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Annual Book Discussion Lists

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1Concetta
lokakuu 26, 2006, 3:57pm

Because my Book Group is at the public library and members are free to come and go at will - they publish an annual list of the books they will be reading. They just put out the list for 2007.

January - The Children’s Blizzard - David Laskin
Februrary - Beloved - Toni Morrison
March - The Master - Colm Toibin
April - The Turn of the Screw & Other Short Fiction - Henry James
May - The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Mark Twain
June - 1776 - David McCullough
July - Washington’s General - Terry Golway
August - Le Pere Goriot - Honore de Balzac
September - To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
October - The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay - Michael Chabon
November - The Lost Painting - Jonathan Harr
December - The Crying of Lot 49 - Thomas Pynchon

What do you think? I am certainly looking forward to many of these.

Does your Book Group put out lists in advance? What are they like?

2clamairy
Muokkaaja: lokakuu 26, 2006, 5:33pm

Oooh! I've read (and enjoyed) five of those twelve books! :o)

Yup, we get our list printed out for many months in advance. Not always for an entire year, though. Plus it is malleable.

Right now it looks like this:

Nov - Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
Dec - Teacher Man by Frank McCourt
2007
Jan - In the Company of Liars by David Ellis
Feb - Wickett's Remedy by Myla Goldberg
Mar - A Thread of Grace by Mary Doria
Apr - Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder
May - Case Histories by Kate Atkinson
Jun - The Highest Tide by Jim Lynch
Jul - A Lantern in Her Hand by Bess Streeter
Aug - The Tall Pine Polka by Lorna Landvik
Sep - The Ladies Auxiliary by Tova Mirvis
Oct - Slaves in the Family by Edward Ball
Nov - Killing the Shadows by Val McDermid
Dec - ???

3Concetta
lokakuu 26, 2006, 5:27pm

OK, embarrassingly enough I have read NONE of those books - in fact, I've not even heard of most of them (I am currently hiding my face under my hand in shame). I do own Gilead, does that make me OK?????

Which books on my list did you read and enjoy?

4clamairy
Muokkaaja: lokakuu 26, 2006, 5:41pm

Oh, don't feel badly. I haven't read any of them either! I own Gilead and Teacher Man, but that's it. I only heard of A Lantern in Her Hand because it's an oldie, but the rest are great big ?'s to me.

I've read Beloved, The Turn of the Screw, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, To Kill a Mockingbird, and The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay. You've got a nice selletion there.

5HelloAnnie
Muokkaaja: lokakuu 31, 2006, 12:32pm

Of the first list, I've read: The Children’s Blizzard, Beloved, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and To Kill a Mockingbird. I love that you have a diverse group of books- nonfiction and classics. My book group tries to read from different genres and time periods, and I appreciate that. I must say I would be bummed to not be reading very many female authors, though.

We don't know our books that far in advance. Our group works this way: Each month belongs to one member. For example, in October one member will bring 3-5 titles for the book group to pick from, the group takes a "vote", picks one book and then that will be the book for November. So we really only know one month at a time. It might be nice to have a little more advance notice, but myself, I wouldn't want to know the whole year in advance.

6Concetta
lokakuu 31, 2006, 6:18pm

Tuna - I like the way you guys pick - it gives everyone a chance to contribute their "style" to the group - my neighbor keeps saying she wants to start a neighborhood club - if she ever does, I am going to recommend that method of choosing - maybe 2 months in advance, though.

I didn't realize there were so few women authors until you mentioned it - funny - there are mostly women in the group, too.

7HelloAnnie
lokakuu 31, 2006, 9:01pm

I think it's worked well for our group. I started the group in July of last year and that's the way that we've done it from the beginning. It allows both the group and the individual member some ownership over what we read. The individual member brings us some choice and they also have a vote, but the final decision is up to the group as a whole. I agree that it would be nice to have more advance notice of what we're reading. It has allowed us to read a wide range of books- everything from classics to memoirs to the current "book club hit" that all the book clubs seem to be reading to nonfiction to young adult literature.

