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message 1: by Will (new)

Will (wjmcomposer) It's that time again! Time to nominate your books for the June 2012 Group Read! Please limit yourself to one book per person, and that book must have been written in the year 2000 or later, be a work of fiction, and be in your opinion a notable, even TOWERING work of literature. Nominations not conforming to this (self-promotion, for example) or books clearly falling under the heading of pulp (as judged by the mods) will not be included in the polls.

Then on June 8th, the nominations will close, and TWO polls will open for you to vote on: the first group read, and you will also be able to vote for the MOD group read. A week later, both polls will close, giving us all two weeks to get our hot little hands on the books in time to begin reading them on June 1st, 2012.

Please try to use the goodreads "add book/author" link above to link your book nomination, as sometimes there's multiple books of the same name, and it can be hard to tell what exactly you meant.

message 2: by Ellie (new)

Ellie (EllieArcher) | 98 comments I nominate The Instructions

message 3: by Nick (new)

Nick | 1 comments I nominate After Dark

message 4: by Mirvan (new)

Mirvan  Ereon (mirvanereon) hmm.. I nominate Necrophilia Variations

message 7: by Will (new)

Will (wjmcomposer) impressive, 4 nominations by the time I posted the threads!

Anyway, I nominate The Master by Colm TóibínThe Master written by Colm Tóibín

A book which has made our shortlist a few times now, nominated by 2-3 people over that time, shortlisted for the 2004 Man Booker, and winner of the IMPAC Dublin in 2006.

message 8: by June (new)

June | 3 comments I nominate "The Healing" by Jonathan Odell.

message 9: by Sophia, Honorary Moderator (last edited May 01, 2012 06:01AM) (new)

Sophia Roberts | 1324 comments Mod
I'd like to nominate Foreign Bodies Foreign Bodies by Cynthia Ozickby Cynthia Ozick

Nominated for the Orange Prize 2012

message 10: by Rohn (last edited May 01, 2012 07:04AM) (new)

Rohn Federbush (RohnFederbush) | 17 comments The Preacher's Bride/Jody Hedlund

Rohn Federbush

message 11: by Glynis Jane (new)

Glynis Jane (MissGMad) | 6 comments I'd like to nominate The Sense of an Ending

message 12: by Thing Two (last edited May 06, 2012 04:28AM) (new)

Thing Two (thingtwo) I nominate Unaccustomed Earthby Jhumpa Lahiri. It was published in 2008, is a NYT Notable Book, and was nominated for a Story Prize.

Bet you didn't see that nomination coming ...

message 13: by Silver (last edited May 01, 2012 10:11AM) (new)

Silver The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga

Man Booker Prize (2008), John Llewellyn Rhys Prize Nominee (2008), Galaxy British Book Awards for Author of the Year (0), PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize Finalist (2009) .

message 14: by Brooke (new)

Brooke (BrookieReadsBookies) | 2 comments Jason wrote: "A Visit from the Goon Squad"

I second "A Visit from the Goon Squad"

message 15: by Edward (new)

Edward Creter (httpwwwedcoolcom) | 1 comments Ellie wrote: "I nominate The Instructions"

I second on the Instructions. Bring it!!!

message 16: by Annelise (new)

Annelise I'd like to nominate A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

message 17: by Candiss (new)

Candiss (Tantara) I nominate Bel Canto by Ann Patchett.

winner of the Orange Prize; winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award

message 18: by Will (new)

Will (wjmcomposer) So far, I've had to delete two nominations from people trying to promote their own novels (both of which were genre fiction, by the way)

One nomination is currently being reviewed by the mods as a group to determine whether or not it meets the criteria for the group.

message 19: by Thing Two (new)

Thing Two (thingtwo) Ellie wrote: "I nominate The Instructions"

Ellie that book's got 1000+ pages!!!! Yikes!

message 20: by Will (new)

Will (wjmcomposer) It's a rather complete set of instructions then.

message 21: by Glynis Jane (new)

Glynis Jane (MissGMad) | 6 comments I hope it's not mine that is being considered! ;) I don't know if it is a towering work of fiction as I haven't read it yet, but I do know it was awarded the Man Booker Prize 2011! So hopefully it is!

message 22: by Mirvan (new)

Mirvan  Ereon (mirvanereon) i love this thread.. all the books mentioned are the ones i would have suggested!!!!

message 23: by Ellie (new)

Ellie (EllieArcher) | 98 comments KJ wrote: "Ellie wrote: "I nominate The Instructions"

Ellie that book's got 1000+ pages!!!! Yikes!"

Yes but it's a fast read. The writing is excellent but not especially dense. And it's very, very funny, imho.

message 24: by Monica (new)

Monica | 5 comments Glynis wrote: "I'd like to nominate The Sense of an Ending"

I second that!

message 25: by Will (new)

Will (wjmcomposer) sense of an ending has been nominated a few times before, it's fine to be so again. Books which are disallowed have their posts deleted, and if it's a beloved member who just picked the wrong book because it's any number of things like non-fiction, published/written in the wrong year, etc will get a message saying they can pick another book.

Members who just post their own book, after it's clear the book (and sadly often times the member) isn't attempting greatness, the post is deleted and NO message sent.

message 26: by Barbara (new)

Barbara I'd like to nominate Turn of Mind by Alice LaPlante. Winner of the 2011 Wellcome Trust Book Prize.

message 27: by Allen (new)

Allen | 23 comments I nominate The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt. In my opinion, it should have taken the Booker Prize last year.

message 28: by Candiss (new)

Candiss (Tantara) Allen wrote: "I nominate The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt. In my opinion, it should have taken the Booker Prize last year."

I really enjoyed this one. I am not generally a fan of Westerns, but this was complex, character-driven, and totally satisfying...not to mention infused with a subtly dark humor.

message 29: by Lisa (last edited May 05, 2012 09:22AM) (new)

Lisa I nominate The Newlyweds. The review on NPR compared the author to Franzen, good enough for me :)

message 30: by Asha (new)

Asha Winotta (Asha2704) | 1 comments I nominate The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

message 31: by Will (new)

Will (wjmcomposer) Asha wrote: "I nominate The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath"

That would rock to nominate, but The Bell Jar was published originally in 1963 or so, so this nomination will not be recorded.

message 32: by [deleted user] (new)

Will wrote: "Asha wrote: "I nominate The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath"

That would rock to nominate, but The Bell Jar was published originally in 1963 or so, so this nomination will not be recorded."

My nomination is for The Sense of an Ending by Julian BarnesThanks.

message 33: by Will (new)

Will (wjmcomposer) You may still comment and discuss in this thread, but the nominations for this vote are closed. Polls will be up in a little bit.

message 34: by Romah (last edited May 15, 2012 09:02AM) (new)

Romah AlZamil (romah87) My nomination is for
An Unquiet Mind A Memoir of Moods and Madness by Kay Redfield Jamison


message 35: by Will (new)

Will (wjmcomposer) Fascinatingly enough, there are several problems with this:

#1: the nominations closed weeks ago.
#2: The polls that followed the nominations even closed.
#3: This book was published BEFORE 2000, and thus isn't 21st century..
and last but not least:
#4: It's non-fiction.

So in around two weeks or so, we'll start nominating books for July 2012, but this book still can't be considered.

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Books mentioned in this topic

The Instructions (other topics)
After Dark (other topics)
Necrophilia Variations (other topics)
A Visit from the Goon Squad (other topics)
The Master (other topics)

Authors mentioned in this topic

Colm Tóibín (other topics)
Cynthia Ozick (other topics)
Jhumpa Lahiri (other topics)
Aravind Adiga (other topics)
Ann Patchett (other topics)