 pages

Rudyard Kipling British, Bombay India, 1865 to 1935.
7. Kim 1901, 366 pages.

Danilo Kiš Serbia, Garden, Ashes
8. Garden, Ashes 1965, 170 pages.

Ivan Klíma in Prague, Czech Republic, 1931.
9. Waiting for the Dark, Waiting for the Light 1993, 250 pages.

Wolfgang Koeppen Germany, 1906 to 1996.
10. The Hothouse 1953, 221 pages.
11. Death in Rome 1954, 224 pages

Gyorgy Konrád or George KonrádHungary, 1933 to 2019
12. The Case Worker 1969, 192 pages

Ciril Kosmač Slovenia, 1910 to 1980.
13. A Day in Spring 1954, 204 pages.

Alfred Kossmann Netherlands, 1922 to 1998.
14. Smell of Sadness I suspect this may not be available in English.

William Kotzwinkle US author, Pennsylvania, born 1943.
15. The Fan Man 1974, 191 pages.
16. The Midnight Examiner 1989, 320 pages.

László Krasznahorkai Hungary 1054
17. The Melancholy of Resistance 1989, 314 pages

Karl Kraus Czech Republic 1874 to 1936
18. The Last Days of Mankind, The app calls this The Last Days of Humanity but in GR it is this title. 1918, 263 pages.

Nicole Krauss New York, US author, 1974
19. The History of Love 2005, 255 pages.

Miroslav Krleža Croatia, 1893 to 1981
20. The Return of Philip Latinowicz 1932, 232 pages.
21. On the Edge of Reason 1938, 182 pages

Jaan Kross Estonia, 1920 to 2007
22.Professor Martens' Departure 1984, 304 pages

Milan Kundera Czech Republic, 1929
23. The Joke 1967, 371 pages
24. The Book of Laughter and Forgetting 1979, 313 pages
25. The Unbearable Lightness of Being 1984, 320 pages
26. Ignorance 2000, 195 pages.

Hanif Kureishi UK, 1954
27. The Buddha of Suburbia 1990, 288 pages
28. Intimacy 1998, 252 pages
29. Gabriel's Gift 2001, 224 pages

Rachel Kushner US author, Oregon, 1968.
30. The Flamethrowers 2013, 383 pages

Carmen Laforet Spain 1921 to 2004.
32. Nada (I believe this is the book Andrea), 1044. 244 pages

Pär Lagerkvist Sweden, 1891 to 1974
33. Barabbas 1950, 144 pages.

Selma Lagerlöf Sweden, 1858 to 1940
34. Gösta Berling's Saga 1891, 368 pages

Jhumpa Lahiri UK, 1961
35. The Namesake 2003, 291 pages

Nella Larsen Illinois, US, 1891 to 1964
36. Quicksand 1928, 192 pages

Margaret Laurence Canada, 1926 to 1987
37. The Diviners 1974, 390 pages

D.H. Lawrence England, 1885 to 1930
38. Sons and Lovers pages vary, 1913
39. The Rainbow #1, 1915, 544 pages
40. The Fox 1923, 23 pages
41. Aaron's Rod 1922, 352 pages
42. The Plumed Serpent 1926, 444 pages
43. Lady Chatterley's Lover 1928, 376 pages

Halldór Laxness Iceland, 1902 to 1998
44. Independent People 1934, 482 pages

Camara Laye Guinea, 1928 to 1980
45. The Dark Child 1954, 192 pages

John le Carré UK 1931
46. The Spy Who Came In from the Cold 1963, 224 pages
47. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy 1974, 381 pages
48. Smiley's People 1979, 397 pages

J. Sheridan Le Fanu Ireland,
49. Uncle Silas 1864, 477 pages
50. In a Glass Darkly 1872, 384 pages.

Imre Kertész Hungary 1930 to 2016
51. Fatelessness 1075 275 pages.

