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ex_literatim603 @ : Book List 2006/2007
Here is what the plan is for the next year or so. Each of us will get a month to pick the book for the babel ladies. Post the book for your month in the comments and then I can do a complete list later. Book priority goes to the person who's month comes up first. The only rule is that we want new books every month (obviously), but with the amount of books we read on our own, I don't think it'll be a problem. We all have slightly different likes in terms of books, so I think this is going to make for a really great list.
Not all of our members have been active (or present at all), so I'm just listing the ones who have been the most active when the group tends to be active and/or who I know want to be part of the group because, well, I know 'em. If you are a member and are not on the list, then leave a comment saying you want to be on the list. If you are a member and are not on the list and don't leave a comment, I'm going to delete you from the group. If you are not a member, we are not accepting new members, so don't ask.
And now, the list... June ironed_orchid Old School by Tobias Wolf
July hernewshoes The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood
August roomette On Love by Alain de Botton
September pirras_pot Still She Haunts Me by Katie Roiphe
October thewriteratwork The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark
November habiliments Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
December shellefly Possession by A. S. Byatt
January fireriven Reading Lolita in Tehran : A Memoir in Books by Azar Nafisi
March caudelac Building Babel by Suniti Namjoshi
April catvalente The Last Samurai by Helen DeWitt
May teaandbiscuits Gilead: A Novel by Marilynne Robinson
Please leave your book choice after the beep. *Beep*
I'd like to suggest Reading Lolita in Tehran
by Azar Nafisi for next January. If too many of us have already read it, I'll revise my choice.
I own it, but haven't read it -- good reason to do so!
I have to think of something for June!
OK, Old School
by Tobias Woolf.
It's a short read, and probably not to everyones taste, but I think it's very worthwhile.
I LOVE Old School.
I have no idea what to pick. Maybe I'll devote my lunch break today to thinking about it.
I've lent or given it to 3 people so far, and they all loved it, so I think that IT'S NOT JUST ME.
I know that not everyone here is a fan of Hemingway (for that matter, I'm not a big fan of Hemingway) so I hope that won't put people off reading.
Just received, from my library -- I'm starting it tonight! :)
I am loving this book. I'm like 20 pages in and I'm loving it. Wonderful, wonderful choice.
I'm so glad. I think some of us will like it more than others, but it is definitely worth reading.
I'm about 75 pages in now and I still love it (although I did think "Hmm. Rand? Oookay.")
I thought that too, and then it turned into one of my favourite things about the book.
Gah. I didn't even see the difference. But it doesn't look like it comes out until August or am I just too tired and missed something else, too?
It's a good way for people to share the types of books they like to read or read something for the first time with others. Fun with books!
Cool! I have that, started it, and need an incentive to keep going.
Aw crap, you mean I have to actually think?
I'll have to get back to you on this one. I need to think about it. (I have such mundane taste in books)
Although I really do love The Red Tent, and The Rice Mother. Though both are probably too mainstream for this group.
Since I am sure most of us have some form of "alice" fascination, what about Still she haunts me, by Kaite Roiphe? I have mixed feelings about the book, but never had anyone to hurl those thoughts around with. can find it here
at that link it is also available as an ebook.
I really liked The Red Tent and gave it to all my women friends to read. It isn't very well written, but I think the content and the story make it passable. It's been years since I read it though. Still she haunts me looks fabulous, too and I've never read The Rice Mother - pick one lady!
I think I'll go with Still She Haunts Me.
I like the look of Still She Haunts Me, and mixed feelings can make for intereting discussions.
Okay, I'm totally worried that this is too "light" but I have wanted to read On Love by Alain de Botton for some time now. Either that or In the Skin of A Lion by Michael Ondaatje. Must think on that.
Would also love to read some Proust. Summertime always makes me long for Proust.
Wait, if it wasn't you who told me to read On Love, who was it? I must have gotten it in my head it was you ... it was definitely somebody. I don't know that I can read it again, honestly. Too ... heartbreakingly accurate.
Not that I have any good suggestions as of yet. Apart from the most recent Murakami, if I can wait that long. It's hard to know what I might want to read between now and November!
It probably was me, I go on and on about that book because I've started it three times and found it too accurate. Though I'm willing to read it with a group- sort of like having a bunch of friends over to watch a horror movie. Makes you safe, see? Okay that doesn't make sense but pretend it does.
We could (maybe if mods allow) swap months i fyou want to make the new Murakami your book. My month is August so you wouldn't have to wait too too long.
Did I tell you the Stacy story about it? I lent it to her years back when she was dating a fellow named Bill ... who, when she brought me the book back, gave me a very stern look and said, "NO MORE BOOKS!" Apparently it reduced her to a neurotic wreck. de Botton has another book which always seems to be On Love, which I don't really understand, but I love what I've read so far in The Art of Travel.
We could swap months, or I could just make a commitment to Murakami November - it's not like I haven't got piles of other things to read around here. :)
PS. Your book & CD box goes in the mail tomorrow.
AAHHHAHAHAHAHHAAAA, that is TOO GOOD.
I thought if I read it amongst these fine women I might keep my jealous tendancies and neurosis under control. Ha. Not likely but hopeful. I tried to read it while pregnant and gave up, thinking that I had enough to worry about. Right now my attitude is that as long as it doesn't have toddlers dying in it I'm probably okay. :)
I am pulling such a blank on books- most stuff that I have on the bedstand is nonfiction right now.
A books CD package? Lovely! When do you come visit? Tomorow? excellent!
Um ... I pick ... Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore.
I'm not sure who I'd see about month swapping. I mean, switching November for August is going to be pretty hard to pull off, what with the weather change and all. Then we'd have to change it back and what about Thanksgiving? Could we do that before Labor Day? How would the time change work? Hmmm. Oh, book months! Right. Oh, well, that's fine AS LONG AS THE TWO OF YOUS PICK BOOKS ALREADY!
Although I think you really just want spankings.
I do want a spanking. I have new ruffled underpants (no! Really! they're pink! It is Pirra's fault with all her clothing posts)
Wouldn't it be nice to swap August for November?
(ponders books some more, wanting to appear Impressive and Brilliant to the book club...)
Rawrr. Pink. Ruffled. Underpants. Rawrrr.
We know you are impressive and brilliant. I'm thinking about suggesting a book I haven't read yet, and it very well might be the complete opposite of impressive and brilliant. The books mentioned so far make me really excited for the upcoming months because they are such a mix. Maybe I'll suggest a romance novel or something by Danielle Steel just to make the mix complete /wicked grin/
hey, what's yer book, lady?
Oooh, oooh! Fun. I'll get back to you.
Oooh, how fun! What to pick?! *agonizes*
Oh, I know! How about The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
in honor of Muriel Spark's recent passing? Unless many have read it, in which case I can suggest something else. Its fairly slender, I believe, and in paperback.
That looks awesome! Melikes!
ON LOVE by Alain de Botton. I think. Oh the agony of decisions. Sure. That's it.
Possession by A. S. Byatt, unless most of you have already read it.
I haven't, but I've always wanted to - I like!
Read it once a million drillion years ago, and it would be great to revisit with everyone here!
Let's go with The Last Samurai, Helen DeWitt*.
*Has nothing to do with the unfortunate Cruise movie of the same name.
*laughs* I don't think anyone (any one of us anyways) would have thought that, but I think it's funny you clarified.