Posts filtered by tags: Book Clubs[x]


 

Book Clubs Get Especially Clubby

Every age begets its era-specific book clubs. Perhaps it’s unsurprising that ours features more and more niche, insider gatherings. One for Political Junkies? Check. Thriller writers? Check. Proust lovers? Check.
Tags: News, Israel, Book Clubs, Sarah, Carter, Harlan, Jimmy, Caro, Books and Literature, Ruhl, Robert A, Coben, Writing and Writers, Yahdon


Literary The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins

"'In one moment, every drop of blood in my body was brought to a stop... There, as if it had that moment sprung out of the earth, stood the figure of a solitary Woman, dressed from head to foot in white' The Woman in White famously opens with Walter Hartright's eerie encounter on a moonlit London road. Engaged as a drawing master to the beautiful Laura Fairlie, Walter becomes embroiled in the sinister intrigues of Sir Percival Glyde and his 'charming' friend Count Fosco, who has a taste for whi...
Tags: Books, London, Book Clubs, Wilkie Collins, MR Literary Club, Walter Hartright, Count Fosco, Laura Fairlie Walter, Percival Glyde, AlexBell


New Leaf Vote for June 2019 • Into the Labyrinth: The Quest

Let's select the book we'll read and discuss in June 2019! We love new participants. We're happy for you to vote, but we'd like to request that you not vote unless you plan to join the discussion whatever the selection, in the interest of a vibrant conversation. :) So if you haven't posted in a book club thread yet, do please say a quick hello here or in the Welcome thread. This is a poll. Vote for as many books as you'd like. Questions? FAQs |
Tags: Amazon, Europe, Books, UK, Hollywood, London, Greece, China, Germany, US, Georgia, United States, Nepal, Peter Matthiessen, Maine, New York Times


Literary An Unusual Viewpoint • May 2019

Help select what we'll read and discuss next! The topic is An Unusual Viewpoint. fantasyfan writes of the topic- A different point of view could apply to a story written from a minority social/spiritual/gender perspective. Perhaps it might incorporate an iconoclastic approach such as a narrative which views the Mount Rushmore sculpture as an insult to Native American culture. I don’t know of a book which actually uses that specific topic but such works can often be both challenging and revel...
Tags: Books, Book Clubs


New Leaf June 2019 Discussion • The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Thread closed until start of discussion on May 15. Quote: Gaiman had the idea for the story in 1985, after seeing his then-two-year-old son Mike "pedaling his tricycle around a graveyard" near their home in East Grinstead, West Sussex. Recalling how comfortable his son looked there, Gaiman thought he "could write something a lot like The Jungle Book and set it in a graveyard." When he sat down to write, however, Gaiman decided he was "not yet a good enough ...
Tags: Books, Neil Gaiman, Book Clubs, Mike, Gaiman


New Leaf Nominations for June 2019 • Into the Labyrinth: The Quest

It's time for us select the book that the New Leaf Book Club will read in June 2019. The theme is Into the Labyrinth: The Quest . Everyone is welcome to join the nomination process even if they'd rather lurk during the voting and discussion; if that is still a little too much commitment, please feel free to suggest titles without making a formal nomination. Also, don't sweat the links. It's helpful to check availability and prices before nominating in order to eliminate anything that's o...
Tags: Books, Book Clubs, Don


Literary Journey without Maps by Graham Greene

'His mind crowded with vivid images of Africa, Graham Greene set off in 1935 to discover Liberia, a remote and unfamiliar republic founded for released slaves. Now with a new introduction by Paul Theroux, Journey Without Maps is the spellbinding record of Greene's journey. Crossing the red-clay terrain from Sierra Leone to the coast of Grand Bassa with a chain of porters, he came to know one of the few areas of Africa untouched by colonization. Western civilization had not yet impinged on either...
Tags: Books, Africa, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Book Clubs, Graham Greene, Paul Theroux, Greene, MR Literary Club, Grand Bassa


New Leaf Themes Redux

It's time to hash out our next slate of themes. Please check all weapons at the door. The method will be essentially the same as the last round. Everyone is free to propose themes, tweak them and join in the general discussions. However, we're limiting final selection to regular participants, mostly in the interest of keeping the time horizon reasonable, but also to help ensure that people will be around once their theme goes live. Those eligible will have received a PM from me; the bar is...
Tags: Books, Book Clubs


