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Old 05-30-2014, 11:38 AM   #1
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This is a list of all the books that have been selected for the MobileRead Book Club with links to the discussion threads.

For the Literary Book Club see the The MR Literary Club • Welcome, Information & General Discussion thread.

2008
November: Fiction - A Passage to India by E.M. Forster
December: MR Classic - Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle

2009
January: Science Fiction - The Time Traders by Andre Norton
February: MR Contemporary - Refuge by Richard Herley
March: Nonfiction - Professor and the Mad Man by Simon Winchester
April: MR Author - Neptune Crossing by Jeffrey A. Carver
May: Horror - Dracula by Bram Stoker
June: MR Classic - King Solomon's Mines by H. Rider Haggard
July: Humor - Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K Jerome
August: Contemporary - Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
September: Mystery - The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie
October: MR Author - Flashforward by Robert J. Sawyer, Also: Verdant Skies by Steve Jordan
November: Classic - The Trial by Frans Kafka
December: 2nd Chance: Runners-up - Murder Must Advertise by Dorothy Sayers

2010
January: Science Fiction - The Machine Stops by E.M. Forster
February: Romance - Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
March: Nonfiction (tie) - The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson and Stiff by Mary Roach
April: Humor - The Egg and I by Betty MacDonald
May: Classic - The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne
June: Thriller/Suspense - The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan
July: Fantasy (trees/magic) - Sheepfarmer's Daugher by Elizabeth Moon
August: Free For All - The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler
September: Mystery/Crime - Killing Floor by Lee Child
October: Horror - Risen by Jan Strnad
November: Science Fiction - Old Man's War by John Scalzi
December: Classic - The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins

2011
January: 2nd Chance: Runners-up - The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
February: Romance - A Room With A View by E.M. Forster
March: Nonfiction - The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin by Benjamin Franklin
April: Humor - Hal Spacejock 01 by Simon Haynes
May: Classic - Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
June: Thriller/Suspense - Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett
July: Fantasy (trees/magic) - The Name of the Wind: The Kingkiller Chronicle: Day One by Patrick Rothfuss
August: Free For All - Slaughterhouse Five by Kurk Vonnegut
September: Mystery/Crime - The Chinese Maze Murders by Robert van Gulik
October: Horror - The Island of Dr. Moreau by H. G. Wells
November: Science Fiction - A Canticle For Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller
December: Classic - A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

2012
* Voting was visible.
January*: Runner Up - Black Rain by Masuji Ibuse
February: Romance - Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
March: Thriller/Suspense - Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane
April*: Humour - The Princess Bride by William Goldman
May: Fantasy - Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
June: Classic - Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott
July: Mystery/Crime - Crocodile on the Sandbank by Elizabeth Peters
August*: Free For All - The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
September: Nonfiction - A Thousand Miles Up the Nile by Amelia Edwards
October: Horror - Carmilla by J. Sheridan LeFanu
November: Science Fiction - Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
December*: Classic - Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton

2013
January: Second Chance - Persuasion by Jane Austen
February: Romance - A Town Like Alice by Neville Shute
March: Travel/Adventure - Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne
April: Classics - A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
May: Mystery/Thriller - The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler
June: Award Winners - The Swerve: How the World Became Modern by Stephen Greenblatt
July: Non-fiction - Fanny and Stella by Neil McKenna
August: Science Fiction - Doomsday Book by Connie Willis
September: Banned/Challenged Books - The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie
October: Patricia Clark Memorial Library - Dr. Izard by Anna Katherine Green
November: Foreign (originally non-English) - The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
December: Short Stories - Dubliners by James Joyce

2014
January: Second Chance - All Quite on the Western Front by Erich Maria Rema (Nominations)(Vote)
February: Romance - Outlander by Diana Gabaldon (Nominations)(Vote)
March: Travel/Adventure - On the Trail of Genghis Khan by Tim Cope (Nominations)(Vote)
April: Classics - The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde (Nominations)(Vote)
May: Mystery/Thriller - The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith (Nominations)(Vote)
June: Award Winners - Hyperion by Dan Simmons (Nominations)(Vote)
July: Non-fiction - Rites of Spring: The Great War and the Birth of the Modern Age by Modris Eksteins (Nominations)(Vote)
August: Science Fiction - The Dispossessed by Ursula K Le Guin (Nominations)(Vote)
September: Banned/Challenged Books - The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck (Nominations)(Vote)
October: Patricia Clark Memorial Library -
November: Foreign (originally non-English) -
December: Short Stories -

2015
January: Second Chance
February: Romance
March: Travel/Adventure
April: Classics
May: Mystery/Thriller
June: Award Winners
July: Non-fiction
August: Science Fiction
September: Banned/Challenged Books
October: Patricia Clark Memorial Library
November: Foreign (originally non-English)
December: Short Stories

Thank you Elfwreck for starting and maintaining this list for so long!