Books that are over 600 pages were left out as well as books read 2018.


message 2: by Kristel (last edited Jan 15, 2020 07:10PM) (new)

Kristel (kristelh) | 3967 comments Mod
I've read only 18 of these and I have quite a few on my shelf from the list. So will see what others are considering.


message 3: by Pip (new)

Pip | 1361 comments I have read 18, too and have none of the others on my shelves, so there is no urgency to vote.


message 4: by Amanda (new)

Amanda Dawn | 993 comments I've read 34 of these ones, and I'd be down to vote for many of the 16 I haven't read yet:

1) Waiting for the Dark, Waiting for the Light
2) Poisonwood Bible (audible)
3) Confederacy of Dunces (rb audio)
4) The Hothouse
5) The Melancholy of Resistance
6) The Joke (audible)
7) Professor Martens' Departure
8) The Return of Philip Latinowicz
9) The Last Days of Mankind
10) Nada
11) The Flamethrowers (audible)
12) The Diviners
13) In a Glass Darkly (audible)

A lot of these ones are shorter, so that's cool.


message 5: by Kristel (new)

Kristel (kristelh) | 3967 comments Mod
Amanda wrote: "I've read 34 of these ones, and I'd be down to vote for many of the 16 I haven't read yet:

1) Waiting for the Dark, Waiting for the Light
2) Poisonwood Bible (audible)
3) Confederacy of Dunces (rb..."


I have
1. Waiting for the Dark, Waiting for the Light
2. The Hothouse
3. The Flamethrowers
4. In a Glass Darkly

on my shelf from your list.


message 6: by Jen (new)

Jen | 111 comments From Amanda's list, I'm also interested in The Flamethrowers. I'd love to read Nada, too, but would need to seek it out via interlibrary loan - it's not in my system.


message 7: by Amanda (new)

Amanda Dawn | 993 comments Cool: Well, based on what both Kristel and Jen have said, I could be down to vote for Flamethrowers.


message 8: by Gail (new)

Gail (gailifer) | 1273 comments I have read Confederacy and Poisonwood but none of the others on Amanda’s list. I would be open to Flamethrowers or Diviners. Not on Amanda’s list I would like to read Namesake.


message 9: by Tatjana (new)

Tatjana JP | 280 comments So many great possibilities this time.
I'll vote for Nada, but wouldn't mind other suggestions.


message 10: by Gail (new)

Gail (gailifer) | 1273 comments I just did a bit of research on Nada and it does sound very interesting.


message 11: by George P. (last edited Jan 17, 2020 08:13PM) (new)

George P. | 431 comments I've read 13 in his group, about my usual. The ones I'd most like to read are:
The Caseworker, A Day in Spring, The History of Love, Fatelessness. I would also reread A Confederancy of Dunces which I read decades ago.


message 12: by Diane (new)

Diane Zwang | 1218 comments Mod
I have only read 10 in this group. My favorites that I read were Poisonwood Bible, The Namesake and History of Love. I would like to read Annie John, Kim or Quicksand but most have read these already. I will say that some of these books will come up again in future challenges...


message 13: by Kirsten (new)

Kirsten  (kmcripn) I've only read 5 of these -- looking forward to see what happens with the vote.


message 14: by Book (new)

Book Wormy | 1932 comments Mod
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy is excluded from the Randomiser as it has been BOTM twice already it is still eligible for the Popular Vote.


message 15: by Diane (new)

Diane | 2022 comments The Flamethrowers is one of the few I haven't read, so I will throw (flamethrow) my votes toward that one.


message 16: by Amanda (new)

Amanda Dawn | 993 comments Diane wrote: "The Flamethrowers is one of the few I haven't read, so I will throw (flamethrow) my votes toward that one."

Lol nice. I just voted for it too.

Gail wrote: "Not on Amanda’s list I would like to read Namesake."

If you do end up voting for this one: it was great, I really enjoyed it.


message 17: by Kristel (new)

Kristel (kristelh) | 3967 comments Mod
Hmm, I just read a really good review of The Diviners. Really wasn't very aware of this book prior to posting the list for our March votes.


message 18: by Karen (last edited Jan 20, 2020 10:48AM) (new)

Karen | 216 comments Gail wrote: "I just did a bit of research on Nada and it does sound very interesting."

I read this at the end of last year. It completely surpassed my expectations. It was almost the best book I read last year (beaten by the final book in Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan Quartet).

