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Subject: C.B.G. round 4 winner: THE SCARLET PIMPERNELL - update 12/30
Date Posted: 12/17/2008 4:25 PM ET
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EDIT: we need to work out a start date. Please read my last post and let me know :)

 

Hi Everyone,

We are now taking nominations for the book we will read in January.

We are now also open for a volunteer to lead the discussion.  So if you would like to be that person drop a line here.

Some of the books that have been recurring nominations in the past are below. but please feel free to add your own:

  • Sister Carrie
  • Gone With the Wind
  • The Black Tulip
  • The Moonstone

That should get us going!

Now, idealy it would be nice to have a book decided by Monday so that we can have the next couple weeks to locate the book that is chosen. However,  whoever leads will be the one in charge of that....so if no one volunteers keep in mind that I, as the default leader (<--my official title, lol), will close voting as of Monday morning and will announce a winner then. (don't I sound all professional?)

On another note, I'm really happy that so many people are getting into this! Thank you everyone who has been or will be participating, it makes reading the classics a lot more fun!

Happy Holidays



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Date Posted: 12/17/2008 4:29 PM ET
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I'd be fine with any of those.  But if we're going to read Dreiser, I'd prefer An American Tragedy.

Date Posted: 12/17/2008 4:29 PM ET
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I would love to do Country of the Pointed Firs by Jewett.

Date Posted: 12/17/2008 5:16 PM ET
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I'm really open to anything...The Moonstone would probably be my first pick. Or if we were to read another Collins book, The Woman in White (since I have a TBR copy of that one, LOL!)

I will be out of town from this weeknd till after Christmas, and away from the computer most of the time so I probably won't be able to vote, but i'll be back for the discussion!

Date Posted: 12/17/2008 8:51 PM ET
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I know there aren't a lot of copies in the system but I would like to consider The Scarlet Pimpernel. I would get my copy from the library :-)

Date Posted: 12/18/2008 7:15 PM ET
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The End of the Affair....Graham Greene

Date Posted: 12/18/2008 7:15 PM ET
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I would go for Moonstone (prefer) or Sister Carrie. Both of which I got since we last voted. ;D

Date Posted: 12/18/2008 7:59 PM ET
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I would like to participate for January's reading....here are my nominations: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Moonstone Gone with the Wind Huckleberry Finn Oliver Twist Peter Pan
Date Posted: 12/18/2008 8:36 PM ET
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I remember seeing Moonstone and Black Tulip in the last round of voting.  I'd not ever heard of either of them until then.

I've wanted to read Pride and Prejudice and A Tale of Two Cities for the longest time, but can never get very far in them.  I don't know it that means I should vote for them or I should definitely NOT vote for them.  ???  Maybe Sense and Sensibility and Oliver Twist would be less intimidating works. 

How about The Good Earth? (have read) or East of Eden (have not read.  Huge like Gone With the Wind.)

What books did you read in Round 1 and 2?

Date Posted: 12/18/2008 10:25 PM ET
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Date Posted: 12/19/2008 7:07 PM ET
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The first time we read Madame Bovary. Then we read Howards End followed by Little Women.

Okay so here is the list of suggested titles at this point:

  • Moonstone
  • Sister Carrie
  • Pickwick Papers
  • GWTW
  • The Woman In White
  • The Black Tulip
  • Sense and Sensability
  • Oliver Twist
  • Pride and Prejudice
  • A Tale of Two Cities
  • Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • Peter Pan
  • Huckleberry Finn
  • The End of the Affair
  • Country of the Pointed Firs by Jewett
  • The Scarlet Pimpernill
  • An American Tragedy

I'll check back in again on Monday. but that's the list thus far. :)

I would like to add: please try and only vote for one book. it makes tallying easier. lol oh and if you are changing your vote please at a note specifying that it's a change from ____ to _____ so I don't count you twice.

Date Posted: 12/19/2008 11:56 PM ET
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I vote for Pride and Prejudice.

