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Subject: April BOM
Date Posted: 2/28/2009 12:21 PM ET
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I'll go ahead and get April BOM's selection started.  I don't know where the heck February went; I can't believe it's March already!! 

For April, we will read a HF novel based on a religion in honor of Easter.  It does not have to be a Christian religion, and can be about any religious person or event.  Some ideas to get everyone started:

Please post nominations by noon on Friday.  I'll draw a winner Friday afternoon to give us a few weeks to get our books.

Nominations

  1. The Book of Abraham by Marek Halter
  2. Julian's Cell by Ralph Milton
  3. The Inquest by Stephen Dando Collins
  4. The Rock: A Tale of Seventh-Century Jerusalem by Kanan Makiya
  5. The Religion by Tim Willocks

 

 



Last Edited on: 3/4/09 2:52 PM ET - Total times edited: 5
Date Posted: 3/2/2009 11:05 AM ET
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Updated first post.

Date Posted: 3/2/2009 11:29 AM ET
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Allow me to be selfish and nominate a book I have on my actual bookshelf waiting to be read -

The Book of Abraham, Marek Halter

It's incredibly long, but I've heard good things about it.

Date Posted: 3/2/2009 12:14 PM ET
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I would like to nominate Julian's Cell, by Ralph Milton.

Those of us who have read The Illuminator, by Brenda Vantrease may remember the anchoress Julian of Norwich who was a wonderful secondary character in the book. From the product description: This is a book of historical fiction about a woman who struggled to know and serve God, told by a 20th-century man who is struggling to know and serve God, and it is intended to help readers do the same.

Kelly

Date Posted: 3/2/2009 4:30 PM ET
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I'm adding a postscript to Kelly's nomination of Julian's Cell. 

For so many of us who have read and loved Katherine by Anya Seton, you might remember that Katherine visited an anchoress when she was on a personal pilgrimage.  That anchoress was Julian.

Linda

Date Posted: 3/2/2009 6:44 PM ET
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I nominate The Inquest by Stephen Dando Collins

I have the Book of Abraham on my shelf and it does look good but that sucker is HUGE!

Date Posted: 3/2/2009 7:07 PM ET
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Holly - Yeah, I know, it's a whopper!  But we can put on our big girl pants (not to mention our lives on hold so we can read 24/7) and get through it! LOL!   If it gets picked, I'll start it right after I finish March's BOM, Grania, which I'm really liking! 

Date Posted: 3/3/2009 10:46 AM ET
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Great topic, Michelle! I love reading about religion in history.

I'd like to nominate The Rock: A Tale of Seventh-Century Jerusalem by Kanan Makiya - http://www.paperbackswap.com/book/details/9780375400872-The+Rock+A+Tale+of+SeventhCentury+Jerusalem

"The Rock" sounds fascinating to me and the topic of the book is one that is still relevant today.

I'd also be very happy if Shelley's pick, "The Book of Abraham" were chosen. I've enjoyed the other Halter books I have read and I've been meaning to read this one for a while.

"Julian's Cell" sounds great too. I just had to add it to my wishlist. ;-)

Date Posted: 3/3/2009 5:14 PM ET
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I've updated the first post to include the nominations.  Great list so far - keep them coming!  Feel free to nominate more than one if you like - I always like seeing everyone's ideas, as it usually ends up helping me build my WL!!

Date Posted: 3/4/2009 11:16 AM ET
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I read The Religion by Tim Willocks right after it was released, but I really wouldn't mind reading it again. I loved it! Willocks is working on a sequel, but he's taking forever with it. Hurry up and write, Mr. Willocks, please! :-)

Date Posted: 3/4/2009 11:41 AM ET
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Valli - Time to start stalking!  ;)

Date Posted: 3/4/2009 2:53 PM ET
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Thanks, Valli - I added it to the list of nominations.

Date Posted: 3/5/2009 12:56 PM ET
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Just a reminder that nominations are due tomorrow (Friday) at noon, so if you'd like to participate in April's BOM please post your choice by then.

Date Posted: 3/6/2009 10:37 AM ET
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Can't wait to see what gets chosen this afternoon!  Really, they all look very good!