September 2012 Theme
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Yay! I get to be the one to start us off. Here are my suggestions, but I'm open to more:
Weather or seasons, maybe disaster, but I think we could split the two
Someone recently mentioned that they had added a new theme to the list - Heroes & Vagabonds. I think that one sounds really interesting!
I like the idea of weather; it seems like it would encompass a lot. And obviously it would include a lot of disasters as well, like hurricanes, tornadoes, storms, etc.
I'm sure I could find something for heroes & vagabonds as well, though.
I'm fine with either weather/seasons or food. I'm not sure if I have any TBRs to fit heroes & vagabonds, but I could probably come up with something.
Since I am the one who suggested Heroes and Vagabonds, I would love to do that, but I would also be fine with Weather/Disasters as well.
Clarification about "seasons." Would that mean that the story has to occur all within a specific season, or that title must include the name of a season, or what?
I love the Heroes and Vagabonds idea. I am happy to give the other ideas a go too. I understand the weather concept, but like HRO, I would like some clarification of the seasons concept please. I think I have something that fits the food category (if that includes coffee, which is actually a drink now I think about it, so maybe I don't).
I am off to do a tag search now to see what comes up under these themes.
Regarding the "seasons" question, I would say it could either include a season in the title OR occur during a specific season. In my opinion, part of the fun of this challenge is finding creative ways to fulfill the theme/time period requirements!
That sounds good as I have already found 3 books that would fit the seasons theme. So I'm thinking that seasons is a great idea.
My September reading calendar is already looking mighty full, so I'm probably going to sit this one out.
I like it when we get to be creative with our theme/period reads as well. Seasons sounds like a fun theme.
Just wondering if we need to do a vote here or if we have decided on seasons? I am ready to check out my shelves and the library catalogue.
I've begun to wonder if everyone in this group climbed into a time machine and got lost. :)
Hi HRO. It has been rather quiet. Quite unusual. I know I have been a bit distracted with sick children, and trying to wade through Wolf Hall. For some reason I decided to read it now and it is taking forever. My Witch book is progressing though. Do you know how to set up the voting? Otherwise I may try to figure it out myself. I think our suggestions have been weather/disasters, seasons, food, heroes and vagabonds.
I haven't been super active on LT lately, but I am still following along with this group. I'm fine if seasons is the theme, but there hasn't been an official vote, and I don't want to step on anyone's toes.
I'm with you there Christina. That would definitely not be my intention either. However I get the feeling from this group that everybody is comfortable with anybody putting the suggestions or voting panels forward. I just have no idea how to do it. I am sure there is a help page on LT somewhere that would give instructions though. If nothing pops up soon (please somebody :-) I will investigate and give it a try if everyone is ok with that?
Vote: Do you want the September theme to be Seasons?
Current tally: Yes 7, No 2, Undecided 1
Vote: Do you want the September theme to be Weather/Disasters?
Current tally: Yes 1, No 3, Undecided 4
Vote: Do you want the September theme to be Heroes and Vagabonds
Current tally: Yes 3, No 4, Undecided 3
Yay! After much trawling through the help pages on LT I found the information I needed to put the vote up. And it was so easy too!
I have not got a burning desire for any of these topics but I am sure I could find something for each one.
Well done, roro, for figuring out how to do the polls! Now let's see if anyone shows up to vote. :) If "seasons" is chosen as our theme, I'll probably rearrange my reading schedule to participate. Otherwise, I think I'll sit this one out and focus on the mountains of other reading projects that need my attention.
It looks like our theme for September will be seasons. I think this one will be full of variety.
I think only 5 people posted in the wiki last month, so I thought maybe that was it right now. Maybe everybody is super-busy at the moment. If people still want to keep voting go ahead.
I dunno. *shrug* I'm gonna plan for the September theme to be seasons, but we'll see how things go, I guess.
I'm becoming concerned about samantha_kathy. She was always so active and it's been about six weeks since she posted. I would have thought if she was going on holiday or something she would have said something in advance since she's the mod for the quarterly theme. :/
I messaged her profile page last week as I had noticed the same and was concerned. She messaged me back and said she is extremely busy at the moment and hopefully would be back soon.
