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message 2: by Candiss (last edited Mar 26, 2010 11:21PM) (new)

Candiss (tantara) Oh, this is a great shelf pick! It's both a favorite of mine and one that holds several books I will be reading for various groups and challenges... I'd like to read these:

Roadside Picnic by Arkady Strugatsky
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks
China Mountain Zhang by Maureen F. McHugh
Native Tongue by Suzette Haden Elgin


message 3: by Pollyanna (last edited Mar 24, 2010 10:52AM) (new)

Pollyanna (polly8) | 94 comments I'm planning to read quite a few of these for the Seasonal challenge so I'll see how many I can get through. Great choice Natasha :)

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Herland
Animal Farm by George Orwell


message 4: by Karen (last edited Mar 07, 2010 09:46AM) (new)

Karen (karenofthebookworm) Child 44 as this is the only one on the list that i have as a proper book everything else i have as an ebook. so from them I'll have The Hunger Games and Shades of Grey: The Road to High Saffron plus if I have time then either The Stand or Under the Dome


message 5: by Cam (new)

Cam Not getting much of a chance to read at the moment hopefully March is more kind to my reading time.
Picked out from the pile
Blindness By Jose Saramago
Parable of the Sower By Octavia E. Butler
Parable of the Talents By Octavia E. Butler
The Day of the Triffids By John Wyndham


message 6: by Lyn (Readinghearts) (last edited Mar 08, 2010 10:41AM) (new)

Lyn (Readinghearts) (lsmeadows) | 2801 comments Mod
WOW - great choice Natasha, although, I find that I have read most of the classics and best ones of the group.
I think I am going to list:

1984 by George Orwell (re-reading this one with my husband)
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
Blindness by José Saramago
I ended up reading Witch and Wizard for the adventure shelf, so I am replacing it with
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

I probably won't get to the last one of these as I am trying to buddy read the unabridged edition of
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas in March, which has 1272 pages of VERY SMALL PRINT.


message 7: by Mita (new)

Mita (mitab) | 104 comments My choice will be Uglies by Scott Westerfeld! Might even tackle the sequel if I end up liking it :)


message 8: by Tara (last edited Mar 24, 2010 06:52PM) (new)

Tara | 742 comments This is going to be hard to scale down, but these are some of the books I hope to get to in March.

The Maze Runner
The City of Ember
How I Live Now

The Unit
and maybe
Oryx and Crake
Watership Down
(I really could list 20 or more books, but that would be ridiculous)

I recommend Ella Minnow Pea: A Novel in Letters (especially if you are new to the genre), Poison Study, and Never Let Me Go, as well as The Handmaid's Tale and The Adoration of Jenna Fox.
Gone was also a fun YA book.


message 9: by Lynne (new)

Lynne (lmsindel) So after looking at the list I find that there are several choices that interest me (as always) even though this is a genre I would usually avoid.

My top 3 picks will be:
Catching Fire
Shades of Grey: The Road to High Saffron
and
Uglies (which I have been wanting to read for some time)

I will also list (but don't think I will get to):

The Stand
V for Vendetta
Ella Minnow Pea: A Novel in Letters
On the Beach
and

Witch & Wizard


Lyn (Readinghearts) (lsmeadows) | 2801 comments Mod
I really want to read The Hunger Games since I have heard a lot about it, but it is so popular that I am 76 on my library's list, there are NO copies on swaptree, and the used copies on my usual sites are the same price as the new copies, which I am trying to avoid. Oh well.


message 11: by Lynne (new)

Lynne (lmsindel) Care- I have a copy. One of my friends at work is reading it right now but once I get it back (which shouldn't take too long), it's all yours. :)


message 12: by Sarah (new)

Sarah | 286 comments I finally have access to a library again so I can expand my possible reads next month.
I'm going to try these to begin with:

Perdido Street Station
Fahrenheit 451
Catch 22

I HIGHLY recommend Shades of Grey: The Road to High Saffron, it's amazing.


message 13: by Michele (new)

Michele (micheleruns) I am planning on reading Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince (Book #6).