Date Posted: 12/20/2008 9:14 AM ET
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One?!?! There are at least seven I would like to vote for :-)

But for simplicity, I understand Hannah.

My vote is for The Scarlet Pimpernel

 



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Date Posted: 12/20/2008 9:37 AM ET
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Grrr... so hard to choose.  But I'm going to go with The Moonstone.

Date Posted: 12/20/2008 5:22 PM ET
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Okay, after reading the list and doing a little research, I am withdrawing my Moonstone/Woman in White votes and my official vote is for The Scarlet Pimpernel.

Decisions, decisions.......! :-)



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Date Posted: 12/20/2008 6:05 PM ET
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 This is part of a review I found on Amazon.com. 

"The Scarlet Pimpernel is a classic novel, though it is hard to categorize. It is part romance, part adventure, part spy thriller, and part superhero fiction. All of these elements went into the pot and the resulting stew is extremely entertaining....In closing, The Scarlet Pimpernel is well worth buying. It's laugh out loud funny, suspenseful, romantic, and generally quite a page-turner."   

I think it's got something for everyone.  It's got my vote!  Thanks.

Date Posted: 12/20/2008 11:45 PM ET
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My vote is:  The Scarlet Pimpernel

Will we have results by Friday, Dec. 26?  I am leaving for a week at the coast and this is the perfect excuse to go to this great UBS over there and look for a book.

I can hear it now..."Oh honey...I'll only be getting one book...." (snort)  Like that's going to happen!

Date Posted: 12/21/2008 3:25 PM ET
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I'll have the results posted tomorrow 12/22! Prolly in the afternoon (PST) sometime. :)

thanks for limiting it to one choice lol :) makes life much easier for me.

Maybe we should keep track of the runners up and then next month we can do the runner up or something? that way we don't miss out on ones that people really want to read but never make enough votes cause we keep adding? thoughts?

Date Posted: 12/26/2008 5:41 PM ET
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So I'm totally lame I know. I don't know what I was doing Monday but somehow I forgot to post the winner. I'm sorry!

It appears that the Scarlet Pimpernell won. (Vanessa I think that you just recently read this?) But the Moonstone was pretty close too...

I was wondering if maybe this month we could do the Moonstone and then next month do the Scarlet Pimpernell since Vanessa just read the Scarlet Pimpernell (according to her signature)...and she's been one of the most active with the bookclub...I know it's not sticking to the highest votes is the winner idea...but I just thought I would throw that out there...

what does everyone think?

Date Posted: 12/26/2008 7:42 PM ET
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Its ok, I really enjoyed Scarlet Pimpernel, so I'll just hop in to the discussion whenever it starts.  I hope everyone else enjoys it as much as I did!

Date Posted: 12/27/2008 7:16 AM ET
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Either one works for me:)
Date Posted: 12/27/2008 2:12 PM ET
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Okay we'll go with the Scarlett Pimpernell then! :)

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Date Posted: 12/28/2008 5:30 PM ET
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If you guys are going to read The Scarlet Pimpernel I'm definitely interested in joining in.



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Date Posted: 12/28/2008 5:48 PM ET
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woohoo...i just ordered my copy and look forward to reading and discussing it:)
Date Posted: 12/29/2008 10:05 AM ET
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I have this on audio and already listened (I pitched my old pb).  I don't know if I can handle listening to it and keep track of Vanity Fair (current) at the same time.

I would do the Moonstone but wanted to ask if you've ever considered The Prisoner of Zenda at some point?  That one is fun although I haven't finished it yet (I was reading it in doctors' offices on my PDA). 

Vanity Fair is very long, BTW.  I get the free Librivox recordings and don't mind the various readers  but I think that one would have been a long haul for a group read.  I apologize for mentioning it but I know it was considered before.

The Scarlet Pimpernel was better than Scaramouche, although I seem to be somewhat alone in finding most of that one tedious with a few lively bits.

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