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Old 04-03-2019, 05:11 PM   #31
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I loved the first one also and thought the second terrible; I was done at that point.
I also read the first Flavia de Luce book and liked it well enough, but for some reason I never continued with the series.

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As with Colfer, I'm intrigued by the Montefiore, as I've read and enjoyed some of his histories. And Mother Carey sounds like fun; more fun than Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, so I wonder why the latter is better known. As for AoGG, I read it so very many times that I still have it nearly memorized, decades later.
I haven't read Anne of Green Gables since I was a kid and don't remember it except in broad strokes; clearly it didn't capture my imagination at the time, but now? Who knows? I read My Side of the Mountain as an adult and didn't like it. I never read the Artemis Fowl books, but they're associated in my mind with Harry Potter, which is a negative for the author.

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Well, my daughter's choices do include Harry Potter, but only afterMy Side of the Mountain which is her all time favorite.
It's pretty good - I guess every kid has a fantasy about going off and living in the woods a la Robinson Crusoe. I did.

My daughter liked My Side of the Mountain too. So did I.
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It's pretty good - I guess every kid has a fantasy about going off and living in the woods a la Robinson Crusoe. I did.
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Old 04-04-2019, 12:30 AM   #34
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Well, my daughter's choices do include Harry Potter, but only afterMy Side of the Mountain which is her all time favorite. I don't think I have read it. Her other option was The Hiding Place. I need to do some searching on availability (but I don't expect any issues) before making a formal nomination.
I was going to nominate My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George but, again, it's not available in Kindle format, at least not in the US. Ugh.

I don't really want to read The Hiding Place and I promised I wouldn't nominate any Harry Potter , so when asked again she added The Chronicles of Narnia and Anne of Green Gables.
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I will nominate The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis.

Not only is it one of my eldest daughter's favorite books it is one of mine. This is also the first book that I ever read on my own. Well, my mother started reading it to me at bed time one chapter a night. After about 2 or 3 days that was unacceptable. I ended up finishing it on my own the next day. I've been hooked on reading ever since.

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Narnia .... a land frozen in eternal winter ... a country waiting to be set free.

Four adventurers step through a wardrobe door and into the land of Narnia -- a land enslaved by the power of the White Witch. But when almost all hope is lost, the return of the Great Lion, Aslan, signals a great change ... and a great sacrifice.
Recently this book has been called the second book in the Chronicles of Narnia but it was the first published book. And more to the point, it is a much better read than the chronologically first book The Magician's Nephew.

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Well, that could be fun, as I have never read any of that series.

I second The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.
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I will nominate The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis.

Not only is it one of my eldest daughter's favorite books it is one of mine. This is also the first book that I ever read on my own. Well, my mother started reading it to me at bed time one chapter a night. After about 2 or 3 days that was unacceptable. I ended up finishing it on my own the next day. I've been hooked on reading ever since.

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Recently this book has been called the second book in the Chronicles of Narnia but it was the first published book. And more to the point, it is a much better read than the chronologically first book The Magician's Nephew.
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I will second Airman. It looks interesting, and is reasonably inexpensive, which is good because it isn't available at either of my libraries.
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I will third the Narnia series. Definitely “the second book” is a better pick than The Magician’s Nephew.
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I'm nominating One Night in Winter (2014) by Simon Sebag Montefiore.



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You do realize that this book is the third book in the series, Moscow Trilogy? The first was a book called 'Sashenka'. I've read the whole series, quite good. Sashenka is about a you girl with aristocratic parents whose uncle is a communist. She gets caught up in the Russian Revolution (knowingly) and highly influenced by her uncle. She becomes a dyed-in-the-wool communist.

Red Sky at Noon, the second book, is also quite good, but doesn't fit the category. The first does, however.

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You do realize that this book is the third book in the series, Moscow Trilogy? The first was a book called 'Sashenka'. I've read the whole series, quite good. Sashenka is about a you girl with aristocratic parents whose uncle is a communist. She gets caught up in the Russian Revolution (knowingly) and highly influenced by her uncle. She becomes a dyed-in-the-wool communist.