Lyn (Readinghearts) (lsmeadows) | 2801 comments Mod
Lynne - Do you have a copy of Witch and Wizard? I do, and I could send it to you. It is a quick read, but I would need it back this summer cuz Joe wants to read it.


message 15: by Amy (last edited Mar 07, 2010 11:12AM) (new)

Amy | 2026 comments I'm happy that one of my February choices is also on the Dystopia shelf, because I won't get to it this week. Here is my list for March:

Unwind (***1/2)
The Knife of Never Letting Go
Child 44
Incarceron
The Forest of Hands and Teeth
Mockingbird
Witch and Wizard
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (audiobook started already)


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message 17: by Maisha (new)

Maisha | 5 comments I plan to read:

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
& Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand


message 18: by BJ Rose (last edited Mar 21, 2010 12:07PM) (new)

BJ Rose (bjrose) | 234 comments Strongly Likely I'll Read These

Catching Fire March 4 *****
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Speaker for the Dead
The Road March 20 ****

My Extended List If I Finish the First List

One Second After
The Maze Runner (if I can get it from the library)
Parable of the Talents (loved Parable of the Sower)


message 19: by Lynne (new)

Lynne (lmsindel) Lyn M wrote: "Lynne - Do you have a copy of Witch and Wizard? I do, and I could send it to you. It is a quick read, but I would need it back this summer cuz Joe wants to read it. "

I'll trade you Witch and Wizard for The Hunger Games (which I got back today).


message 20: by Lynne (new)

Lynne (lmsindel) Maisha wrote: "I plan to read:

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
& Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand"


You're going to have a good month! :)


message 21: by Lynne (new)

Lynne (lmsindel) I got Uglies from my school's library today so I will start with that one.


message 22: by Leonie (new)

Leonie (leo23) Great choice Natasha. I picked up a copy of Brave New Worldat a flea market recently so will start with that. Then maybe 1984 and Catch-22 which have both been on my TBR list for ages.


message 23: by Katey (new)

Katey (kateyyy) | 50 comments I'm hoping to read:
Feed by M.T. Anderson
The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
Neuromancer (Sprawl Trilogy, #1) by William Gibson
Tomorrow, When the War Began (The Tomorrow Series, #1)
by John Marsden

I probably won't get through all of them as i'm starting uni again this month but i'll give it a shot.


message 24: by Sara (new)

Sara (monkeygirlsmama) | 196 comments I am going to start with The Maze Runner and then I will see what I'm in the mood for after that


message 25: by Colleen (new)

Colleen (ossycolly) I am going to say:

The Hunger Games
Child 44


message 26: by Sue (new)

Sue (sueb67) On my list is:
The Handmaid's Tale
Never Let Me Go
and
The Stepford Wives
and possibly if I get time in March
The Maze Runner.


Lyn (Readinghearts) (lsmeadows) | 2801 comments Mod
I'm also reading Never Let Me Go, Sue. I've heard it is great and it has been on my TBR for a long time!!


message 28: by René (new)

René (bookgeek4life) | 7 comments My picks are The Maze Runner and The People of Sparks (The Ember Series, #2). Maybe I'll be able to get through a couple more.


message 29: by Lynne (new)

Lynne (lmsindel) I'm going to start Uglies today. I know it is a few days early, but I didn't do so well with my Feb. reads. Maybe once I am not obsesively watching the Olympics I will get more reading done. :)


message 30: by Sue (new)

Sue (sueb67) Lyn M wrote: "I'm also reading Never Let Me Go, Sue. I've heard it is great and it has been on my TBR for a long time!!"

I'm trying to access it through my library but it's not available through them. I think I'm going to have to buy it.


Lyn (Readinghearts) (lsmeadows) | 2801 comments Mod
That's too bad. Do they not have it, or is the queue just too long?


message 32: by Sue (new)

Sue (sueb67) Lyn M wrote: "That's too bad. Do they not have it, or is the queue just too long?"

They don't have it!!


message 33: by Natalie (new)

Natalie (nchhynes) | 55 comments This is my first month in this group, and what a great way to start! 1984 is one of my favorite books and a great dystopia.

This month I plan to read
Fahrenheit 451 and Animal Farm.


message 34: by Luann (new)

Luann (azbookgal) | 1004 comments Welcome, Natalie! I read Fahrenheit 451 not too long ago. Loved it.


message 35: by Tina (last edited Mar 10, 2010 04:32PM) (new)

Tina | 232 comments Brand new to the group, and this first shelf is one I wouldn't necessarily pick up to read. However, I've found myself interesed in many more books than I thought I would. I'm looking forward to reading them :-)

Putting my feet in the water with:
The Hunger Games
Never Let Me Go
The Handmaid's Tale


message 36: by Lynne (new)

Lynne (lmsindel) Tina wrote: "Brand new to the group, and this first shelf is one I wouldn't necessarily pick up to read. However, I've found myself interesed in many more books than I thought I would. I'm looking forward to ..."

