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Old 01-20-2011, 07:24 PM   #1
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February 2011 Book Club Nominations

Help us select the next book that the Mobile Read book club will read for February 2011.

The nominations will run through Jan 25 or until 10 books have made the list.
Voting (new poll thread) will run for 5 days starting Jan 25.

Book selection category for February per the "official" club opening thread is:

February 2011
Romance


In order for a book to be included in the poll it needs THREE NOMINATIONS (original nomination, a second and a third).

How Does This Work?
The Mobile Read Book Club (MRBC) is an informal club that requires nothing of you. Each month a book is selected by polling. On the last week of that month a discussion thread is started for the book. If you want to participate feel free. There is no need to "join" or sign up. All are welcome.

How Does a Book Get Selected?
Each book that is nominated will be listed in a pool at the end of the nomination period. The book that polls the most votes will be the official selection.

How Many Nominations Can I Make?
Each participant has 3 nominations. You can nominate a new book for consideration or nominate (second, third) one that has already been nominated by another person.

How Do I Nominate a Book?
Please just post a message with your nomination. If you are the FIRST to nominate a book, please try to provide an abstract to the book so others may consider their level of interest.

How Do I Know What Has Been Nominated?
Just follow the thread. This message will be updated with the status of the nominations as often as I can. If one is missed, please just post a message with a multi-quote of the 3 nominations and it will be added to the list ASAP.

When is the Poll?
The poll thread will open at the end of the nomination period, or once there have been 10 books with 3 nominations each. At that time a link to the poll thread will be posted here and this thread will be closed.

The floor is open to nominations.


Official choices each with three nominations:
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Old 01-20-2011, 09:06 PM   #2
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Nothing personal, but I'll be skipping February's Book Club. I'm just not a "Romance" sort of guy.

Ok, maybe that didn't come across quite right.. I can be a romantic, but I don't read "Romance Novels".
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OK Ladies! My vote is for sale!

What are you offering?
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Old 01-20-2011, 11:40 PM   #4
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I haven't read a Romance novel since high-school, so I'm looking forward to the nominations/recommendations.
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Old 01-20-2011, 11:52 PM   #5
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Skipping this one as well.
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Old 01-21-2011, 02:02 AM   #6
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I'd like to nominate two books. The first is my favorite book, Jane Eyre, and the second has been on my TBR list for a while, The Time Traveler's Wife.

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Early responses to Jane Eyre, first published in 1847, were mixed. Some held the book to be anti-Christian, others were disturbed by a heroine so proud, self-willed, and essentially unfeminine. The modern reader may well have trouble understanding what all the fuss was about. On the surface a fairly conventional Gothic romance (poor orphan governess is hired by rich, brooding Byronic hero-type), Jane Eyre hardly seems the stuff from which revolutions are made. But the story is very much about the nature of human freedom and equality, and if Jane was seen as something of a renegade in nineteenth-century England, it is because her story is that of a woman who struggles for self-definition and determination in a society that too often denies her that right. But self-determination does not mean untrammeled freedom for men or women. Rochester, that thorny masculine beast whom Jane eventually falls for, is a man who sets his own laws and manipulates the lives of those around him; before he can enter into a marriage of equals with Jane he must undergo a spiritual transformation. Should the lesson sound dry, it's not. Jane Eyre is full of drama: fires, storms, attempted murder, and a mad wife conveniently stashed away in the attic. This is very sexy stuff - another reason Victorian critics weren't quite sure what to make of it. --500 Great Books by Women

The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

On the surface, Henry and Clare Detamble are a normal couple living in Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood. Henry works at the Newberry Library and Clare creates abstract paper art, but the cruel reality is that Henry is a prisoner of time. It sweeps him back and forth at its leisure, from the present to the past, with no regard for where he is or what he is doing. It drops him naked and vulnerable into another decade, wearing an age-appropriate face. In fact, it's not unusual for Henry to run into the other Henry and help him out of a jam. Sound unusual? Imagine Clare Detamble's astonishment at seeing Henry dropped stark naked into her parents' meadow when she was only six. Though, of course, until she came of age, Henry was always the perfect gentleman and gave young Clare nothing but his friendship as he dropped in and out of her life. It's no wonder that the film rights to this hip and urban love story have been acquired. --Elsa Gaztambide, Booklist
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Old 01-21-2011, 02:24 AM   #7
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I'd like to nominate Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. It's been on my TBR list for a while.

