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PostPosted: Thu Apr 22, 2010 9:03 am 
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Polling ended last night and the results are as follows:


To Kill a Mocking Bird Harper Lee 15 12.5%

Germinal Emile Zola 11 9.2%

After You'd Gone Maggie O'Farrell 11 9.2%

Rebecca Daphne du Maurier 12 10%

We Need To Talk About Kevin Lionel Shriver 9 7.5%

The Mitford Girls Mary S Lovell 9 7.5%

A Farewell to Arms Hemingway 6 5%

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society 5 4.2%

Moonstone Wilkie Collins 5 4.2%

Dangerous Liasons Choderlos de Laclos 5 4.2%

Bone People Keri Hulme 5 4.2%

The Road Cormac McCarthy 5 4.2%

Child 44 Tom R Smith 4 3.3%

Wolf Hall Hilary Mante 3 2.5%

Alone in Berlin Hans Fallada 3 2.5%

Woman in White Wilkie Collins 3 2.5%

Somme Mud E P F Lynch 2 1.7%


Mudbound Hillary Jordan 2 1.7%


Dark Clue James Wilson 2 1.7%

Smoke and Mirrors Neil Gaiman 2 1.7%

Mist Over Pendle Robert Neil 1 0.8%

Total Votes cast 120

I suggest we start our first discussion (To kill a mocking bird) on 24th May. Hopefully, this will allow people enough time to acquire the book. Sally-Anne suggested (and I agree) that we drop a few books so that we don't go on with this round for a long time. If you could suggest where you want to draw the line I will post a timetable for all the books so that people can start ordering the books form their libraries (I was thinking we could discuss each book for 3 weeks before going on to the next one). As someone had suggested, we will have a different thread for each book, so that you can go on discussing a particular book for as long as you like.


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 22, 2010 9:10 am 
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When you say 'discuss the book for three weeks' does that include the reading time? Otherwise I think three weeks may be a bit much just to discuss the book?

Perhaps to simplify things we could just say 1 month for each book? IE: get your book on the first of the month and three weeks later (giving ample time to read it) we discuss it for one week, then on the first on the next month we start again??

Just all suggestions to simplify things, I'm quite happy to go along with what others thoughts are.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 22, 2010 9:12 am 
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PS: My thoughts on where to draw the line? Take the top six.

The others can always be resubmitted when the list opens again. We then have six months worth of books to be going on with.

Again, just my thoughts :D

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I'd have thought start with a new book each month. Titles endlessly doing the rounds become sort of tired and grubby-looking. Or what happens on another site I go to (the adulterer!!) there is a book of the (in their case) quarter with a second choice to be responded to as and when without rules of waiting for a date. Inevitably, the discussions on the second book, the supposed also ran, are much juicier and the book generally better and less "obvious". Just my tuppenceworth! :lol:


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If we have to trim the list (which will mean the more challenging choices never get read) I'd suggest take the top six.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 22, 2010 10:08 am 
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well done Bromley Mum for getting this going

I agree taking the top six and having one a month seems a good plan for simplicity

am also liking the idea of a second choice for those who read quickly/have more time/low boredom threshold

could the second six run in parallel as a second book of the month for those that want?

PS a collaborative approach is never going to work with such an opinionated forum so very happy for you to just decide what to do and tell us all to get on with it whatever the decision


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I like the idea of a 2nd six running alongside for those who want to do it - which I would like to do, time allowing :shock:

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Not my suggestion, but it was one of my choices and is now at the bottom. I shall have to read Mist over Pendle alone :cry:

I think the top 6 - I probably won't have time for all 6, but will pick and choose.

Thanks Bromley mum


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Just a suggestion - perhaps the bottom six could be the ones running in parallel, so the less popular choices get read by those who want to and no one needs to miss out on the more popular ones through lack of time to read two books a month.

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Top 6 with each new book starting on 1st of month.

Bottom 6 also starting on 1st of month - can either do both books / have a choice if one of the titles isn't your cup of tea (remember its better to read something than nothing at all :wink: :lol: ) or have a second book if you read really quickly.

Can then just have two threads running at same time.

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