Welcome Tina, get used to the feeling of being surprised by the shelves. That is one of the many things that makes this group the best!


message 37: by Tina (new)

Tina | 232 comments Finished my first of the shelf and I'm a fan! Loved Hunger Games :-)


message 38: by BJ Rose (new)

BJ Rose (bjrose) | 234 comments Tina wrote: "Finished my first of the shelf and I'm a fan! Loved Hunger Games :-)"

Tina, I loved Hunger Games as well, and am currently reading the 2nd book: Catching Fire


message 39: by [deleted user] (last edited Mar 03, 2010 07:28PM) (new)

I have finally made a decision Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell. It is a book I should have read a long time ago.
I will wait to choose another book once I have finished this one.


message 40: by [deleted user] (new)

I hope to read:
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Tomorrow, When the War Began by John Marsden
Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld

The Hunger Games (Hunger Games, #1) by Suzanne Collins Tomorrow, When the War Began (The Tomorrow Series, #1) by John Marsden Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld

If I can read even just one of these I would be happy!


message 41: by Tina (new)

Tina | 232 comments Sophie wrote: "I hope to read:
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Tomorrow, When the War Began by John Marsden
Leviathan by [author:Sc..."


Now I haven't read the others, but have just finished Hunger Games and LOVED it! I'd recommend that it for sure :-)


message 42: by BJ Rose (new)

BJ Rose (bjrose) | 234 comments I just finished Catching Fire - WOW!!


message 43: by Karen (last edited Mar 13, 2010 09:38AM) (new)

Karen (karenofthebookworm) Am now reading The Day of the Triffids and after that I'm going to read Catching Fire these are both ebooks so for a real book after I've finished Child 44 I've got to choose between We , Uglies or Mortal Engines.


message 44: by Sunflower (last edited Mar 05, 2010 11:23AM) (new)

Sunflower | 174 comments I am going to read Shades of Grey: The Road to High Saffron .Really want to read Catching Fire but am going to have to wait until it is available where I am!


message 45: by [deleted user] (new)

Tina wrote: "Sophie wrote: "I hope to read:
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Tomorrow, When the War Began by John Marsden
Leviathan b..."


I've heard that they are a great series... I'm looking forward to reading them.


message 46: by Lynne (new)

Lynne (lmsindel) Karen wrote: "Am now reading The Day of the Triffids and after that I'm going to read Catching Fire these are both ebooks so for a real book after I've finished [book:Child 44|216173..."

Karen, I am reading Uglies right now and I must say it is taking me a LOOOOOONG time to get into it. I am probably enjoying it less than any of the books I have read recently. I would be interested to see if it is just me or if you agree. I have been trying to figure out what it is that I don't like but so far I can not put my finger on it. Weird, huh?


message 47: by Tara (new)

Tara | 742 comments Lynne wrote: "Karen wrote: "Am now reading The Day of the Triffids and after that I'm going to read Catching Fire these are both ebooks so for a real book after I've finished [book:C..."

Lynn, I was not enamored with Uglies either. I gave it three stars. My biggest problem with it was that I felt it had good themes, but the author did not have a point of view on them. When I read a good book, it makes me think and I get a sense of what the author is saying or some sense of commentary (especially with dystopic novels) but I did not get that sense when I had finished that book.


message 48: by Lynne (new)

Lynne (lmsindel) Thanks, I'll think about that as I keep slogging through. I don't want to give up on it entirely because the premiss IS interesting.


message 49: by May (last edited Mar 11, 2010 02:37PM) (new)

May | 3 comments I'm hoping to read:

* Unwind by Neal Shusterman
* Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
* Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
* The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
* The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

I might go through the dystopian shelf and hopefully spot other books that I'd like to add to my current list.

Added:
* Shades of Grey: The Road to High Saffron by Jasper Fforde
* Incarceron by Catherine Fisher (Can't believe I've forgotten about this. It's been sitting on my shelf for ages!)


message 50: by Karen (new)

Karen (karenofthebookworm) Have just finished Child 44 and am now going to start Uglies


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