New Leaf Runoff Vote for May 2019 • You're Never Too Young: Children

This is a runoff vote to select the book we'll read and discuss in May 2019! We love new participants. We're happy for you to vote, but we'd like to request that you not vote unless you plan to join the discussion whatever the selection, in the interest of a vibrant conversation. :) So if you haven't posted in a book club thread yet, do please say a quick hello here or in the Welcome thread. Vote for one. Questions? FAQs |
Tags: Amazon, Books, Time, Neil Gaiman, US, Book Clubs, Jack, Meg, Owens, Madeleine L'Engle, Murry, BOD, Charles Wallace, Calvin O Keefe


New Leaf Vote for for May 2019 • You're Never Too Young: Children

Let's select the book we'll read and discuss in May 2019! We love new participants. We're happy for you to vote, but we'd like to request that you not vote unless you plan to join the discussion whatever the selection, in the interest of a vibrant conversation. :) So if you haven't posted in a book club thread yet, do please say a quick hello here or in the Welcome thread. This is a poll. Vote for as many books as you'd like. Questions? FAQs |
Tags: Amazon, Books, UK, Boston, Nazis, Russia, Time, Neil Gaiman, US, Canada, Maine, Book Clubs, Moscow, Leo, Jack, ANN


Literary A Journey, or Journeys • April 2019

Help select what we'll read and discuss next! The topic is A Journey, or Journeys. Could be a single journey or several journeys, fiction or non-fiction, long distance or short distance, etc. Detailed nominating and voting guidelines can be found here. Basically, nominations are open for about four days and each person may nominate up to three literary selections which will go automatically to the vote. Voting by post then opens for four days, and a voter may give each nomination either one...
Tags: Books, Book Clubs


New Leaf Nominations for May 2019 • You're Never Too Young: Children

It's time for us select the book that the New Leaf Book Club will read in May 2019. The theme is You're Never Too Young: Children . Everyone is welcome to join the nomination process even if they'd rather lurk during the voting and discussion; if that is still a little too much commitment, please feel free to suggest titles without making a formal nomination. Also, don't sweat the links. It's helpful to check availability and prices before nominating in order to eliminate anything that's...
Tags: Books, Book Clubs, Don


Literary Eva Luna by Isabel Allende

'Eva Luna is the daughter of a professor’s assistant and a snake-bitten gardener—born poor, orphaned at an early age, and working as a servant. Eva is a naturally gifted and imaginative storyteller who meets people from all stations and walks of life. Though she has no wealth, she trades her stories like currency with people who are kind to her. In this novel, she shares the story of her own life and introduces readers to a diverse and eccentric cast of characters including the Lebanese émigré w...
Tags: Europe, Books, Book Clubs, Eva, MR Literary Club, Isabel Allende, Eva Luna


New Leaf April 2019 Discussion • The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey

Thread closed until start of discussion on April 15. The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey is the April 2019 selection for the New Leaf Book Club. Quote: The Daughter of Time is a 1951 detective novel by Josephine Tey, concerning a modern police officer's investigation into the alleged crimes of King Richard III of England. It was the last book Tey published in her lifetime, shortly before her death. In 1990 it was voted number one in The Top 100 Crime Nov...
Tags: Books, England, Time, Book Clubs, Richard III, Josephine Tey, Tey, British Crime Writers Association


New Leaf Vote for for April 2019 • The Way I Heard It: Retellings

Heads up! This is a three-day poll. Let's select the book we'll read and discuss in April 2019! We love new participants. We're happy for you to vote, but we'd like to request that you not vote unless you plan to join the discussion whatever the selection, in the interest of a vibrant conversation. :) So if you haven't posted in a book club thread yet, do please say a quick hello here or in the Welcome thread. This is a poll. Vote for as many books as you'd like. Questions? FAQs...
Tags: Amazon, Europe, Post, Books, UK, London, Australia, Washington Post, Scotland, Wikipedia, Time, US, New York Times, Book Clubs, Napoleon Bonaparte, New Mexico


