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Tree Bee

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Having allowed the thread to sail over the horizon, for which I apologise, here is thread mark II.
We had nothing lined up for October (just as well!), but the rest of the year looks like this:

November - The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood led by QLib

December - Jacobsen will lead Winter Ghosts by Kate Mosse.

Suggestions for books to read in 2011 welcomed.

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"Player One" by Douglas Coupland?

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'Wolf Hall' by Hilary Mantel. A BIG book, but agripping read once you get going.

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Tree Bee

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Player One looks interesting. I can't see a publication date for the paperback.
Wolf Hall is one of those books that I mean to get around to reading;that's one good reason to put it on the book group programme!

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Sarasa
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Tree Bee said:
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Wolf Hall is one of those books that I mean to get around to reading;that's one good reason to put it on the book group programme!
I'd recommend reading it in paperback. The hardback version is a mini-course in weight-lfiting all by itself.

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Tree Bee

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quote:
Originally posted by Gussie:
Tree Bee said:
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Wolf Hall is one of those books that I mean to get around to reading;that's one good reason to put it on the book group programme!
I'd recommend reading it in paperback. The hardback version is a mini-course in weight-lfiting all by itself.
How about reading this in January?
Are you up for leading the thread Gussie?

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Sarasa
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Yep, I'd be happy to do Wolf Hall in January.

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Tree Bee

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Thanks Gussie.

Hence, the programme looks like this:

November - The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood led by QLib

December - Jacobsen will lead Winter Ghosts by Kate Mosse

January - Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel, led by Gussie.

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Tree Bee

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Our book for November will be The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood.
A dedicated thread for discussion will be started soon, either by me or QLib.

I'm currently reading The Help by Kathryn Stockett, and would like to suggest it for discussion.
Anyone interested?
(edited for spellin!)

[ 31. October 2010, 15:55: Message edited by: Tree Bee ]

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I'd like to read 'The Help'. A colleague at work whose addicted to her Kindle was reading it the other week, and recommended it.

I've just started reading The Belivers by Zoe Heller. Anyone else think this might be a good choice for next year?

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quote:
Originally posted by Tree Bee:
Our book for November will be The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood.
A dedicated thread for discussion will be started soon, either by me or QLib.

I'll start the thread, but not before the 1st Nov. It's a minor superstition: I'm afraid of falling through the cracks in the pavement and being eaten by bears.

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quote:
Originally posted by Tree Bee:

I'm currently reading The Help by Kathryn Stockett, and would like to suggest it for discussion.
Anyone interested?
(edited for spellin!)

The Help is an excellent book and I wouldn't mind reading it again for discussion purposes.

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Tree Bee

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Thanks, I'll put The Help in the programme for February:

December - Jacobsen will lead Winter Ghosts by Kate Mosse

January - Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel, led by Gussie.

February- The Help by Kathryn Stockett led by Tree Bee.

The Believers by Zoe Heller does look interesting. Shall I schedule it for March? Gussie, as you will be leading Wolf Hall in January, are you happy to lead this too, or shall I appeal for a volunteer?

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Wow! Just idly trawling through (I get time off from Purg Hosting for good behaviour) and discovered you'll be reading Wolf Hall. Brilliant book!

If you're into Tudor history fiction, I also recommend the C J Sansom "Shardlake" series. First book "Dissolution" is a very good opener to Sansom's enthralling stories set in Tudor England.

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Tree Bee Said:
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The Believers by Zoe Heller does look interesting. Shall I schedule it for March? Gussie, as you will be leading Wolf Hall in January, are you happy to lead this too, or shall I appeal for a volunteer?
I'm happy to lead it, but if someone else fancies leading, I'm equally happy to hand over to them.

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Tree Bee

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Thanks Gussie.
Anyone who'd like to lead the Believers thread, apply here!

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quote:
Originally posted by Tree Bee:


The Believers by Zoe Heller does look interesting. Shall I schedule it for March? Gussie, as you will be leading Wolf Hall in January, are you happy to lead this too, or shall I appeal for a volunteer?