I think there are a lot of ways to interpret "seasons." You could do books with a season in the title. Or books that occur within a specific season. Or books in which the weather of a particular season is pivotal to the plot. Or book with titles that have a word that represent a season (snow, sun, leaves, rain, etc.). Or books with a month for a title, using the months in which each season begins - March, June, September, December. Or books with characters named for months or seasons. Or books about a holiday or event, like the Christmas season or the harvest season. Or books with the word "season" in the title. Yeah, the ideas are pretty much endless. :)
PS Glad to hear that samantha_kathy is ok!
I have been MIA from this group since May.... good grief, has it been that long!.... but I did stumble across this thread tonight and voted. Fingers crossed I will make room to join the September theme. Now off the see what I missed in June and July and to see if I have anything that might fit August!
Sorry I've been out of town, but I added my vote today and I voted for seasons.
I've been out of town without Internet access, too, so I didn't vote. Seasons is fine with me. I'll probably read Sins of a Shaker Summer by Deborah Woodworth, the next up for me in her Shaker historical mystery series.
It looks like it is seasons for September. Thanks for voting everyone. It is almost time to think about October!
Talk about a realllly broad definition!! -:) Guess I'll throw in one which could fit. I just finished and really enjoyed "Black Diamond" by Martin Walker.
Chief of Police Bruno is the heart of this delightful mystery series set in St. Denis, France. Sunlight and shadow, greed and generosity of spirit abound in this series.
This mystery is tied directly to the harvest and selling of truffles, which peaks in January. The story is actually set just before Christmas with the closing of a local mill and questions about the local truffles market and possible fraud.
Last summer about this time I thought something was wrong with my connection cause no one seemed to be contributing. Therefore, I would have to assume that people do tend to drop off in mid to late summer and then come back online in September.
Glad to see people making a reappearance. :) I've got some books tentatively planned for September....but I may change my mind. There are so many possibilities with this theme!
I saw The Land of Summer when I was looking around for titles for this theme but was put off by the low ratings it's received so I'm interested to hear what you think of it DeltaQueen!
#40 - I have read and enjoyed some previous books by Charlotte Bingham, but there are times when her books lack depth. I have The Land of Summer on my Kindle, so will probably give it a try. Will report back when I complete it.
Hey everyone, sorry to have been absent for so long! Thank you all so much for the concern!
I've been (and truthfully, still am) very, very busy. I'm at the end of my master at the university, and the work is piling up. If all goes well, I should be done at the end of August.
However, for the first time in almost two months I've picked up a book this week! It feels good to read again.
I'll be jumping back into the reading game with the September theme. I might read The Winter King, but I may also read Gold Under Ice by Carol Buchanan. Ice seems wintery enough, right?
I finished my first book for this month's theme - The Last Summer by Judith Kinghorn. Set in England during and just after WWI, it's rather simple and not especially spectacular; nevertheless, I did very much enjoy it and rated it 4 Stars. My full review is on my thread.
I was thinking of reading that one myself HRO. I will go and check out your review.
I added a September TIOLI challenge that works for this thread, btw. #17
Within the 75 Books Challenge for 2012 Group (http://www.librarything.com/groups/75booksin2012) there is a series of monthly challenges that we give one another to stimulate us to read. Not that most of us need any stimulation! But it helps us to focus our reading and that makes a difference, for me anyway ...
I think you could go for football season, baseball season, back to school, all of those are seasons too.
This may be a little off topic, but since it’s a subject that I have been pondering in part due to this month’s theme, I figured I’d bring it up here. I’ve been reading Gold Under Ice for this month’s theme on my Kindle. It’s not a bad book, but scarcely into the second chapter I’m already contemplating putting it aside never to pick it up again. And today, I put aside another book (a thriller this time) that I was reading on my Kindle as a ‘did not finish’ after a prologue and three chapters. This was also not a bad book – it just didn’t catch and hold my interest.
Now, this could be just a coincidence. But I get the feeling that I have far less patience with a Kindle book than with a paper book. Perhaps part of it is that a large part of my Kindle books were free downloads and I feel less obligation to stick to a book if I didn’t pay for it. But then I should have the same problem with library books and I don’t seem to have that problem. And it’s not that I dislike reading on my Kindle – I’ve got several series that I love and read on my Kindle, as well as several stand alone books that I liked. So it’s not a dislike of Kindle books in general.