New Leaf Nominations for April 2019 • The Way I Heard It: Retellings

It's time for us select the book that the New Leaf Book Club will read in April 2019. The theme is The Way I Heard It: Retellings . Everyone is welcome to join the nomination process even if they'd rather lurk during the voting and discussion; if that is still a little too much commitment, please feel free to suggest titles without making a formal nomination. Also, don't sweat the links. It's helpful to check availability and prices before nominating in order to eliminate anything that's...
Tags: Books, Book Clubs, Don, Edwin Drood


Literary Queer as Folk • March 2019

Help select what we'll read and discuss next! The topic is There's Nowt so Queer as Folk. This references the original turn of the phrase- that people in general can be odd and different. So, the topic could be about any character or group of characters with 'differences' whatever those may be, or considered strange by others or those around them. Or it could be about seemingly ordinary people who turn out not to be so ordinary after all. Or it could have something to do with the modern-day ...
Tags: Books, Book Clubs


Literary Picnic at Hanging Rock by Joan Lindsay

'In 1900, a class of young women from an exclusive private school go on an excursion to the isolated Hanging Rock, deep in the Australian bush. The excursion ends in tragedy when three girls and a teacher mysteriously vanish after climbing the rock. Only one girl returns, with no memory of what has become of the others...' Discussion sections are an encouragement to keep those reading on a more similar timeline and perhaps foster more discussion. These are only softly recommended however and no...
Tags: Books, Book Clubs, MR Literary Club, Joan Lindsay


New Leaf March 2019 Discussion • Edwin Drood by Charles Dickens

Thread closed until start of discussion on March 15. The Mystery of Edwin Drood by Charles Dickens is the March selection for the New Leaf Book Club. Dickens's last novel, it had six of twelve installments written by his death on June 9, 1870. Quote: Although Dickens had included touches of the Gothic and horrific in his earlier works, Edwin Drood was his only true mystery story. He left few clues as to how he intended to end the work, and the solution i...
Tags: Books, Book Clubs, Charles Dickens, Dickens, Edwin Drood, New Leaf Book Club Dickens


New Leaf Vote for for March 2019 • Murder, They Wrote: Deadly Pursuits

Let's select the book we'll read and discuss in March 2019! We love new participants. We're happy for you to vote, but we'd like to request that you not vote unless you plan to join the discussion whatever the selection, in the interest of a vibrant conversation. :) So if you haven't posted in a book club thread yet, do please say a quick hello here or in the Welcome thread. This is a poll. Vote for as many books as you'd like. Questions? FAQs |
Tags: Amazon, Europe, Books, UK, Patricia Highsmith, California, Berlin, US, Toronto, San Francisco, Syria, Fbi, Dave, Brooklyn, Middle East, Book Clubs


New Leaf Nominations for March 2019 • Murder, They Wrote: Deadly Pursuits

The neverending month of January has ended, so it's time to help us select the book that the New Leaf Book Club will read in March 2019. The theme is Murder, They Wrote: Deadly Pursuits Everyone is welcome to join the nomination process even if they'd rather lurk during the voting and discussion; if that is still a little too much commitment, please feel free to suggest titles without making a formal nomination. Also, don't sweat the links. It's helpful to check availability and prices ...
Tags: Books, Book Clubs, Don


Literary Free Falling • February 2019

Help select what we'll read and discuss next! The topic is Free Falling. It could be: A fall into or out of a relationship. A fall into personal despair (economic, depression,...). A novel (or maybe non-fiction) framed within a stock market, business or economic crash. Science fiction with an anti-gravity thread. A novel involving sky-divers. A free falling journey. etc. Also a few clues in this video Detailed nominating and voting guidelines can be found here. Basically, nomination...
Tags: Books, Book Clubs


New Leaf February 2019 Discussion • A Delicate Truth by John le Carré

Thread closed until start of discussion on February 15, 2019. A Delicate Truth by John le Carré is the February selection for the New Leaf Book Club. Quote: A Delicate Truth is a 2013 spy novel by John le Carré. Set in 2008 and 2011, the book features a British/American covert mission in Gibraltar and the subsequent consequences for two British civil servants. Le Carré describes this as not only his most British novel but also his most autobiographical wor...
Tags: Books, Book Clubs, Gibraltar, John, John Le Carre, Le Carre


