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Subject: The Next Classic Book Group
Date Posted: 9/21/2008 7:51 PM ET
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Hi Everyone! Well, those of us reading Madame Bovary together are enjoying discussing it and a few others have mentioned that they might like to participate in a group read in the future so I thought I would see if there are any takers. I thought we could start around Oct 15th which would give us a few weeks to get the book. Also, it would give us a chance to finish Madame Bovary first :). So if you are interested let me know and also give us a suggestion for the next classic to read! I'm going to throw in the following: Howards End, The Scarlet Pimpernill, The Moonstone, and The Voyage out. Let us know if you have any other ideas!
Date Posted: 9/21/2008 8:05 PM ET
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You read my mind, I was thinking Howard's End too... GMTA!!!

Date Posted: 9/21/2008 8:09 PM ET
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I am interested.   What do I need to do?

Date Posted: 9/21/2008 8:17 PM ET
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I'd love to join & I'd vote for Scarlet Pimpernel or Moonstone.  Let me know!

Date Posted: 9/21/2008 9:20 PM ET
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I'd vote for The Scarlet Pimpernel :-)

Date Posted: 9/22/2008 2:10 AM ET
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How about we wait till Friday and then decide on the book. Please feel free to nominate your own! those were just the first 4 on my stack that I've not read yet. :) I'll keep tally of how many votes we get or we can do a lottery type thing. Which way is preferred? And do we all agree on starting around the 15th of Oct? Vivian - no need to do anything. if there is one you would like to read though nominate it :)
Date Posted: 9/22/2008 5:15 AM ET
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I've actually never heard of and of those 4 lol!! So I am up for anything:) I agree we pick by friday though so we have time to get it adn it gives us time to finish madame bovary....I say the most votes is a good way to go....
Date Posted: 9/22/2008 9:31 AM ET
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These are the classics I have on my TBR pile, so I'll add them to our nominee list:

Cousin Bette by Honore de Balzac

Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray

The Way We Live Now by Anthony Trollope

The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens

Date Posted: 9/22/2008 11:29 AM ET
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I would love to join you!

The Scarlet Pimpernel would be my choice or Howards End (I haven't heard of that one)

 I have already read "The Way We Live Now" by Trollope--I thought the movie version was more interesting than the book!

Date Posted: 9/22/2008 4:08 PM ET
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I am going to agree with vanessa that either Gone with the wind or Vanity fair would be good choices also to consider. I just looked up howards end and the scarlett pimernill and between the 2 howards end has way more copies available so if we are picking between the 2 I think we should pick Howards End because otherwise not everyone might not be able to get a copy.
Date Posted: 9/22/2008 9:33 PM ET
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Not sure about ya'll's libraries but I hadn't heard of ANY of those in the first list LOL so looked them up and then checked my library and it has every single one..and some are available from my libraries as an ebook download...I don't want to vote since I"m not sure I'll join but if The Scarlet Pimpernel, Moonstone, gone with the wind, or vanity fair happen to be chosen by the rest of you I might join it.my TBR is huge and looks like it'll never shrink but I've been wanting to read more classics.

Date Posted: 9/23/2008 2:03 AM ET
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I'd love to get in on this too. I like starting the book in the middle of the month, so that I can work on books for other groups that start on the first. I would love to read any of these books, but I vote for Gone With The Wind.
Date Posted: 9/23/2008 7:53 PM ET
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I'd like to suggest Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy.  I've read several interesting comments on it in the past.

Date Posted: 9/23/2008 8:19 PM ET
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I have read most already, but not recently, but am up for any. Bleak House by Dickens is my favorite of his. I love Trollope but haven't read that one.

Date Posted: 9/23/2008 11:34 PM ET
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Bleak House was really good.  I didn't like Jude the Obscure. 

Date Posted: 9/24/2008 3:27 PM ET
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I read Jude the Obscure about 5 years ago. I remember liking it. though not as much as other Thomas Hardy books i've read. it was an interesting book to talk about. I've not read anything by dickens....looks liek we're getting a lot of good ideas here. :)
Date Posted: 9/26/2008 1:46 PM ET
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I'd be interested in a book group.  I'd like to nominate The Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy and Emma by Jane Austen.  These two are on my TBR pile.

Date Posted: 9/26/2008 7:47 PM ET
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Well I just went through and checked what had the most votes...it seems like the three with the most interest were: The Scarlet Pimpernell, Howards End, and Gone with the Wind. TSP has the most votes..but it has been mentioned it might be hard to come up with. After that HE and GWTW are tied. My suggestion would be to start with either HE or GWTW because I think they will be easier to get right now and then if we choose to do another after that we can go with TSP...that should give us over a month to get that one if we still want it and we should still have enough time for either HE or GWTW. What does everyone think? Maybe we can have a vote between the tied two and make the final decision on Monday? We had a lot of votes for multiple books at the same time :) myself included. I'm going to vote for Howards End.
Date Posted: 9/27/2008 6:50 PM ET
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I will go with whatever the res t choose.

Date Posted: 9/28/2008 8:43 AM ET
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This sounds like fun! I've read GWTW, but it was many years ago. It is one of my favorite books and movies of all times and would love to read it again! I have never read HE so now would be a good time too:):) I look forward to hearing who the winner is!!! April
Date Posted: 9/29/2008 1:46 PM ET
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I vote for Howard's End!!!

 

 

Date Posted: 9/29/2008 6:59 PM ET
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then let's go with Howards End. It seem like everyone is fine with that. So are we all on to start around Oct 15?
Date Posted: 9/29/2008 7:43 PM ET
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sounds good to me:) i look forward to it!
Date Posted: 9/29/2008 9:13 PM ET
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Cool.  I'll go ahead and get a copy.

Date Posted: 9/30/2008 8:34 AM ET
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No problem!  Oct 15th it is!

 

Deb

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