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2014 runner-ups to be used in January 2015 are:
January: Second Chance
N/A - They've had their (second) chance.

February: Romance
The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
Zola (Exclusive)
Spoiler:
Full Description (from Zola):

The Time Traveler’s Wife, one of the best romance books of all time, is now available as an eBook!

Audrey Niffenegger's dazzling debut is the story of Clare, a beautiful, strong-minded art student, and Henry, an adventuresome librarian, who have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was thirty-six, and were married when Clare was twenty-three and Henry thirty-one. Impossible but true, because Henry is one of the first people diagnosed with Chrono-Displacement Disorder: his genetic clock randomly resets and he finds himself misplaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity from his life, past and future. His disappearances are spontaneous and unpredictable, and lend a spectacular urgency to Clare and Henry's unconventional love story. That their attempt to live normal lives together is threatened by something they can neither prevent nor control makes their story intensely moving and entirely unforgettable.

Plus, the long-awaited sequel to Audrey Niffenegger’s time-traveling love story is finally here!

The ebook includes the first 25 pages of Niffeneger’s sequel featuring Henry and Clare’s daughter, Alba. Gifted with Clare’s beauty and Henry’s unique abilities, Alba finds herself caught between her real-time husband, Zach, and her other husband, Oliver, a fellow time-traveler and musician.

Get your ebook today and dive into this classic romance novel. Find the rest of Audrey Niffenegger’s books here and more of the best love story books. Shop eBooks today!

March: Travel/Adventure
The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe
Amazon Ca / Amazon US / Barnes & Noble / Kobo
Spoiler:
From National Geographic:

With all the flash and fireworks of Wolfe's writing, it's easy to overlook that, at bottom, he's a great reporter. And this long and intimate look into the lives, minds, and deeds of the men who rode the first American rockets into space remains Wolfe's best book and the first true classic from the dawn of space exploration. The race with the Russians, the dauntless Chuck Yeager—Wolfe piles story upon story, and the pile glows.
Bantam, 1996.

April: Classics
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
Patricia Clark Memorial Library: Oz Omnibus: BBeB/LRF (Illustrated) / ePub / Kindle / Kindle (Illustrated)
Spoiler:
We all know and love the movie, but as we all know "the book is always better than the movie". Let's find out if that is true and discuss together...

May: Mystery/Thriller
Cocaine Blues (Phryne Fisher #1) by Kerry Greenwood
Amazon US / Kobo
Spoiler:
The Amazon description:
From Publishers Weekly
The growing American audience for Phryne Fisher, Australian author Greenwood's independent 1920s female sleuth, will be delighted that her diverting first mystery is finally available in the U.S. Fisher's off-the-cuff solving of a high society jewel theft leads her to her first professional engagement when a witness to her brilliance asks her to investigate a possible poisoning-in-progress. The detective's admirable willingness to intervene to help those in distress involves her in a variety of other puzzles, including identifying the King of Snow, who has taken over the Melbourne drug trade. Many of the members of Fisher's entourage familiar from later novels make their debuts as well.

From Booklist
Australian Greenwood has been exporting her outstanding Phryne Fisher series to the U.S. for the past several years, but the books haven't arrived in chronological order. Finally, we have the series debut, which explains how the irrepressible flapper (the series is set in the 1920s) became a detective. Phryne fans will relish the chance to see how beloved characters like Bert, Cec, Dot, and Inspector Robinson wandered into Phryne's life, and newcomers will enjoy getting to know ultrafashionable Phryne, who's wealthy enough to do whatever she wants but whose previous poverty has created a strong empathy for the working class. In Melbourne to investigate the mysterious illness of the daughter of a family friend, Phryne stumbles into a case involving two of the 1920s' signature evils: cocaine and back-alley abortions. Banding together with a crew of colorful local characters, and finding time to indulge in some erotic fun with a sexy Russian dancer, Phryne soon leaves her mark on Melbourne. From beginning to end, Greenwood infuses her series with evocative settings, multidimensional characters, and satisfying mysteries.

June: Award Winners
Starship Troopers by Robert Heinlein
Amazon US
Spoiler:
In one of Robert Heinlein's most controversial bestsellers, a recruit of the future goes through the toughest boot camp in the Universe--and into battle with the Terran Mobile Infantry against mankind's most frightening enemy.

