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Subject: Read alongs 2011 THE WINNER IS!!
Date Posted: 11/22/2010 11:16 AM ET
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I will do the read along,  here is what I think, 4 read along scheduled for Feb, May, Aug, Nov. 

Now how shall we choose the books any ideas?  Over at Goodreads the Bodice Ripper Group makes nominations then take a vote on the next group read.  I like that idea they also try to pick something that is readily available either from PBS or at one of the used book sites.  The only problem I see with this is that most of the readily available books many of us have already read.  How many of you would be willing to reread something? 

On the other hand SKP's new book is due out I believe fall 2011 many of us are going to buy it anyway, and most libraries will carry it, so that seems a natural choice for say the Nov. read.  EC also has Lady of the English coming out in June(?)  I believe but that might be only in the U.K.   Helen Hollick's Forever Queen is out now so that might be an option   I have seen the new BC as well as Ken Follett's on peoples wish lists.  Angus Donald sure peeked every ones interest.  The other thing is to go through the challenge lists and pick out the books most often listed and use those.  What about a sub-genere read along?  Mystery, Fantasy, Romance, Tmeslip.  

  I am thinking aloud here so feel free to give me your ideas.



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Date Posted: 11/22/2010 11:26 AM ET
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I'm game, depending on if I haven't been side-tracked again (it happens a lot).

EC's book is UK only, but To Defy a King is supposed to be out in the US next year via Sourcebooks. I forget which month.

BTW, buddy reads are popular at Goodreads and HFO. I.e. Jerelyn and I read a book at the same time and keep a thread going with our thoughts. They can be spoilerish so it is enter if you dare for the rest of you.



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Date Posted: 11/22/2010 11:30 AM ET
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The other thing is to go through the challenge lists and pick out the books most often listed and use those

I like this one.  If it's on the challenge lists, then people either have them on TBR or reasonably expect to get them this year by purchasing, ordering, or library.  It also might give you a good mix of readily available ones that many of have read, but newer members haven't....and some of the harder to get ones that older members are willing to purchase.   Now that I've read a pretty good number of some of the more popular ones, I think it will be just as much fun to chime in on where people are discovering the book for the first time as it was for me to comment when I was reading it.

This post is incredibly poorly-worded.  Good thing I'm an engineer not a writer. I hope you can figure out what I'm trying to say!  LOL!

Date Posted: 11/22/2010 11:32 AM ET
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I like the way, Christa, quartered the books to discuss them that way you can avoid spoilers. but still have a free flowing discussion.

Date Posted: 11/22/2010 11:43 AM ET
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I'm game.  And for me its almost guaranteed I haven't read the book yet.  :D

Date Posted: 11/22/2010 1:41 PM ET
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Date Posted: 11/22/2010 2:43 PM ET
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I like the idea -- count me in.  I'm a re-reader, so that's not a problem for me.

Date Posted: 11/22/2010 2:48 PM ET
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Sounds fun! I've never done a group read before.

Date Posted: 11/22/2010 7:17 PM ET
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I would love to this. Count me in.

Bonnie (LoveNE) - ,
Date Posted: 11/22/2010 8:22 PM ET
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Jerelyn you're so cute when you use all those fancy initials but...the newbies are lost(well this one is anyway!) Don't worry I think I'll just wait till you have it all ironed out and then ask you to write it all out for me just once.

Date Posted: 11/22/2010 9:06 PM ET
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I will make a H/F initial identification cheat sheet for you then.  dh, says that the only EC he knows of is Eric Clapton.cheeky



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Date Posted: 11/23/2010 4:22 PM ET
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I found some books that are readily available in the system, and they all can be used in the challenges,

The Secret History of the Pink Carnation, Lauren Willig

River God, Wilbur Smith

The Crystal Cave, Mary Stewart

Passion of Artemisa,  Susan Vreeland

Genghis, Birth of a Empire, Conn Iggelden

Not in the system but one author I would like to include is Elizabeth Chadwick EC for the newbies (ahem Bonnie)  Some of the member who have responded might look on their Public Library's web site and see if they have any of her books available.  FYI there are 2 Elizabeth Chadwicks, The American western romance writer is not the one I am speaking of.



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Date Posted: 11/23/2010 5:05 PM ET
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With the exception of To Defy a King, most of Chadwick's books should be readily available in US libraries and *broken record again* don't forget to inquire about interlibrary loan. Her older books last I checked are rather spendy used so that is an excellent option to try.

And Jerelyn is right, the Elizabeth Chadwick is the one who writes novels set in the medieval period.

Date Posted: 12/4/2010 5:58 PM ET
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Well I was thinking maybe we should vote about our first read along.  Here are the books I looked into that are available at PBS, these can also count towards the challenges.  So how about it,  which one would you all like to see as the February read along?   If you have suggestions I'd like to hear about them.  Don't be shy!

The Secret History of the Pink Carnation, Lauren Willig

River God, Wilbur Smith

The Crystal Cave, Mary Stewart

Passion of Artemisa,  Susan Vreeland

Genghis, Birth of a Empire, Conn Iggelden

ETA.  These should also be readily available at the library as well



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Date Posted: 12/4/2010 6:04 PM ET
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From that list, I would vote for Pink Carnation or Genghis.  One of them is on my TBR and the other is one I really want to make room for this year.

Date Posted: 12/4/2010 8:53 PM ET
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I would love to do a read along, especially if it is The Crystal Cave.  I could use it as a repeat read for one of the challenges and the Genghis Khan series has been calling to me for quite a while too.



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Date Posted: 12/4/2010 11:21 PM ET
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My vote would be for Genghis. I've checked it out from the library twice but still haven't found the time to read it . . .

Date Posted: 12/5/2010 9:51 AM ET
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Date Posted: 12/5/2010 11:55 AM ET
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My vote is for The Crystal Cave or Genghis. I have both and have been wanting to read them for a while.
Bonnie (LoveNE) - ,
Date Posted: 12/5/2010 1:51 PM ET
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I have not read any of the above but my vote is for either Genghis or Artemisa. 

Date Posted: 12/5/2010 3:04 PM ET
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This is a good start, I will leave voting open until Midnight Wed 12-8 EST. and announce the winner on Thurs.  If there is a tie I will be the dictator tie breaker.

Date Posted: 12/5/2010 4:42 PM ET
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I vote Pink Carnation.

Date Posted: 12/5/2010 5:34 PM ET
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I vote for Pink Carnation and The Crystal Cave, if only because I'm planning to read them anyway for the challenge and I've already read Passion of Artmesia (very good book, btw).  But I would have no problem  re-reading it or the others. 

CR

Date Posted: 12/6/2010 9:04 AM ET
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Pink Carnation gets my vote.

Date Posted: 12/6/2010 9:31 AM ET
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Oooo....Genghis got out to an early lead, but Pink Carnation and Crystal Cave are surging from the back!  Genghis!  Genghis! Genghis!

(Why am I cheering for the book I don't have on my TBR??? ::rolling eyes at myself::)

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