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1001 Group Read Nominations for October & November

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1george1295
Sep 2, 2011, 8:38pm Top

It's time to gather nominations for the next two months of group read. So, nominations are now open.

Remember the rules:
1) Nominate up to 2 books that you would like to read.
2) Second as many books as you like.
3) All books that receive a second will go into the voting. The web site for voting will be posted on this string when the nominations are over. You can vote for as many books as you like in the poll. If necessary, we will have an elimination poll of the books that get the most votes.

Nominations for books will take place for the next week and will close at midnight, Saturday, September 10th.
Have fun and enjoy.

I'll nominate two very painful ones that a group can suffer through together---Testament of Youth and Finnegans Wake.

I'm looking forward to your nominations.

Also, be sure to check out the string for the 1001 September Group Read, Sons and Lovers.

2Nickelini
Sep 3, 2011, 12:40pm Top

In October I plan to read Dracula and for November I'm thinking of Birdsong, so I'll nominate those two.

3george1295
Sep 3, 2011, 5:29pm Top

I've read Dracula. It's very well done. So, I'll second Birdsong. It sounds really interesting. I like WWI novels and novels that span a broad period of time. Good choice.

4chrissybob
Sep 4, 2011, 11:52am Top

I've read Birdsong - fantastic book so would be interesting to see what you all think of it.

I'd like to nominate a couple of books I have in my tbr pile which I keep putting off - hoping that the added incentive of a group read will get me through them!!

Firstly The Golden Notebook - picked this up a while ago and put it down after a few pages or The Picture of Dorian Gray.

5bucketyell
Sep 4, 2011, 11:58am Top

I have a copy of Picture of Dorian Gray and would be up for a group read. Or Dracula as I am pretty sure I have that one too. I have read Birdsong already and loved it.

6dste
Sep 4, 2011, 1:46pm Top

I'll second Picture of Dorian Gray and nominate Beloved because I'll be reading it in October anyway.

7george1295
Sep 4, 2011, 5:57pm Top

Dste, would you like to nominate a second book? You can nominate two if you would like too.

8wookiebender
Sep 4, 2011, 7:37pm Top

I'll think about nominations for the next while, but I'd like to second Testament of Youth and Birdsong, both of which I own and are lingering in that netherworld of "I really must read soon...".

9annamorphic
Sep 4, 2011, 10:08pm Top

Why should Testament of Youth be painful? The movie (or BBC adaptation?) was great. I'll second or third that. Need to think about my nominations; I have such a stack of 1001-ers waiting for me.

10dste
Sep 4, 2011, 10:42pm Top

7- Nope, that's alright

11annamorphic
Sep 5, 2011, 1:13pm Top

I'm going to nominate Orhan Pamuk, Snow and Gunter Grass, The Tin Drum. Both big, Nobel Prize winners that will be fairly hard to get through (especially the Grass, I'm afraid) but thought-provoking and good for discussion. I'm really keen to read Snow which seems very relevant to where the world is today.

12maryjanemanolos
Sep 5, 2011, 1:21pm Top

I second the Pamuk

13george1295
Sep 5, 2011, 3:15pm Top

Maryjane, I am assuming that you are seconding Snow. Is that correct?

14wookiebender
Sep 6, 2011, 12:32am Top

I thought of two books to nominate last night; as of today, one of the titles has fallen right out of my head. Argh.

I'd like to nominate Catch-22. It's the 50th anniversary of this fabulous book being published, which makes me think I really should re-read it. (Especially since I last read it when I was a teenager, oh help!)

15billiejean
Sep 6, 2011, 1:19am Top

I would like to second Finnegan's Wake, The Golden Notebook, and Catch-22.

16nadyaduck
Sep 6, 2011, 5:34am Top

I'd like to nominate Oscar and Lucinda and Schindler's Ark. These have been sitting on my shelf unread for a while now!

17maryjanemanolos
Sep 6, 2011, 10:16am Top

13- Yupperdoodles

18chamberk
Sep 6, 2011, 11:59am Top

I'll vote The Golden Notebook and The Tin Drum, as those are two I've had on my shelf for months. This should give me motivation to read them.

Catch-22 is a fantastic, utterly brilliant book, but I read it earlier this year, so...

19chrissybob
Sep 6, 2011, 12:38pm Top

I'd like to second Schindlers Ark

20soffitta1
Sep 6, 2011, 5:21pm Top

I'd like to nominate a couple of old books on the list, Middlemarch and Moll Flanders. This would make me stop skipping over them!

21LorenaBBooks
Sep 6, 2011, 8:19pm Top

I nominate Sister and Life of Pi

22wookiebender
Sep 6, 2011, 8:35pm Top

I'll second Moll Flanders.