July: Non-fiction
Your Inner Fish: A Journey into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body by Neil Shubin
Amazon Au / Amazon Ca / Amazon UK / Amazon US / Barnes & Noble / Google Play
Spoiler:
Amazon.com Review
Oliver Sacks on Your Inner Fish:
(Since the 1970 publication of Migraine, neurologist Oliver Sacks's unusual and fascinating case histories of "differently brained" people and phenomena—a surgeon with Tourette's syndrome, a community of people born totally colorblind, musical hallucinations, to name a few--have been marked by extraordinary compassion and humanity, focusing on the patient as much as the condition. His books include The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, Awakenings (which inspired the Oscar-nominated film), and 2007's Musicophilia. He lives in New York City, where he is Professor of Clinical Neurology at Columbia University.)

Your Inner Fish is my favorite sort of book—an intelligent, exhilarating, and compelling scientific adventure story, one which will change forever how you understand what it means to be human.

The field of evolutionary biology is just beginning an exciting new age of discovery, and Neil Shubin's research expeditions around the world have redefined the way we now look at the origins of mammals, frogs, crocodiles, tetrapods, and sarcopterygian fish—and thus the way we look at the descent of humankind. One of Shubin's groundbreaking discoveries, only a year and a half ago, was the unearthing of a fish with elbows and a neck, a long-sought evolutionary "missing link" between creatures of the sea and land-dwellers.

My own mother was a surgeon and a comparative anatomist, and she drummed it into me, and into all of her students, that our own anatomy is unintelligible without a knowledge of its evolutionary origins and precursors. The human body becomes infinitely fascinating with such knowledge, which Shubin provides here with grace and clarity. Your Inner Fish shows us how, like the fish with elbows, we carry the whole history of evolution within our own bodies, and how the human genome links us with the rest of life on earth.

Shubin is not only a distinguished scientist, but a wonderfully lucid and elegant writer; he is an irrepressibly enthusiastic teacher whose humor and intelligence and spellbinding narrative make this book an absolute delight. Your Inner Fish is not only a great read; it marks the debut of a science writer of the first rank.

August: Science Fiction
The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
Amazon US / Barnes & Noble / Kobo
Spoiler:
The Time Traveller, a dreamer obsessed with traveling through time, builds himself a time machine and, much to his surprise, travels over 800,000 years into the future. He lands in the year 802701: the world has been transformed by a society living in apparent harmony and bliss, but as the Traveler stays in the future he discovers a hidden barbaric and depraved subterranean class. Wells's transparent commentary on the capitalist society was an instant bestseller and launched the time-travel genre.

September: Banned/Challenged Books
The Giver by Lois Lowry
Amazon US / Goodreads
Spoiler:
From Goodreads:

Jonas' world is perfect. Everything is under control. There is no war or fear or pain. There are no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the Community. When Jonas turns twelve, he is singled out to receive special training from The Giver. The Giver alone holds the memories of the true pain and pleasure of life. Now, it is time for Jonas to receive the truth. There is no turning back.
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Amazon Ca / Amazon UK / Amazon US / Angus & Robertson / B&N / Google Play / Kobo US / Overdrive
Spoiler:
Harper Lee's Pulitzer prize-winning masterwork of honor and injustice in the deep south—and the heroism of one man in the face of blind and violent hatred, available now for the first time as an e-book.

One of the best-loved stories of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird has been translated into more than forty languages, sold more than thirty million copies worldwide, served as the basis for an enormously popular motion picture, and was voted one of the best novels of the twentieth century by librarians across the country. A gripping, heart-wrenching, and wholly remarkable tale of coming-of-age in a South poisoned by virulent prejudice, it views a world of great beauty and savage inequities through the eyes of a young girl, as her father-a crusading local lawyer-risks everything to defend a black man unjustly accused of a terrible crime.

October: Patricia Clark Memorial Library
November: Foreign (originally non-English)
December: Short Stories

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Since I haven't gotten into a routine with this yet, please let me know if there is anything else that you would like to see in this thread.

I added the second post here to help out WT Sharpe in January, I figured out how much work just keeping track of the nominations are each month when I did that for June, so I thought I could help him out a little.
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It looks like a good list of genre's and book choices Dazrin.
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Updated w/ July discussion and August nomination thread.

I have been updating the first post here as new threads are created (nominations/votes/discussion), should I add a comment when I do that? Or is just keeping it up-to-date enough? What does everyone prefer for this thread?
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