Literary Goblin Market and Other Poems by Christina Rossetti

'Goblin Market and Other Poems was Christina Rossetti's first full volume of poetry, published in 1862. The collection received widespread critical praise and established Rossetti as the foremost female poet of her time. Tennyson, Hopkins and Swinburne all admired her work. The title poem 'Goblin Market' is arguably her most famous, a fairy tale entwining themes of sisterhood, temptation and sexuality. This collection also includes 'Up-hill', an allegorical dialogue on life and death and 'Maude ...
Tags: Books, Book Clubs, MR Literary Club, Christina Rossetti, Swinburne, Rossetti, Tennyson Hopkins, Maude Clare


New Leaf Runoff vote for February 2019 • Let's Make a Deal: Trade Secrets

This is a runoff vote to select the book we'll read and discuss in February 2019! We love new participants. We're happy for you to vote, but we'd like to request that you not vote unless you plan to join the discussion whatever the selection, in the interest of a vibrant conversation. :) So if you haven't posted in a book club thread yet, do please say a quick hello here or in the Welcome thread. Vote for one. Questions? FAQs |
Tags: Europe, Books, New York, Patricia Highsmith, Britain, Italy, Book Clubs, Gibraltar, John Le Carre, Times, Henry James, Mediterranean, James, Vladimir Nabokov, Tom Ripley, Tom


New Leaf Vote for February 2019 • Let's Make a Deal: Trade Secrets

Let's select the book we'll read and discuss in February 2019! We love new participants. We're happy for you to vote, but we'd like to request that you not vote unless you plan to join the discussion whatever the selection, in the interest of a vibrant conversation. :) So if you haven't posted in a book club thread yet, do please say a quick hello here or in the Welcome thread. This is a poll. Vote for as many books as you'd like. Questions? FAQs |
Tags: Amazon, Europe, Books, UK, England, New York, London, Patricia Highsmith, Australia, China, Germany, India, US, Frankfurt, Britain, Italy


Literary A Touch of the Poetic • January 2019

I hope all of you rang in the new year well. :celebrate: Now, help select our first read of 2019! The topic is A Touch of the Poetic. January was our Poetry month for years and this is something of an homage, though a distinct new topic in its own right. This can be novels with some poetic element or atmosphere about them, or with poetry or a poet as an element or theme, or with poet, poetry or poetic in the title, or however else one may interpret the topic, and of course actual poetry is a...
Tags: Books, Book Clubs


New Leaf Nominations for February 2019 • Let's Make a Deal: Trade Secrets

Happy New Year to all the New Leafers and to MobileReaders everywhere. Help us select the book that the New Leaf Book Club will read in February 2019. The theme is Let's Make a Deal: Trade Secrets Everyone is welcome to join the nomination process even if they'd rather lurk during the voting and discussion; if that is still a little too much commitment, please feel free to suggest titles without making a formal nomination. Also, don't sweat the links. It's helpful to check availabili...
Tags: Books, Book Clubs, Don


Literary The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa

'Sometimes you have to leave behind everything you know to find the place you truly belong... Nana the cat is on a road trip. He is not sure where he's going or why, but it means that he gets to sit in the front seat of a silver van with his beloved owner, Satoru. Side by side, they cruise around Japan through the changing seasons, visiting Satoru's old friends. He meets Yoshimine, the brusque and unsentimental farmer for whom cats are just ratters; Sugi and Chikako, the warm-hearted couple wh...
Tags: Books, Japan, Book Clubs, Nana, MR Literary Club, Kosuke, Satoru, Sugi, Hiro Arikawa, Satoru Side, Yoshimine, Chikako


New Leaf January 2019 Discussion • The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin

Thread closed until start of discussion on January 15, 2019 The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin is the January selection for the New Leaf Book Club. Quote: The Left Hand of Darkness was among the first books in the genre now known as feminist science fiction and is the most famous examination of androgyny in science fiction. A major theme of the novel is the effect of sex and gender on culture and society.
Tags: Books, Book Clubs, Ursula K Le Guin