On the other hand On the Road was one of the worst books I read last year!


message 19: by Tracy (new)

Tracy (tstan) | 557 comments I’ve read 34 of these. There are lots of good choices in this month’s group- I’ll be happy with almost any.
I read On the Road in college. While I didn’t hate it, I didn’t love it, either. I suspect if I reread it, I would strongly dislike it!


message 20: by Kristel (new)

Kristel (kristelh) | 3967 comments Mod
I totally disliked On the Road. Did not get the hype at all.


message 21: by Valerie (new)

Valerie Brown | 564 comments I'm glad to see that I'm not the only one who dislikes/hates On the Road! It always seems awkward to admit that (out loud) about 'a classic'.


message 22: by Kristel (new)

Kristel (kristelh) | 3967 comments Mod
Valerie wrote: "I'm glad to see that I'm not the only one who dislikes/hates On the Road! It always seems awkward to admit that (out loud) about 'a classic'."

Not sure it even deserves title of classic, maybe cult classic. There does seem to be a plethora of books about drug use.


message 23: by Kristel (last edited Jan 24, 2020 10:53AM) (new)

Kristel (kristelh) | 3967 comments Mod
Voting was light this month.

Popular Vote: The Flamethrowers
Randomizer: The Midnight Examiner


message 24: by Valerie (new)

Valerie Brown | 564 comments Kristel wrote: "Valerie wrote: "I'm glad to see that I'm not the only one who dislikes/hates On the Road! It always seems awkward to admit that (out loud) about 'a classic'."

Not sure it even deserves title of cl..."


I've enjoyed (which seems like an odd word to use in this context) quite a few books that are about drug use, which is why I believe it's Kerouac's writing that is the problem! ;)


message 25: by Kristel (new)

Kristel (kristelh) | 3967 comments Mod
Valerie wrote: "Kristel wrote: "Valerie wrote: "I'm glad to see that I'm not the only one who dislikes/hates On the Road! It always seems awkward to admit that (out loud) about 'a classic'."

Not sure it even dese..."


Valerie wrote: "Kristel wrote: "Valerie wrote: "I'm glad to see that I'm not the only one who dislikes/hates On the Road! It always seems awkward to admit that (out loud) about 'a classic'."

Not sure it even dese..."


yes, you are right about that


message 26: by Valerie (new)

Valerie Brown | 564 comments The Midnight Examiner sounds amusing. However, as with many 1001 books it's impossible to get (not in our library system - RL or digital) and isn't in print. I'll be interested to see what you all have to say about it!


message 27: by Kristel (new)

Kristel (kristelh) | 3967 comments Mod
I have both books so will be trying to read both. Both are actual books and that might slow me up.


message 28: by Amanda (new)

Amanda Dawn | 993 comments Happy Flamethrowers won :) I just bought it on audible. Already read Midnight Examiner years ago: it was funny and may dip in for the discussion


message 29: by Pip (new)

Pip | 1361 comments Win some, lose some. The Flamethrowers is the only book in the last year or so which is available in my library system. I need to order it from another library soon, to make sure I can get it read in March. But The Midnight Examiner is in none of my libraries, not on Audible or Kindle and I have had to buy a copy and have it shipped from England.


message 30: by George P. (last edited Feb 17, 2020 08:08PM) (new)

George P. | 431 comments Valerie wrote: "The Midnight Examiner sounds amusing. However, as with many 1001 books it's impossible to get (not in our library system - RL or digital) and isn't in print. I'll be interested to see..."

The county and city libraries here don't have The Midnight Examiner but the university library (which gives public access) does have a copy, probably a first edition from '89. BTW they list it as 227 pages, not 320. I went there yesterday and got several books, one of them a first edition from 1934!
My Goodreads friend Ian also loved The Midnight Examiner so I may read it.
Valerie, you're the only one of my GR friends who's rated The Flamethrowers- I see you didn't like it very much (2 stars). Correction: 3 stars.


message 31: by George P. (new)

George P. | 431 comments Betterworldbooks.com has copies (five?) of The Midnight Examiner for only $3.48 w/ free shipping.


message 32: by Valerie (new)

Valerie Brown | 564 comments George P. wrote: "Valerie wrote: "The Midnight Examiner sounds amusing. However, as with many 1001 books it's impossible to get (not in our library system - RL or digital) and isn't in print. I'll be i..."

Actually, I rated it 3. My (real life!) friend rated it 4. I'm generally a generous rater, so a 3 would mean I liked it well enough to consider reading another of the author's books but it didn't either measure up to the hype or my high bar (which generally is Anna Karenina). I do have her most current book on my TBR shelf, so that says something!


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