This stunning blend of historical romance and time traveling adventure has captured the hearts of millions of readers around the world and catapulted author Diana Gabaldon to the top of the New York Times best seller list. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love.
In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. Their blissful reunion is shattered when she touches a boulder in an ancient stone ruin and is instantly transported to 1743 Scotland, a place torn by war and raiding border clans. Will Claire find her way back to her own time, or is her destiny forever linked with Clan MacKenzie and the gallant James Fraser?
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Old 01-21-2011, 02:26 AM   #8
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I would like to nominate Second Sight by Amanda Quick.

Photographer Venetia Milton is a spinster by Victorian standards. Economically strapped, she's also the sole support of her aunt and younger siblings. Things start to look up when she is chosen to photograph a collection of artifacts belonging to the Arcane Society, a 200-year-old clandestine organization founded by an alchemist. The collection is housed in an isolated gothic mansion, and Venetia finds herself there in the company of handsome and mysterious Gabriel Jones. Deciding that it's now or never for love, Venetia seduces him, only to lose the man of her dreams in a fire set by a nefarious enemy. Venetia resourcefully moves on, opening a portrait shop and assuming the persona of Gabriel's grieving widow. The talented Mrs. Jones becomes the toast of London, a surprising turnaround, but not nearly as astonishing as Gabriel's reappearance, and the danger she finds herself in. Quick's latest is a clever and entertaining tale about secrets, from a secret society to secret powers to a secret theft. Quick also slips in serious observations about the status of women, debunking the all-too-common assumption that feminism isn't alive and well in the romance genre. With her witty dialogue, multidimensional characters complete with eccentricities and psychic abilities, clever plotting, and generous humor, the perennially popular Quick has penned another surefire winner. --Shelley Mosley, Booklist
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Old 01-21-2011, 03:33 AM   #9
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I nominate A Civil Campaign by Lois McMaster Bujold.

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Lord Miles Vorkosigan, youngest Imperial Auditor to be appointed by the Emperor since the Time of Isolation, has a problem all his new power can't solve: unrequited love for the beautiful Vor widow Ekaterin Vorsoisson. Ekaterin is violently allergic to marriage as a result of her first exposure. But as Miles learned from his late career in galactic covert ops, if a frontal assault won't do, go to subterfuge. He has a cunning plan . . .

Lord Mark Vorkosigan has a problem: his love for the sunny Kareen, daughter of Commodore Koudelka, has just become unrequited again. But if all his new money can't solve their dilemma, perhaps a judicious blending of science and entrepreneurial scheming might. He has a cunning plan . . .
Yes, it's part of a series. But I think it also holds up on its own, and is a Romance as well as Science Fiction.

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Old 01-21-2011, 03:43 AM   #10
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Soooo I'm wondering if these books can fly in this months vote:

Dead Until Dark (Southern Vampire Mysteries Book 1) - True Blood was based off of these books - Charlaine Harris

Bitten - The Otherworld Series Book 1 - Kelley Armstrong
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Old 01-21-2011, 05:02 AM   #11
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I was going to second The Time Traveller's Wife, but then I realized it's not available as an ebook. Is that a requirement?
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Old 01-21-2011, 08:29 AM   #12
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I would like to second Jane Eyre, especially since there is a movie adaptation coming out soon. While I rarely appreciate movie adaptations, I always appreciate the interest it generates in classic literature.
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Old 01-21-2011, 09:07 AM   #13
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I will third Jane Eyre. It has been on my TBR list as well.

I am also curious to know about the e-book requirement.

As one who has read 9 out of the 10 Southern Vampire books, I, personally, would not classify them as "Romance". They are definitely in the Fantasy/Supernatural genre with a love story element.

I would put J.R. Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood series in the "Romance" section, however.
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Old 01-21-2011, 09:47 AM   #14
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I'll nominate Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë. From Wiki:

"The name of the novel comes from the Yorkshire manor on the moors on which the story centres (as an adjective; wuthering is a Yorkshire word referring to turbulent weather). The narrative tells the tale of the all-encompassing and passionate, yet thwarted, love between Heathcliff and Catherine Earnshaw, and how this unresolved passion eventually destroys them and many around them."
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Old 01-21-2011, 09:55 AM   #15
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When did we agree on romance for 2011?

Can we find a category that actually doesn't have a number of people saying no to?
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