Here's our list from the beginning:

7/25/2005 Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West
8/21/2005 Lolita
9/18/2005 Atonement
11/6/2005 Mrs. Dalloway
12/11/2005 Just a Couple of Days
1/7/2006 I Capture the Castle
2/12/2006 Pudd'nhead Wilson
3/19/2006 The Center of Everything
4/16/2006 The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
5/21/2006 Big Weather by Svenfold (touchstones not working on this one)
6/18/2006 Godless by Pete Hautman, not Anne Coulter!
7/23/2006 The Stolen Child
8/20/2006 The Confessions of Max Tivoli
9/24/2006 On Beauty
10/22/2006 The Pale Blue Eye
11/19/2006 Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight

Our group is in the same position in that we haven't read quite as many works by women.

8Concetta
lokakuu 31, 2006, 9:37pm

If there is one thing that this site has taught me is that there is so much more to read than the "recommended" shelf at Target - what a list you have there. I haven't heard of most of this books. I just keep adding and adding to my TBR list. What fun!!!

What did you think of Lolita - I am on another book forum and they are Lolita-freaks - they LOVE it. I want to read it, but I am afraid it will be too challenging for me.

9HelloAnnie
marraskuu 2, 2006, 7:35pm

Hey Concetta-

I hadn't heard of most of our book club picks, either! With a couple of exceptions, they are books that I probably never would have found, and if I did find them, probably wouldn't have picked them up! But, for the most part, I have enjoyed the selections.

I don't particularly like science fiction, so for me The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy was not my favorite. It's a book I really hated, but am still glad I read it. My favorite book we've read was probably On Beauty. I also really liked The Center of Everything which could be classified as YA and was written by a local author, so that was fun for our group. Personally, I'm not a big fan of Lolita. I had to read it in college and read it again for the book group. I think our group was pretty evenly split. You either really liked it or really didn't like it! Try it out and see what you think.

1776 has been on my wish list for a while. I have a friend who loves non-fiction and highly recommended it. She also recommended The Children's Blizzard, which was a decent read.

10Concetta
Muokkaaja: marraskuu 3, 2006, 6:59am

You know, I had On Beauty on my wish list and I took it off and for the life of me I can't remember why I wanted to read it or why I changed my mind. Glad to hear you liked it, I am goign to give it another look.

Thanks for the other info, too. I would NEVER pick up 1776 on my own (bad American History experience with Sister Margaret Rose in high school), but I have to say that I am surprised each time I read something I "would never pick up". So I have become a very open minded reader (who still, sometimes has nightmares about Sister Margaret Rose - is there a support group for that?)

I am really looking forward to The Children's Blizzard - many people have said it was very interesting and I had never heard that story before.

11GeorgiaDawn
marraskuu 23, 2006, 7:39pm

I am new to LibraryThing so I'm just beginning to find my way around. I am interested in joining a book club, but my choices are very limited where I live. I'm always looking for recommendations for books so I'm going to start with the lists posted here. Does anyone know of a good online book club?

12clamairy
marraskuu 23, 2006, 10:24pm

Well, we share group reads over in The Green Dragon group, here on LT. I believe we're going to read A Christmas Carol before the holidays.

Otherwise most of the big book sellers, like Barnes & Noble for instance, have online book clubs. I haven't joined any of them, but they do look good.

13GeorgiaDawn
marraskuu 24, 2006, 11:50pm

Thanks for your help! I joined The Green Dragon and I'll be reading A Christmas Carol. There is a message board at Barnes & Noble for discussing A Christmas Carol.

14clamairy
marraskuu 25, 2006, 10:30am

Great! So you'll get two discussions for the price of one! :o)

15GeorgiaDawn
marraskuu 26, 2006, 3:15pm

LT looks like it will work better for me - no deadlines. Now I have to go to the library! I look forward to exploring LT!

16dperrings
kesäkuu 28, 2007, 7:22pm

does anyone have any current reading lists?

david perrings