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View Poll Results: Which book shall we read for February's discussion?
Portrait of Jennie by Robert Nathan 13 20.63%
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov 14 22.22%
Circle of Friends by Maeve Binchy 5 7.94%
The Greatest Knight by Elizabeth Chadwick 8 12.70%
Shards of Honor by Lois McMaster Bujold 10 15.87%
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon 14 22.22%
Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen 10 15.87%
A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute 24 38.10%
Love Story by Erich Segal 11 17.46%
Stardust by Neil Gaiman 22 34.92%
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Old 01-28-2013, 09:42 PM   #151
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Banned Books would be better for August. I'd rather not have that for my birth month.
September. I'd be very happy reading banned books for my birth month.

Science Fiction for July
Nonfiction for August
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Young Adult for November (which skews toward shorter books; easier on holiday schedules)
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Old 01-28-2013, 09:47 PM   #152
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September. I'd be very happy reading banned books for my birth month.

Science Fiction for July
Nonfiction for August
Banned Books for September
Fantasy for October (which allows most horror to sneak in on technicalities)
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Old 01-28-2013, 10:00 PM   #155
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September. I'd be very happy reading banned books for my birth month.

Science Fiction for July
Nonfiction for August
Banned Books for September
Fantasy for October (which allows most horror to sneak in on technicalities)
Young Adult for November (which skews toward shorter books; easier on holiday schedules)
Free-for-All for December
August is a summer month. We don't have time to do non-fiction in the summer. We don't want horror for October because the winners have all been old and crap. But because it's Modern Literature and something Horrorish does win, at least it might be decent because it's not old dull.

Science Fiction for July
Banned Books for August
Fantasy for September
Modern Literature for October (written in the past 10 years)
Non-Fiction for November
Young Adult for December

That is the list. We have to counter Classics and thus Modern Literature has to happen. We have to have non-fiction in November because it fits best there. September is my month and I want Fantasy. December can have Young Adult so we don't get the same problem as last December.

So there we go. The proper list.

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Old 01-28-2013, 10:09 PM   #156
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As a substitute teacher, August is the BEST time for Non-Fiction, as its after the summer vacation rush and teachers are usually still off from work. Plu, it might be fun to back up Science Fiction, with Scientific Fact!
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I find its better to have the bigger books when it's cold out. Then it's a good reason to stay in and read.
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Except there's no time to stay in and read. Besides...I'm in Florida...its cold (for us) NOW.
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Except there's no time to stay in and read. Besides...I'm in Florida...its cold (for us) NOW.
(except I'm not in Florida...)
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I'm not in Florida and it is cold here now. But all the cold months (before spring) have already been taken.
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BelleZora, if you're interested in discussing Lolita, perhaps you can make a thread in the main Reading Recommendations subforum and I'll join you there (maybe a few of the other pedophiles* would also be interested).
Excellent suggestion. However, I have a very sick daughter and my life goes from one crisis to the next so that I am hesitant to take any sort of initiative or make any commitment. I'm more comfortable just waiting for someone else to create that thread or make that nomination. Or not.

I'm grateful for MR, the book club, and the lifelong habit of reading. How wonderful to set our own difficulties and sorrows aside in the hours spent reading.
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BelleZora, if you're interested in discussing Lolita, perhaps you can make a thread in the main Reading Recommendations subforum and I'll join you there (maybe a few of the other pedophiles* would also be interested).
I would agree with BelleZora that a special thread could be a possibility--though I can certainly understand why s/he might not find time to make a commitment now.

An alternative would be to nominate it for the Literary Club where it certainly fulfills the requirements of being a literary masterpiece. I suspect that it would have a good chance of being chosen.
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An alternative would be to nominate it for the Literary Club where it certainly fulfills the requirements of being a literary masterpiece. I suspect that it would have a good chance of being chosen.
Good suggestion.
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I agree also. Presumably there isn't a rule about nominating a book in the Literary Book Club when it has recently been nominated in the regular Club?
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