So why do I put a lot of Kindle books aside quickly? Pure coincidence, or is there something about a paper book that I feel more obligated to finish it? Does anyone else here have the same problem?
@ 51 -- I don't have an e-reader, so I can't comment about Kindle vs. hard copy. But I do find it easier to set aside a book if I haven't paid for it. If I've spent money, I feel more of an obligation to stick it out to the end.
#51 - I seem to be the opposite. Since I prefer ebooks, I'm more likely to put aside a dead tree book, because they are so much less convenient to take with me wherever I go, or to read in bed.
Interesting. The majority of ebooks that I read are library books and I find that I am more motivated to finish my library books, regardless of whether they are ebooks or paper - probably because at some point they have to be returned to the library! - than the books that I own.
Which reminds me I have a Netgalley ebook I need to get around to reading at some point..... thanks for the reminder!
It is not very often that I don't finish a book regardless of the format. I usually persist, thinking "surely this is going to get better". Often by the time I have decided that it is not getting any better I am more than half way through and then I think that I may as well finish it.
The books that I am least likely to read are books that have been lent to me that I haven't asked for. These books I can find a chore as I feel obliged to read them even if I really don't want to.
It's interesting to see which books people are more likely to put aside. I think, for me, part of the blame should also rest on LT. Since joining my TBR list has grown exponentially and perhaps the knowledge that I've got so much more books to read also plays a part in deciding early on if I'm going to continue reading. My reading time has also gone down, so I want to read books I like - not books I might like. But still, e-books are more often discarded. Probably because they are out of sight, out of mind easier than a paper book which will lie around and "glare" at me.
In our family we have a '15 minute rule' for watching movies that we are recommending to each other. We must watch 15 minutes and after that time, if we are not enjoying it, we can tell each other and it is ok to stop watching the film.
Somewhere on LT I first read about Nancy Pearl's “Rule of Fifty” to help decide when to stop reading a book.
"People frequently ask me how many pages they should give a book before they give up on it. In response to that question, I came up with my “rule of fifty,” which is based on the shortness of time and the immensity of the world of books. If you’re fifty years of age or younger, give a book fifty pages before you decide to commit to reading it or give it up. If you’re over fifty, which is when time gets even shorter, subtract your age from 100—the result is the number of pages you should read before making your decision to stay with it or quit. Since that number gets smaller and smaller as we get older and older, our big reward is that when we turn 100, we can judge a book by its cover!"
My problem, is that no matter how terrible the book is, although I may abandon it now, I cannot totally give up on the idea. And most times, months or even years later, I pick it up and really love it.
I am finding that I abandon books less frequently as I get older (I am almost 60). I think I am just getting better at choosing books that I pretty much know that I am going to like. Except for those 1001 group reads. Some of those classic books have been so tedious, but I am gradually returning to them and hope to make progress.
Samanthy_Kitty, are the books on your kindle ones that you would choose if you were in a bookstore with a gift card to spend? Are they published by established publishers? I've found that I have to look more closely at a book to determine whether or not it's from a vanity press and with e-books there is a lot out there that would not be accepted as publishable by a for-profit publishing house. If the book is only available as an e-book, it may not be worth your time, free or not. Yes, there are exceptions, but I'm not sure it's worth wading through the dreck to find them. Also, self-publishers often forgo silly costs like proofreading and editing, which can make a substantial difference in the end product. I suspect many also just publish their first drafts.
Of course, you can get caught with a paper copy as well. I had an ER book that needed serious work in order to get it into publishable shape. The publishing house had only printed her book, and I suspect the publishing house in question may have lived in the author's computer.
It's easier today to get a book released than it is to seriously rewrite and polish a book. And if an author can't spare the time, I'm disinclined to do so.
57> I know of the "Rule of Fifty", but I find that with e-books it's much harder to do. Not all e-books have page numbers, some just have 'locations' and those are not at all comparable. Also, if a book fails to hold my attention, should I read 50 pages of it? Maybe I should, just to give it a fair chance, but there are so many other books out there.
