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message 1: by Kristel (last edited Sep 15, 2020 06:27PM) (new)

Kristel (kristelh) | 4152 comments Mod
Voting for our BOTM will go through the 23rd of the month with winners announced on the 24th. Book under 600 pages and not a previous BOTM in past two years are included. If you think I missed something please let me know. Authors for Nai'an through Peace. Everyone gets a free vote but you can use participation points up to 5 total votes including your freebie. Please feel free to try and persuade people to vote on books you really want to read. Send a PM to the Reading 1001 shelf personality or to me. Don't forget to vote.

Nai'an The Water Margin excluded, 2150 pages.

V.S. Naipaul 1932 to 2018, Born in Trinidad
1. In a Free State 1971, 247 pages
2. A Bend in the River, 1979, 326 pages
3. The Enigma of Arrival: A Novel in Five Sections, 1987, 387 pages.

R.K. Narayan 1906 to 2001 India
4. The Guide 1958, 224 pages

Thomas Nashe
5. The Unfortunate Traveller: Or, the Life of Jack Wilton

Zora Neale Hurston 1891 to 1960
6. Their Eyes Were Watching God 1937, 219 pages

Irène Némirovsky 1903 to 1942, Ukraine
7. Suite Française 2004, 431 pages

Anaïs Nin 1903 to 1977 France
8. Delta of Venus 1969, 271 pages

Cees Nooteboom 1933, he was born in Netherlands
9. Rituals 1980, 145 pages
10. All Souls' Day, 1998, 352 pages

Amélie Nothomb 1966, Belgium
11. Fear and Trembling 1999, 144 pages

Novalis 1772 to 1801, Germany
12.Henry von Ofterdingen 1802, 169 pgs

Flann O'Brien Ireland, 1911 - 1966
13. The Third Policeman 1967, 200 pages

Edna O'Brien Ireland, 1930
14. The Country Girls 1960, 175 pages
15. Girl with Green Eyes 1962, 212 pgs
16. August Is A Wicked Month, 1965, 169 pages
17. In the Forest 2002, 217 pages

Flann O'Brien Ireland, 1911 - 1966
18. At Swim-Two-Birds 1939, 239 pages
19. The Poor Mouth: A Bad Story about the Hard Life, 1941, 128 pages

Tim O'Brien Minnesota, US, 1946.
20. The Things They Carried, 1990, 246 pages

Flannery O'Connor Georgia, US, 1925 to 1964.
21. Wise Blood 1952, 256 pages
22. The Violent Bear It Away 1960, 256 pages
23. Everything That Rises Must Converge: Stories, 1965, 269 pages

Ardal O'Hanlon, 1965, Ireland
24. The Talk of the Town 1998, 244 pages

Jamie O'Neill 1962, Ireland
25. At Swim, Two Boys, 2001, 2001, 562 pages

Kenzaburō Ōe 1935, Japan
26. Pluck the Bud and Destroy the Offspring AKA Nip the Buds, Shoot the Kids 1958, 189 pgs

Michael Ondaatje, Sri Lanka 1943
27. The English Patient 1992, 320 pages

Juan Carlos Onetti Uruguay, 1909, 1997
28. The Shipyard, 1961, 192 pages

George Orwell, born in India, 1903, to 1950.
29. Burmese Days, 1934, 276 pages
30. Keep the Aspidistra Flying, 1936, 277
31. Coming Up for Air 1939, 278 pages
32. Animal Farm, 1945, 141 pages
33. Nineteen Eighty-Four, 1949, 237 pages

Mykhaylo Osadchy (app spelling is Mykhailo Osadchyi) Ukraine 1936 to 1994.
34. Cataract 1971, 240 pages

Ovid Italy 0043. Metamorphoses excluded, >600 pages

Amos Oz Israel, 1939 to 2018
35. Black Box, 1986, 259 pages
36. A Tale of Love and Darkness, 2002, 560 pages