#21> I don't know Sister from the 1001 list, can you be more specific?

23billiejean
Sep 7, 2011, 10:16am Top

I would like to second Life of Pi. I have been meaning to read that for a while.

24george1295
Edited: Sep 10, 2011, 7:42pm Top

The poll is available for voting. We have ten great books to choose from. Click on the URL below, which will take you directly to the poll. The poll will be open until mid-night October 18. Thanks to everyone for your participation.

http://www.misterpoll.com/admin/polls

25wookiebender
Sep 10, 2011, 8:34pm Top

George, you seem to have supplied the wrong URL. Can you repost it, please. Thanks!

26george1295
Sep 11, 2011, 5:48pm Top

#25--Hmm, when I click on the URL, it takes me to the poll. What do you get when you click on it?

27wookiebender
Sep 11, 2011, 6:46pm Top

A login screen, it's going to admin/polls, not a particular poll.

Is anyone else having issues, or is it just me?

28nadyaduck
Sep 11, 2011, 7:48pm Top

I get the login screen!

29melorem
Sep 11, 2011, 9:30pm Top

I get the login screen as well.

30george1295
Sep 12, 2011, 8:54am Top

OK. I must have shot mr. poll. My bad. Try this one and I sure hope it works. Also I moved the voting time out another day. I should end as of midnight on Monday, Sept. 19th.

http://www.misterpoll.com/admin/polls/256156/deployments/534624/edit?bpg=1

31johnnypies
Sep 12, 2011, 10:50am Top

Sorry, I'm still getting the login page. :(

32george1295
Edited: Sep 12, 2011, 1:42pm Top

I started over. (Sigh). I think I got it right this time. At least I hope so. Let me know if you continue to have trouble and thanks for your patience. Just be sure you use the top 1001 Group Read poll.

http://www.misterpoll.com/polls/534765

33johnnypies
Edited: Sep 12, 2011, 2:03pm Top

Well done, the link works (at least for me) now. As ever George, many thanks for organising - much appreciated.

34chrissybob
Sep 12, 2011, 2:16pm Top

Thanks George - my vote is done. So many books to choose from was a tough decision.

35melorem
Sep 12, 2011, 7:53pm Top

The link works for me now. Thanks! My vote is in.

36wookiebender
Sep 12, 2011, 8:06pm Top

Thanks for sorting out the link, George. I appreciate it. (And yay! I've voted! And damn! What I voted for is not in the lead! Oh well, plenty of time yet. :)

37billiejean
Sep 13, 2011, 4:19am Top

My thanks, too, for putting this together. I voted.

38soffitta1
Sep 13, 2011, 10:12am Top

Thanks, I have voted as well.

39chamberk
Sep 13, 2011, 4:32pm Top

Voted. Looks like I'll have to take on Tin Drum myself.

40george1295
Sep 18, 2011, 5:13pm Top

Just want to remind all that the poll will close in a little over 24 hours.

41george1295
Sep 20, 2011, 9:53am Top

It looks like we have a definite winner for October--Picture of Dorian Grey.

We had a tie for our second book between Catch 22 and Schindler's Ark. There is a run-off poll posted at MisterPoll. The URL is below and the close of the poll is listed for midnight Sept. 27. You will be voting for only one of these two books as our November group read.

http://www.misterpoll.com/polls/535559

42johnnypies
Sep 20, 2011, 10:06am Top

Glad to see PoDG come out on top - I tried and failed to read it a year ago so it will be good to have others reading it at the same time to keep the willpower going. I should also have a bit more time in October so looking forward to sitting down with it and seeing what everyone thinks.

43nadyaduck
Sep 21, 2011, 4:19am Top

Aaah. I've read Dorian Gray & Catch-22 (both excellent in my opinion) so hopefully I'll be joining you for Schindler's Ark in November!
What a good selection of books, though.

44george1295
Sep 21, 2011, 9:14am Top

Puffin, I agree--an excellent selection of books.

45george1295
Sep 28, 2011, 11:00am Top

It appears that the book we will be reading in November is Schindler's Ark. This is another excellent choice. This book as you are all probably aware lead to the movie Schindler's List. I'm looking forward to reading this. I will open separate strings for the October and November reads.
Thanks for participating in the nominations and the poll.

46billiejean
Sep 28, 2011, 1:24pm Top

Thanks so much for organizing the group reads! :)

47chrissybob
Sep 28, 2011, 2:05pm Top

can't wait - made a start on Dorian Gray and so far so good :)
Good choices everyone!

48nadyaduck
Sep 29, 2011, 4:01am Top

Excellent! Thank you

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