58> Yes, the books that I put away would be ones I'd pick up in a bookstore because they sounded interesting. And they weren't badly written the way some e-books are - they just didn't hold my attention, I guess.
EDITED TO ADD:
On another note, The Winter King was not available at the library, so that leaves me without a book for this month. I don't have any other TBR historical books that would qualify, I'm afraid.
I'm really glad this month's Seasons theme led me back to Deborah Woodworth's Sister Rose Callahan series set among Shakers in the Depression era. The first three books in the series have seasons in their titles. I had already read the first two, and the third, Sins of a Shaker Summer, was languishing in my TBR stash. I enjoyed my return visit with Sister Rose and her Kentucky Shaker community.
I had a copy of Winter in Madrid by C.J. Sansom. It's set during WWII in Spain, which fits the bill perfectly. The writing is adequate, the characters have been pulled off of the shelf from the British Stereotypes store (really, I'm not exaggerating, although the lone female character is more of a Mary Sue by way of a Katherine Heigel rom-com), but the history and setting are making it worth reading.
First read: Playing the Enemy: Nelson Mandela and the Game that Made a Nation by John Carlin
I'm going with Rugby Season on this one! I had a harder time finishing it that I expected. It was a good story, but I'm glad I switched my pick for book club. I enjoyed this one, but wow, so many names to keep track of! I thought it would be more of a narrative style and not so much a journalistic style. I think I will enjoy the movie more. Very inspirational in parts, but quite a slog to get through in other parts. I'm glad I stuck with it. As always, very impressed by Nelson Mandela and glad to read more about him. We didn't get deep into rugby until the last quarter of the book, which was not what I expected at all. Lots of politics instead.
I read Winter in Madrid for my book this month. I've posted the review on the book's page. The history part of the book was fascinating.
I managed to read a book for each of the four seasons this month:
Summer - The Last Summer by Judith Kinghorn
Autumn - The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell
Winter - A Spell of Winter by Helen Dunmore
Spring - Cold Spring Harbor by Richard Yates
Reviews for each are over on my thread.
Well, with almost 1500 books in my LT catalog it was really rather easy to find titles that worked. :)
I'm very impressed too HRO. I am still wading my way through book number 1 for this month.
I'm very impressed by HRO's reading books covering all four seasons! I barely got through the one I read, believe me this is one everyone should miss. The Land of Summer by Charlotte Bingham was a huge disappointment especially as I have read this author before and quite enjoyed her work.
Great idea to read one book for each season, HRO! Wish I'd thought of it. :)
I finally managed to read a "seasonal" book, Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson. It's a YA novel about a girl who spends the summer at a lake house with her family because her dad has been diagnosed with cancer. Given the subject matter, it's obviously very sad in places, but it's also well-written and touching. I'd recommend it to YA fans.
I thought I wasn't going to have a book for this month's theme, because Gold Under Ice turned out to be a DNF, and The Winter King was unavailable at the library. But, unexpectedly, The Winter King became available this weekend, so I picked it up. I'm not sure if I'll manage to finish it before the month ends, though. So I might be a little late this time.
My read for this month's theme was Monsoon by Wilbur Smith. I thought this was a fitting choice, especially once I looked up the definition of Monsoon with Oxford online:
a seasonal prevailing wind in the region of South and South East Asia, blowing from the south-west between May and September and bringing rain (the wet monsoon), or from the north-east between October and April (the dry monsoon)
Anyway, the book was very long, which was by no means a bad thing. It is the story of 4 brothers living in England in the 18th century. The oldest brother is evil and conniving and is left to manage the family estate that he stands to inherit eventually. The younger three brothers set sail with their father to rid the the seas near Africa of the terrible pirate known as Al-Auf. The book is jam packed with adventure on the sea and on land. There are attacks, rescues and tragedies.
I have been a total book-head this afternoon ploughing through the last 100 pages of this novel. I will definitely be keeping this author on my radar for future reads.
I have to admit that I have made no progress on The Winter King by Bernard Cornwell. I'll keep trying though. I just did not find the time. Reading other stuff though!
I'm also still reading The Winter King, but since I don't have a book for the October team, I'll just keep reading :D.
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