Emine Sevgi Özdamar Turkey, 1946
37. Life Is a Caravanserai, 1992, 270 pages

Arto Paasilinna Finland, 1942 to 2018
38. The Year Of The Hare 1975, 135 pages

Marcel Pagnol 1895 to 1974
39. Manon des Sources 1962, 185 pages

Chuck Palahniuk, Washington, US
40. Choke 2001, 293 pages

Orhan Pamuk Turkey, 1952
41. Snow 2002, 463 pages

Giovanni Papini Italy, 1881 to 1956
42. Life of Christ, 1921, 424 pages

Viktor Paskov Bulgaria, 1949 to 2009A Ballad for Georg Henig, excluded 2018 BOTM

Pier Paolo Pasolini Italy, 1922 to 1975
43. The Ragazzi, 1955, 256 pages

Boris Pasternak 1890 to 1960 Russian
44. Doctor Zhivago 1957, 592 pages

Walter Pater England, 1839 to 1894
45. Marius the Epicurean 1885, 320 pages

Alan Paton South Africa 1903 to 1988
46. Cry, the Beloved Country 1948, 316 pages

Cesare Pavese Italy, 1908 to 1950
47. The Harvesters 1941, 166 pages
48. The Moon and the Bonfire, 1950, 192 pages

Milorad Pavić Serbia, 1929 to 2009
49. Dictionary of the Khazars, 1983 354 pages

Octavio Paz Mexico, 1914, 1998
50. The Labyrinth of Solitude, 1950 398 pages

David Peace 1967, UK
51. Nineteen Seventy Seven 2000, 341 pages

That's the line-up. How many have you read? What would you like to read this November? Don't forget to vote!


message 2: by Diane (new)

Diane  | 2047 comments Ha! I've read all of these! It is a short list, though.


message 3: by Amanda (new)

Amanda Dawn | 1127 comments Diane wrote: "Ha! I've read all of these! It is a short list, though."

Lol! Was bound to happen eventually. There's only three books here I haven't read:

1) Suite francaise
2) All Souls' Day
3) A Bend in the River

I'll vote for any of these depending on what other people want, but do have a preference for Suite Francaise (which is on audio on Scribd).


message 4: by Kristel (last edited Sep 16, 2020 06:32AM) (new)

Kristel (kristelh) | 4152 comments Mod
Diane and Amanda, you didn't wait for the full list I think. So maybe there is more. I saved half way through so that I would not lose everything like I did last time.


message 5: by Kristel (new)

Kristel (kristelh) | 4152 comments Mod
I've read 22 of them. I have several that I am would be interested in because I own them;
18. At Swim-Two-Birds 1939, 239 pages
21. Wise Blood 1952, 256 pages
25. At Swim, Two Boys, 2001, 2001, 562 pages
29. Burmese Days, 1934, 276 pages
42. Life of Christ, 1921, 424 pages
49. Dictionary of the Khazars, 1983 354 pages


message 6: by Amanda (new)

Amanda Dawn | 1127 comments Kristel wrote: "Diane and Amanda, you didn't wait for the full list I think. So maybe there is more. I saved have way through so that I would not lose everything like I did last time."

Ooop, yep I did jump the gun there. Turns out there are 11 total I haven't read.

In addition to the first 3 I put up (suite francaise, a bend in the river, all souls day), I could also vote for At-Swim two Boys, Life of Christ, or Dictionary of Khazars from Kristel's list.


message 7: by Tracy (new)

Tracy (tstan) | 558 comments I’ve read 47. I’ll probably sit this vote out.


message 8: by Patrick (new)

Patrick Robitaille | 954 comments I've read 18 of these, but I have a few on my TBR shelf:

- Girl with Green Eyes (O'Brien)
- Cataract (Osadchy)
- A Tale of Love and Darkness (Oz)
- Dictionary of the Khazars (Pavic)

Since some interest has been shown for the Khazars, I will support that option; this one also gives me an opportunity to read in French, which I haven't done for a while.


message 9: by Valerie (new)

Valerie Brown | 614 comments I've read 12, which is probably the most for any of our groupings.

I intend to read The Violent Bear It Away this year, so will vote for that.


message 10: by Diane (new)

Diane  | 2047 comments Ok, much better. I have read 44 of these. The only book others mentioned that I haven't read is At Swim Two Boys.