Now my course is over, I hope to return to real life (TM).
The Believers is well worth reading and discussing.

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Anything by Murakami? He is available in translation here in the US and has become my second favourite writer after my brother-in-law. I'll give you an opinion of the suitability of his latest book after I get a bit farther along in it. (See Stop: what book are you reading today? thread)

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Let us know how you get on with After Dark Sir Kevin.
Or can you recommend one of Murakami's other books?
Norwegian Wood appeals to me for its Beatle connection!

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Wasn't sure where to put this but some of you may remember that during the discussion for 'Good to a Fault' earlier this year I found out that a close friend's fiance had been diagnosed with leukemia. I wanted to let you all know that his treatment has gone really well. He still needs to undergo a bone marrow transplant at the end of November - the hospital is using placental blood cells as they did not find a match for a traditional bone marrow transplant, but the doctors are confident that it will be successful. :-)

I'm looking forward to joining back in the book club discussions after an amazing holiday to Ethiopia and Egypt. I think I managed to read about 15 books inbetween sightseeing and visiting people though not the bookclub selections! November's book is too popular to find in the library in time but I'm starting 'Winter Ghosts' early to be ready for December!

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Tree Bee

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That's excellent news about your friend's fiance, Mili.Thanks for letting us know.

I'm looking forward to reading the Winter Ghosts next month.I hope it will be an atmospheric seasonal read.

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It has some horrible weather in it, so approximates to an English Christmas. [Big Grin]

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Tree Bee

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Here's a reminder of the forthcoming programme.
Please join in as and when you'd like to.
More book suggestions welcomed.

December - Jacobsen will lead Winter Ghosts by Kate Mosse

January - Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel, led by Gussie.

February- The Help by Kathryn Stockett led by Tree Bee.

March - The Believers by Zoe Heller led by Gussie unless someone else volunteers!

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It's almost December, so if you'd like to join in the discussion next month,get hold of a copy of The Winter Ghosts by Kate Mosse.

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Tree Bee

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Bumping up the thread in case anyone needs extra time to read the January book!
A reminder of the forthcoming programme:

January - Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel, led by Gussie.

February- The Help by Kathryn Stockett led by Tree Bee.

March - The Believers by Zoe Heller led by Gussie unless someone else volunteers!

And please join in with this month's book which is the Winter Ghosts by Kate Mosse - a relatively quick and seasonal read.

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Anyone interested in "The Red Tent"?

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Tree Bee

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quote:
Originally posted by QLib:
Anyone interested in "The Red Tent"?

Despite that rather gory review, yes, it looks interesting.
It's in stock in my library and cheap on amazon.co.uk.
If anyone else is interested, I'll put it in the programme.

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I absolutely love the book and read it at least once a year. I'm not quite sure I agree with the review - I didn't feel there was too much "birthing". But YMMV. All in all, a brilliant book.

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Fair do's!
I'll put it in for April. Are you leading QLib?

January - Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel, led by Gussie.

February- The Help by Kathryn Stockett led by Tree Bee.

March - The Believers by Zoe Heller led by Gussie unless someone else volunteers!

April - The Red Tent by Anita Diamant.

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Tree Bee

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Bumping up as a reminder for those who would like to read Wolf Hall with us in January.

I've made a start already as it's a little chunky!

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Tree Bee

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bump.

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I have begun- and am enjoying it hugely!

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I'd like to lead Terry Pratchett's "Carpe Jugulum" at some point. Maybe June, July, or August?


Thanks!

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Tree Bee

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quote:
Originally posted by Golden Key:
I'd like to lead Terry Pratchett's "Carpe Jugulum" at some point. Maybe June, July, or August?


Thanks!

Any of those months would do, GK. Pick one!
And thanks to you.

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I think July would be good.

BTW, "Carpe Jugulum" is especially good for any clergy or potential clergy.
[Smile]

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Tree Bee

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Thanks Golden Key.

