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message 1: by William (last edited Jun 09, 2012 06:04AM) (new)

William Mego (willmego) Like the title says, nominations are now open for the July open group read. Nominations must be for fiction, first published/written in the year 2000 or later, and should be something you consider a work of literature. *snip*

Scroll to the bottom, nominations are closed, voting is open, links below.


message 2: by Silver (new)

Silver Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

Man Booker Prize Nominee (2005), Arthur C. Clarke Award Nominee (2006), ALA Alex Award (2006)


message 3: by Ellie (new)

Ellie (elliearcher) | 153 comments I don't know if short story collections are acceptable but Binocular Vision by Edith Pearlman is stunningly brilliant.


message 4: by Mikela (new)

Mikela I nominate The Blind Assassin.


message 5: by Mikela (new)

Mikela Ellie wrote: "I don't know if short story collections are acceptable but Binocular Vision by Edith Pearlman is stunningly brilliant."

That looks very interesting.


message 6: by Jason (new)

Jason Baldwin-Stephens | 131 comments I nominate Everything Matters! by Ron Currie Jr.


message 7: by Allen (last edited Jun 01, 2012 04:29PM) (new)

Allen | 23 comments I nominate A Fraction of the Whole by Steve Toltz by Steve Toltz. It was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and is a very interesting read.


message 8: by Thing Two (new)

Thing Two (thingtwo) I nominate Solo by Rana Dasgupta. The book won the 2010 Commonwealth Writers' Prize for best book. Published in 2009.


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The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes
This is my nomination for July 2012. Thanks.


message 10: by Sophia (new)

Sophia Roberts | 1324 comments I'd like to nominate Sacred Hunger

Sacred Hunger by Barry Unsworth

by Barry Unsworth


message 11: by William (new)

William Mego (willmego) Sophia, that looks amazing, but it won the Man Booker in 1992..so the good news is, you get another pick!


message 12: by June (new)

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


message 13: by Casceil (new)

Casceil | 1692 comments Mod
I would like to nominate How to Buy a Love of Reading, by Tanya Egan Gibson


message 14: by Jane (new)

Jane (janedistinctive) | 2 comments The sense of an ending by Julian barnes


message 15: by David (new)

David Robopocalypse , by Daniel H. Wilson


message 16: by Doris (last edited Jun 03, 2012 04:42AM) (new)

Doris | 1 comments The Bridge by Doug Marlette won the 2002 SIBA award.
The Bridge
This cartoonist/author wrote two incredible novels before he was tragically killed in a car accident. His friend Pat Conroy said at his funeral, "The first person to cry, when he heard about Doug's death, was God."


message 17: by Sophia (last edited Jun 03, 2012 08:48AM) (new)

Sophia Roberts | 1324 comments Will wrote: "Sophia, that looks amazing, but it won the Man Booker in 1992..so the good news is, you get another pick!"

Oh dear, what was I thinking about!

I'd like to nominate The Ask by Sam Lipsyte


message 18: by Sara (new)

Sara (mewnbeauts) | 21 comments The sense of an ending


message 19: by William (new)

William Mego (willmego) It's been nominated three times in 9 posts. All may safely consider Sense of an Ending nominated as hell.


message 20: by Allen (new)

Allen | 23 comments Will wrote: "It's been nominated three times in 9 posts. All may safely consider Sense of an Ending nominated as hell."

It's nominated in both polls, if I remember correctly, is that going to hurt the chances of it getting picked in either poll? I actually am wanting to read the book, so I was just curious how that would work out.


message 21: by William (new)

William Mego (willmego) I think we'll probably only allow it in one poll for exactly that reason, because some vote, then check and change their vote as the poll gets along (like me), and others vote once, and never change their votes, leading to some odd results. So I'll leave it in the moderators poll, as it was nominated there first, I believe.


message 22: by Julie (new)

Julie (readerjules) | 197 comments Will wrote: "It's been nominated three times in 9 posts. All may safely consider Sense of an Ending nominated as hell."

I'm the oddball I guess. I didn't like the book. :-)


message 23: by Sophia (new)

Sophia Roberts | 1324 comments Not at all Julie. I didn't like it either!


message 24: by Regina (new)

Regina McCreary (soapygina) | 5 comments Allen wrote: "I nominate A Fraction of the Whole by Steve Toltz by Steve Toltz. It was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and is a very interesting read."
I second this - hilarious book.


message 25: by Genevieve (last edited Jun 07, 2012 01:49PM) (new)

Genevieve (genevievedeguzman) | 3 comments The Intuitionist by Colson Whitehead - Noirish, post-modern, features warring factions of elevator inspectors. Great book - let's do this one.


message 26: by William (new)

William Mego (willmego) @Genevieve - That looks like a really interesting book, and I've added it to my to-read list, but it was published in 1998, and is thus outside the scope of the group. You do, however, get to pick again!


message 27: by Regina (last edited Jun 08, 2012 08:09AM) (new)

Regina McCreary (soapygina) | 5 comments Sadly Barry Unsworth just died - a great loss to modern literature. Sacred Hunger suggested earlier doesn't qualify but the sequel "the Quality of Mercy" does or if we'd rather a standalone perhaps I'll nominate Land of Marvels?


message 28: by William (new)

William Mego (willmego) If you'd like to nominate something, just link it! You didn't really nominate something yet, and even if you did, you can always change it.


message 29: by John (new)

John (johnnyfartpants) Julie wrote: "Will wrote: "It's been nominated three times in 9 posts. All may safely consider Sense of an Ending nominated as hell."

I'm the oddball I guess. I didn't like the book. :-)"


I must be equally odd because I didn't like it either!


message 30: by John (new)

John (johnnyfartpants) Under the Skin by Michel Faber is an interesting look at the world from a non-human perspective.


message 31: by Allen (last edited Jun 08, 2012 04:16AM) (new)

Allen | 23 comments Genevieve wrote: "The Intuitionist by Colson Whitehead - Noirish, post-modern, features warring factions of elevator inspectors. Great book - let's do this one."

Love this book! It would definitely be a good choice, shame that it was published before the turn of the century.


message 32: by Deborah (new)

Deborah | 983 comments Genevieve wrote: "The Intuitionist by Colson Whitehead - Noirish, post-modern, features warring factions of elevator inspectors. Great book - let's do this one."

One of my favorite books ever! Not an easy read, especially at first but as smart an allegory with as good a sense of mood as a person could ever hope for.


message 33: by Deborah (new)

Deborah | 983 comments Julie wrote: "Will wrote: "It's been nominated three times in 9 posts. All may safely consider Sense of an Ending nominated as hell."

I'm the oddball I guess. I didn't like the book. :-)"


How come?


message 34: by William (new)

William Mego (willmego) Nominations are now closed, and voting open!

Open group pick: http://www.goodreads.com/poll/show/67...

Mod pick (ALL MEMBERS please vote too!): http://www.goodreads.com/poll/show/67...


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