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Monday, December 12th, 2005
11:32 am
[readitswapit]
Free books for book swappers!
Would any of you guys be interested in joining a site that allows you to swap books for free?

It's my boyfriend's site and I think he's doing a really worthwhile
thing because it costs him money but he doesn't charge anything. He
set it up in his spare time.

It's called ReadItSwapIt (http://www.readitswapit.co.uk) and it's got
over 500 users now and two thousand books available for swapping.

It really helps to spread literacy, stop waste and recycle books in the UK.

It's the only 100 per cent free site of its kind.

hope you don't mind me emailing you, i just thought it might be
something you'd like to know about.

It's a great way to get rid of unwanted Xmas book gifts.

Or if you want to buy a book, you can get it there instead, for free - and it won't waste trees, cos you're recycling old books at the same time.

If you like the idea, please do join and put a link up on your LJ links page to help spread the word - the more people who join up, the more books everyone has to swap with.

If you'd like any more information please feel free to get in
touch.

best wishes,
Donna
Friday, December 2nd, 2005
11:30 am
[ang_grrr]
Opening of nominations.
Can I have your suggestion for books to read over the christmas period.

To clarify: I mean for thebookgroup to read, in the form of books to join the active list. Not me personally.
Thursday, November 10th, 2005
9:11 am
[ang_grrr]
Bookgroup winners
Bleak House - Charles Dickens
Weaveworld - Clive Barker

These books now join the active list.
Monday, November 7th, 2005
12:13 pm
[ang_grrr]
Book group nominations
Poll #606978 Book group choice

Please choose up to three books. The top two will join the current books list.

Bleak House - Charles Dickens
3(16.7%)
Arthur and George - Julian Barnes
0(0.0%)
Anansi Boys - Neil Gaiman
2(11.1%)
Weaveworld - Clive Barker
1(5.6%)
Beasts of No Nation - Uzodinma Iweala
0(0.0%)


Information on the nominations can be found here: http://www.livejournal.com/community/thebookgroup/86321.html
Friday, November 4th, 2005
2:17 pm
[ang_grrr]
And in a rare bout of efficiency...
Can you nominate for this month, please. I'll be posting the poll on Monday (7th) and voting will close on 11th November. I'm hoping this will get us back on track.

Thank you to everyone who completed my poll. The results are going to be added to the recommendations. I was cheered to see that a significant number of people are using the group to guide reading choice but I'm saddened that I am the only person who has made a top level post here since August. If you did nominate a book, or if you have read a book on the current reading list, think about writing a review of it to try and stimulate some discussion. I know, I know, I'm as bad as any of you!

And now... I'm nominating Bleak House by Mr Dickens because it's on telly.
Thursday, October 27th, 2005
11:44 am
[ang_grrr]
Pollzilla! What books have you read of thebookgroup's choices.
Poll #599297 Book group reads.

Current books list. Which of the books on the current book list have you read?

The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides
1(2.6%)
Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
0(0.0%)
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series, by Douglas Adams
6(15.4%)
The Vesuvius Club: A Lucifer Box Novel - Mark Gatiss
0(0.0%)
The Pirates! in an Adventure with Scientists - Gideon Defoe
0(0.0%)
Seventy-Two Virgins - Boris Johnson
0(0.0%)
Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrel by Susanna Clarke
0(0.0%)
Girlfriend in a Coma by Douglas Coupland
0(0.0%)
Regeneration by Pat Barker
0(0.0%)

Previous winners. Which of the previous choices have you read?