Programme now looks very like this:

February- The Help by Kathryn Stockett led by Tree Bee.

March - The Believers by Zoe Heller led by Gussie unless someone else volunteers!

April - The Red Tent by Anita Diamant led by Gussie or A.N. Other.

May -

June -

July - Carpe Jugulum by Terry Pratchett led by Golden Key.

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Tree Bee said:
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April - The Red Tent by Anita Diamant led by Gussie or A.N. Other.
I think it was QLib that offered to lead that, not me.

I was going to suggest David Nicholls One Day, for August as a nice holiday read (for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere of course).

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quote:
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Programme now looks like this:

February- The Help by Kathryn Stockett led by Tree Bee.

March - The Believers by Zoe Heller led by Gussie.

April - The Red Tent by Anita Diamant led by QLib.

May -

June -

July - Carpe Jugulum by Terry Pratchett led by Golden Key.

Sorry Gussie - I've altered April's leader.
One Day would be a great book to discuss. I'll add it.

August - One Day by David Nicholls led by Gussie?

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February's book will be The Help by Kathryn Stockett.
I'll start the thread in a couple of days time.

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I've just started reading Mennonite in a little black dress by Rhoda Janzen, and it seems a very 'shippy' book.
I'd like to suggest it for later on in the year.
Anyone in agreement?

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Bump.

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quote:
Originally posted by Tree Bee:
Let us know how you get on with After Dark Sir Kevin.
Or can you recommend one of Murakami's other books?
Norwegian Wood appeals to me for its Beatle connection!

Sorry, I've been v. busy these last four months. Norwegian Wood could be excellent, but I actually own Kafka on the Shore. It, as the name implies, is one of his more surreal books: the lead character is a teenage boy named Kafka Tamura. He runs away from home to escape his mother and is pursued by a strange woman several years his senior. There is also a homicide with an unknown victim and perpetrator and cats who can communicate with humans. If I remember it right, it is much deeper than Norwegian Wood. I would be happy to chair the discussion in May or June. I shall reread it starting this weekend as there is a bank holiday on Monday. Let me know what you think, Tree Bee.

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If we get a reply or two from shipmates who would be interested in reading Kafka on the shore then I'll put it in the programme. Thanks Sir Kevin. [Smile]

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Appreciate it. It has been translated into English six years ago and was published in 2005, so it should be available in large UK bookshops as well as university libraries.

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quote:
Originally posted by Tree Bee:
If we get a reply or two from shipmates who would be interested in reading Kafka on the shore then I'll put it in the programme. Thanks Sir Kevin. [Smile]

I promise to read this one, if we take it on.

Amazingly, it is easily available in my local public libraries, both in Korean and in English.
I no longer live in the hicks! [Smile]

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quote:
Originally posted by Tree Bee:
I've just started reading Mennonite in a little black dress by Rhoda Janzen, and it seems a very 'shippy' book.
I'd like to suggest it for later on in the year.
Anyone in agreement?

Yes please! It is one of the books I bought with the book tokens I was given for Christmas, and I enjoyed it hugely. I would love to discuss it!

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I'd be interested in the 'Mennonite in a Black Dress' too, so long as it isn't too long.

I've been strongly recommended the Red Tent so may try that as my first entry to the Ship's book group.

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Excellent!
So our programme now looks like this:

March - The Believers by Zoe Heller led by Gussie.

April - The Red Tent by Anita Diamant led by Gussie or A.N. Other.

May - Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami led by Sir Kevin.

June - Mennonite in a little black dress by Rhoda Janzen led by Tree Bee.

July - Carpe Jugulum by Terry Pratchett led by Golden Key.

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Our discussion of the Help is only just getting underway, - amd tomorrow is March already!
So I've got myself a copy of The Believers by Zoe Heller.
Please join in - the thread for this will start anon and will be led by Gussie.

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When abouts does the discussion start? I'm thinking of reading the May book as a starter and want to look out for the discussion thread - and be ready having read it [Smile]
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