Red Sky at Noon, the second book, is also quite good, but doesn't fit the category. The first does, however.
Fantastic Fiction and other sources show One Night in Winter as the second book in trilogy. When I researched it before nominating, I got the strong impression that the three books shared the same setting and general time period, but were otherwise unrelated. Is that not the case?

I considered Sashenka but rejected it for this category based the description of the book starting with a 16-year-old and then jumping ahead 20 years--that seemed to give it a different focus. Plus I was more intrigued by the story line of One Night.
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Fantastic Fiction and other sources show One Night in Winter as the second book in trilogy. When I researched it before nominating, I got the strong impression that the three books shared the same setting and general time period, but were otherwise unrelated. Is that not the case?

I considered Sashenka but rejected it for this category based the description of the book starting with a 16-year-old and then jumping ahead 20 years--that seemed to give it a different focus. Plus I was more intrigued by the story line of One Night.
I've seen it both as second and third. From a timeline perspective, Sashenka is prerevolution through the revolution. Yes, she does become and adult later in the book. I don't remember the final time frame of the book, but Stalin was in charge at the end, so that puts in at least to the start of his reign. Red Sky at noon takes place in WWII. The protagonist is a man who had an affair with Sashenka in the first book. She doesn't appear and it can be read independently. He's in the Siberian work camps and applies to be in a division of criminals along the southern front as Hitler approaches Stalingrad. One night in Winter is post WWII. Benya Golden, the central character from book Red Sky at Noon, now teaches literature in Moscow at the elite school all the top communists send their kids. (He's earned his forgiveness. It sure is alot about the kids, but I'm still not sure it fits the category.

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I've seen it both as second and third. From a timeline perspective, Sashenka is prerevolution throught the revolution. Yes, she does become and adult later in the book. I don't remember the final time frame of the book, but Stalin was in charge at the end, so that puts in at least to the start of his reign. Red Sky at noon takes place in WWII. The protagonist is a man who had an affair with Sashenka in the first book. She doesn't appear and it can be read independently. He's in the Siberian work camps and applies to be in a division of criminals along the southern front as Hitler approaches Stalingrad. One nite in Winter is post WWII. Benya Golden, the central character from book Red Sky at Noon, now teaches literature in Moscow at the elite school all the top communists send their kids. (He's earned his forgiveness. It sure is alot about the kids, but I'm still not sure it fits the category.
I'm confused. I thought your concern was that my nomination wasn't the first book of the series. But now you think it doesn't fit the category even though it's about young people? I haven't read it; I'm going off the blurbs. But if the focus is children and teenagers, why doesn't it fit?
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I agree with this statement. I adored the first one. .....You should give the books a try, Victoriia. Especially if you like precocious young lady detectives with a mind for science.
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For my 3rd vote, I’m going to nominate A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L’Engle.

It’s a book I’ve always loved, and I think could be interesting to discuss. You’re all probably be familiar with it already, but this is a short description from Goodreads:

“Out of this wild night, a strange visitor comes to the Murry house and beckons Meg, her brother Charles Wallace, and their friend Calvin O'Keefe on a most dangerous and extraordinary adventure - one that will threaten their lives and our universe.

Winner of the 1963 Newbery Medal, A Wrinkle in Time is the first book in Madeleine L'Engle's classic Time Quintet.”

It seems to be available from all the usual sources. In terms of costs:
Kobo:$11 AUD; $14 NZD $8 Cdn; $7 US; £2UK; sorry, it seems a bit high in New Zealand, but I’m not really familiar yet with how prices compare with Cdn.

Kindle: $8 CDN; $7 US; £2 UK; $11 AUD; I’m sorry but I couldn’t check the New Zealand kindle price - Amazon kept recognizing me and booting me back to my store! Infuriating!
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