The End of the Affair - Graham Greene
0(0.0%)
Death and the Penguin - Andrey Kurkov
0(0.0%)
Prozac Nation by Elizabeth Wurtzel
0(0.0%)
The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
0(0.0%)
City of Saints & Madmen by Jeff Vandermeer
0(0.0%)
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
0(0.0%)
A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
0(0.0%)
Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke
0(0.0%)
The Argos Catalogue
0(0.0%)
The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho
0(0.0%)
Sheepshagger, by Niall Griffiths
0(0.0%)
Catch 22, by Joseph Heller
0(0.0%)
Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte
0(0.0%)
A Clockwork Orange, by Anthony Burhess
0(0.0%)
The Eyre Affair, by Jasper Fforde
0(0.0%)

Please choose up to six books from the previous winners you would recommend

The End of the Affair - Graham Greene
0(0.0%)
Death and the Penguin - Andrey Kurkov
0(0.0%)
Prozac Nation by Elizabeth Wurtzel
0(0.0%)
The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
0(0.0%)
City of Saints & Madmen by Jeff Vandermeer
0(0.0%)
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
0(0.0%)
A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
0(0.0%)
Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke
1(2.6%)
The Argos Catalogue
1(2.6%)
The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho
0(0.0%)
Sheepshagger, by Niall Griffiths
0(0.0%)
Catch 22, by Joseph Heller
0(0.0%)
Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte
2(5.1%)
A Clockwork Orange, by Anthony Burhess
0(0.0%)
The Eyre Affair, by Jasper Fforde
1(2.6%)

Finally, of the books you've read this year, how many have been due to the book groups choices?

All.
0(0.0%)
Most.
1(2.6%)
About half.
5(12.8%)
Less than half.
18(46.2%)
None.
15(38.5%)
10:19 am
[ang_grrr]
Book Group Reads. Jan 2005 onwards.
I can't edit the previously produced list so I've created a new one (it makes some sense to do it by year anyway). Here is a list of the chosen books from January 2005. All discussions of previously read books have been archived in the community's memories section.

October 2005
Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrel by Susanna Clarke
Girlfriend in a Coma by Douglas Coupland
Regeneration by Pat Barker

September 2005
The Vesuvius Club: A Lucifer Box Novel - Mark Gatiss
The Pirates! in an Adventure with Scientists - Gideon Defoe
Seventy-Two Virgins - Boris Johnson
July and August 2005
No books votes.

June 2005
The Virgin Suicides, by Jeffrey Eugenides
Oryx and Crake, by Margaret Atwood
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series, by Douglas Adams

May 2005
The End of the Affair - Graham Greene
Death and the Penguin - Andrey Kurkov

April 2005
Prozac Nation by Elizabeth Wurtzel
The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
City of Saints & Madmen by Jeff Vandermeer

March 2005
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving

January and February 2005
Catch up months.

December 2004
Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke
The Argos Catalogue
Wednesday, October 26th, 2005
3:20 pm
[ang_grrr]
Book group reads...October.
Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrel by Susanna Clarke
Girlfriend in a Coma by Douglas Coupland
Regeneration by Pat Barker

Regeneration is the only novel that hasn't been chosen before. Consequently there is only one book that is a novel, um, novel and so I'm calling this a short month and I'll do the next nominations at the start of next week and try and get back into the proper rythmn.

I'm also going to sort out the memories and the reading list on the main page some time today and might, just might, get round to posting polls about what we have been reading.
Friday, October 21st, 2005
11:23 am
[ang_grrr]
Book vote
It seems daft asking you to choose three books but, you know, thems the rules.

Poll #595162 Bookgroup nominations

Name yer books! Luvverly books!

The Insider: The Private Diaries of a Scandalous Decade by Piers Morgan
0(0.0%)
Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrel by Susanna Clarke
3(18.8%)
Girlfriend in a Coma by Douglas Coupland
0(0.0%)
Regeneration by Pat Parker
0(0.0%)
Arthur and George by Julian Barnes
0(0.0%)
Thursday, October 13th, 2005
11:48 am
[ang_grrr]
Nomination closes tomorrow
So far only four nominations... you've 24 hours to make it a little bit more competative.

http://www.livejournal.com/community/thebookgroup/84892.html
Friday, October 7th, 2005
3:33 pm
[ang_grrr]
While I'm doing nothing.
Time to nominate books for this month.
Thursday, September 8th, 2005
4:56 pm
[ang_grrr]
Book group winners - September
The top three, I think, since two months disappeared.