I also wouldn't mind reading:

Nineteen Seventy Seven
Manon des Sources
The Talk of the Town
The Ragazzi
Marius the Epicurean


message 11: by Dan (new)

Dan | 29 comments At Swim-Two-Birds for me


message 12: by Gail (new)

Gail (gailifer) | 1422 comments I have read 10 of these so as usual, I am open and flexible. I could see voting for and reading Swim Two Boys...


message 13: by Amanda (new)

Amanda Dawn | 1127 comments Well since several other people mentioned it I'm going for At Swim Two Boys.


message 14: by Diane (new)

Diane  | 2047 comments Amanda wrote: "Well since several other people mentioned it I'm going for At Swim Two Boys."

I will, as well.


message 15: by Pip (new)

Pip | 1421 comments I have read 20, and the only ones I have on hand are in my TBR list, so I am happy to read whatever gets chosen, as long as I can get hold of copies.


MaryAnn (EmilyD1037) | 1 comments These are the ones I would be interested in reading.

Their Eyes Were Watching God
Cry, the Beloved Country
Wise Blood
Life of Christ by Giovanni Papini
The Things They Carried


message 17: by Book (new)

Book Wormy | 2011 comments Mod
Excluded from the randomiser just one book Choke as this has been BOTM twice previously


message 18: by Amie (new)

Amie (amie-b) | 79 comments I have read 7. For me that's a lot. Lol. I would really like to read Suite Francaise. I've been planning on reading for a long time and I have a copy sitting on my shelf.


message 19: by George P. (last edited Sep 22, 2020 07:05PM) (new)

George P. | 501 comments I have read 18, so about my usual 1/3rd.
My 1st choice would be Suite Francaise, which is currently #30 in my TBR list, but would also like to read
one of the Nootebooms (Rituals, All Souls Day) partly because somehow I have yet to read a book by a Dutch writer,
or At Swim, Two Boys
or Pluck the Bud and Destroy the Offspring.


message 20: by Kristel (new)

Kristel (kristelh) | 4152 comments Mod
Announcing the winner.
At Swim, Two Boys

Distribution of votes;
At Swim, two boys 14
Suite Francaise 6
The violent Bear it away 5
There eyes were watching god 1
Dictionary of the Khazars 10

Thank you all

The randomizer picked Black Box


message 21: by Amanda (new)

Amanda Dawn | 1127 comments Cool: pretty happy At Swim, Two Boys won, already read black box so I'll forgo that one.


message 22: by Diane (new)

Diane  | 2047 comments Sweet. I will read At Swim. I already read Black Box.


message 23: by Gail (new)

Gail (gailifer) | 1422 comments Same here. I have already read Black Box but am planning to read At Swim


message 24: by George P. (last edited Oct 06, 2020 09:08AM) (new)

George P. | 501 comments I'd like to read both of these but can only fit in one, so will read At Swim. Two Boys. I just put in a request to the library to get it from the main branch, since it's rather long.
I read the other Boxall list book by the author of Black Box, Amos Oz, last year- A Tale of Love and Darkness- and liked it a lot.
I plan to read Suite Francaise anyway, probably next spring.


message 25: by Amanda (new)

Amanda Carter | 32 comments How many voted for At Swim-Two-Birds?


message 26: by Kristel (new)

Kristel (kristelh) | 4152 comments Mod
Amanda wrote: "How many voted for At Swim-Two-Birds?" 14


message 27: by Amanda (new)

Amanda Carter | 32 comments Kristel wrote: "Amanda wrote: "How many voted for At Swim-Two-Birds?" 14"

And 14 voted for At Swim, Two Boys. Got it now.


message 28: by Pip (new)

Pip | 1421 comments I, also have read Black Box. It was a Diversity read in 2018.


message 29: by George P. (new)

George P. | 501 comments I've read about 1/8th of At Swim, Two Boys already and like it so far. Perhaps I will finish by the end of the month. It's longish, and I'm reading a couple other long ones concurrently.


message 30: by George P. (new)

George P. | 501 comments Amanda wrote: "How many voted for At Swim-Two-Birds?"

I think Kristel may have misread your question and thought you asked how many voted for At Swim, Two Boys.


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