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BOTM:Suggestions, ideas and opinions

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Libra

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A member had some ideas about BOTM and how it would be nice to be ahead,choose our next 4-6 months for BOTM.

Her idea was to each choose our top 20 from our TBR lists and post them,then compare lists for same titles.


Use this thread to make suggestions or any ideas you have.We tried once before picking different genres,we could try again.What say you?
 

oskylad

Member
I like the idea of scheduling ahead. It would help me on my reading plan as I often lack the time to read the selected books under the current process.

I also like the idea of having different genres and including the classics and more current writings.
 

Fantasy Moon

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Twenty books from our TBR piles seems a little much... maybe ten would be better? I think that choosing genres or themes would be something good to try again as it often seems the suggestions run the gauntlet.
 

Libra

Active Member
I think we should start from 10 top books each and go from there.What do you guys think?
 

oskylad

Member
Letters and Papers from Prison by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather
The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler
The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser
Daniel Deronda by George Eliot
The Great Gatsby by Scott Fitzgerald
The Heart of the Matter by Graham Greene
The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Marquez
 

Landslide

Well-Known Member
Here's my suggestions:

- The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne
- The Stone Raft, by José Saramago
- One Hundred Years of Solitude, by Gabriel García Márquez
- Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen
- Invisible Cities, by Italo Calvino
- Breakfast at Tiffany’s, by Truman Capote
- The Shining, by Stephen King
- Esther's Inheritance, by Sándor Márai
- Bel-Ami, by Guy de Maupassant
- Mrs Dalloway, by Virginia Woolf
 

Anamnesis

Active Member
Emma by Jane Austen
An American Dream by Norman Mailer
Hyperion by Dan Simmons
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt
A Widow for One Year by John Irving
The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga
Mr. X by Peter Straub
The Hunger by Whitley Streiber
From a Buick 8 by Stephen King
The Electric Koolaid Acid Dream Test by Tom Wolfe
 

dude

Member
Here's my suggestions:

- Breakfast at Tiffany’s, by Truman Capote

Me too :)


My ten:

Leviathan - Paul Auster
A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail - Bill Bryson
Breakfast at Tiffany's - Truman Capote
The Big Nowhere - James Ellroy
The Demon - Hubert Selby Jr
Letting Go - Phillip Roth
A Tale of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
Deadwood - Pete Dexter
Middlesex - Jeffrey Eugenides
The Jungle - Upton Sinclair
 

Fantasy Moon

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The Iliad - Homer
20th Century Ghosts - Joe Hill
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls
Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All
The Longest Raid of the Civil War
Pride of Carthage
The Treasure - Iris Johansen
A Civil War Treasury of Tales, Legends, and Folklore
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
The Hound of the Baskervilles
 

joderu95

New Member
The Living - Annie Dillard
Glamorama or Lunar Park - Bret Easton Ellis
The Third Policman - Flann O'Brien
The Rabbit Factory - Larry Brown
Perdido Street Station - China Mieville
Dead Souls - Nikolai Gogol
anything by Ian Banks except The Wasp Factory (already read it)
Summer of Night - Dan Simmons
Watership Down - Richard Adams
The Dispossessed - Ursual K. Le Guin
 

Barbara Lane

New Member
I only listen to Audios.
I have over 1000 on audio cd in the cupboard waiting for my retirement. So sad to say most of the above suggested I don't have. So will suggest first the ones I have from the already suggested. Then I will list ones that friends of mine who have listed their top 25 favourite books and interestingly some titles keep on popping up as their most memorable top books ever.

from above that I have now and have not listened to

Peridido Street Station - China Mieville
Hyperion - Dan Simmons

from my friends recommendations of 5 star stories I have all of these
and am ready to go on any that you choose

DAUGHTER OF TIME by Josephine Tey
THE MOONSTONE by Wilkie Collins
FAREWELL MY LOVELY by Raymond Chandler
A MORNING FOR FLAMINGOES by James Lee Burke
THE FORGOTTEN GARDEN by Kate Morton
DUNE by Frank Herbert
THE MESSENGER by James Silva
SHADOW OF THE WIND Carlos Ruis Safon
SHELLSEEKERS by Rosamund Pilcher
DEAD SLEEP by Greg Iles
ONE STEP BEHIND by Henning Mankell
THE BLACK TOWER by Louis Bayard
GENTLEMAN AND PLAYERS by Joanne Harris
DARK FIRE C J Sansom
THE BLACK ECHO by Michael Connelly
THE BLUE HOUR by T Jefferson Parker
 

dude

Member
Me too :)


My ten:

Leviathan - Paul Auster
A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail - Bill Bryson
Breakfast at Tiffany's - Truman Capote
The Big Nowhere - James Ellroy
The Demon - Hubert Selby Jr
Letting Go - Phillip Roth
A Tale of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
Deadwood - Pete Dexter
Middlesex - Jeffrey Eugenides
The Jungle - Upton Sinclair

Ok, I didn't notice that Middlesex has already been discussed. I'll replace it with The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
 

oskylad

Member
Maybe at some point we can each remove books from our list of ten in order to double-up on books from someone else's list.
 

Barbara Lane

New Member
from everyones else list I choose

Peridido Street Station - China Mieville 5 star
Hyperion - Dan Simmons 5 star
From a Buick 8 - stephen King 3 star

I have these three now If I had only one choice I know 4 people who recommended
Hyperion so I would vote for that one.

out of my list they have been all 5 star recommended stories and I have them all
so any would suit.

We all could vote on everyone elses list and choose 3 titles only from anyones list
then Libra could add them up and announce the most popular.
(just a thought??!!)
Barb down Under
 
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