The Vesuvius Club: A Lucifer Box Novel - Mark Gatiss
The Pirates! in an Adventure with Scientists - Gideon Defoe
Seventy-Two Virgins - Boris Johnson


Personally I'd rather chop out my tongue than read the Boris Johnson book, but you lot go for it.
Wednesday, September 7th, 2005
9:20 am
[ang_grrr]
Declaration imminent.
I'll be producing the list of books for lunchtime tomorrow (BST or whatever). Anyone wishing to cast a vote has another day to do so:

http://www.livejournal.com/community/thebookgroup/84037.html
Wednesday, August 31st, 2005
4:56 pm
[ang_grrr]
Book Group nominations
And through the power of procrastination it's nearly September.

Remember, choose more than three and you vote doesn't count. Remember to join or watch the community for your vote to be counted: you have to be in it to win it!

Poll #562333 bookgroup

Please choose up to 3 books from the list below.

The Pirates! in an Adventure with Scientists - Gideon Defoe
0(0.0%)
The Big Over Easy - Jasper Fforde
1(4.3%)
Stiff - Mary Roach
1(4.3%)
The Tripods Trilogy - John Christopher
1(4.3%)
The Once And Future King - T.H. White
1(4.3%)
Seventy-Two Virgins - Boris Johnson
1(4.3%)
The Vesuvius Club: A Lucifer Box Novel - Mark Gatiss
0(0.0%)
"Bollocks to Alton Towers: Uncommonly British Days Out" - Jason Hazeley, Robin Halstead, Joel Morris, Alex Morris
0(0.0%)
The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
3(13.0%)
Monday, August 22nd, 2005
7:58 am
[ang_grrr]
Nomination time.
Previous held nominations are here: http://www.livejournal.com/community/thebookgroup/82300.html

You can add nominations to that thread and then up to 15 books will be polled on Wednesday. The top two/three will be chosen to read in September.
Sunday, August 21st, 2005
8:18 pm
[joyfulleigh]
thoughts on Middlesex
Yeah, I know it's like two years late, but I just finished Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides.

Leigh's thoughts...Collapse )

And by the way, what happened to this month's poll? Can we move forward, please?

L.

Current Mood: literary
Thursday, August 18th, 2005
9:27 am
[abookmom]
Oryx and Crake
Page 41 : "But even a castaway assumes a future reader, someone who'll come along later and find his bones and his ledger, and learn his fate. Snowman can make no such assumptions: he'll have no future reader, because the Crakers can't read. Any reader he can possibly imagine is in the past."

Wasn't his a fascinating read? How fun it would be to have a conversation about the future with Atwood--she is so brilliant and must be such a worrier. I thought it was interesting on page 248, when Jimmy decided to take the name Snowman, to forget the past and "Exist only in the present without guilt or expectation. As the Crakers did."

Did anyone else wonder about Oryx? I wanted to know more about her.

If you enjoyed this book, be sure to read Atwood's "The Handmaid's Tale." I actually like everything I've read of hers except "The Blind Assassin."
Tuesday, July 12th, 2005
10:14 am
[ang_grrr]
Book group nominations - please decide.
I meant to post the poll on Thursday/Friday but I didn't think it appropriate on Thursday and I've been away for the rest of the weekend. With everything that has happened I think it might be best to have a rest this month, hold nominations until August, and then vote then. What do people think? It'll be easier for me, too, as I'm away over the next week or so again.

Poll #530752 The book group.

Should I hold nominations until next month and have a break for this one?

Yes
9(90.0%)
No
1(10.0%)
Monday, July 4th, 2005
6:38 pm
[dawnage]
3:47 pm
[ang_grrr]
Nomination time.
It's time to nominate our next reads. Please post nominations to this thread and I'll produce a poll at the end of the week.

I'm nominating "Bollocks to Alton Towers: Uncommonly British Days Out"

http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/071814791X/026-0733829-9938840

I'm 50 pages from the end of Death and the Penguin and more than half way through Oryx and Crake so I might write something about books I've read by then too. That'll be novel.
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