Monday, January 19, 2009

Book Circle Voting Time!

Here is the list of suggestions. We need to choose 12 from the list. It will be tricky, but don't forget there is nothing to stop you reading some of the others if you want to include them on a personal reading list somewhere.

Brief descriptions of the books can often be found on your library's catalogue, Amazon and other sources.

1. Vote for 12 and send your choices to me at pdugmore2001@yahoo dot co dot nz . I know some of the members are away but are happy to read other's choices or have already voted.

2. I'll post the selected book list towards the end of the week. This will mean we won't have a January '09 book to read, so we will make January 2010 the end point (for now).

3. I have separated out those books that some of the members have read. This doesn't not preclude them from voting.


The 19th Wife / David Ebershoff
Atonement / Ian McEwan
Beautiful Boy/ David Sheeff
The book thief / Markus Zusak
The birthday present / Barbara Vine
Back When We Were Grown Ups / Anne Tyler
Blindsight / Maurice Gee
Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World
Durable Goods / Elizabeth Berg
Eucalyptus / Murray Bail
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close / Jonathan Safran Foer
Enduring Love /Ian McEwan
The Gathering / Anne Enright
The Girl on the Landing / Paul Torday
The girl with the dragon tattoo / Stieg Larson
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society/Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows
The House of Spirits /Isabel Allende
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter / Carson McCullers
The independence of Miss Mary Bennett / Colleen McCollough
I know this much is true / Wally Lamb
Letter to my daughter / Maya Angelou
The Lieutenant / Kate Grenville
Life of Pi / Yann Martel
Live Bodies / Maurice Gee
Love in the time of cholera / Gabriel García Márquez ; translated from the Spanish by Edith Grossman
A Mercy / Toni Morrison
Miracle at St. Anna by James McBride
The minutes of the Lazurus Club / Tony Pollard
The opium clerk / Kunal Basu
Mr Pip / Lloyd Jones
Running With Scissors / Augusten Burroughs
PS I love You / Cecelia Ahern
People of the Book: A Novel
/ Geraldine Brooks
Pride and Prejudice / Jane Austen
Sophies World /Jostein Gaarder
The Story of Edgar Sawtelle / David Wroblewski
To Siberia / Per Patterson

Twilight / Stephenie Meyer
Tu / Patricia Grace
Unaccustomed Earth / Jhumpa Lahiri
The uncommon reader / Alan Bennett
What to do when someone dies / Nicci French
Wild Swans : Daughters of China / Jung Chan
Water for elephants / Sara Gruen
The various flavours of coffee / Anthony Capella

Non Fiction
Books: A memoir / Larry McMurty
In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto / Michael Pollan
Fantastic pasts : imaginary adventures in New Zealand history / Matthew Wright
This horrid practice : the myth and reality of traditional Maori cannibalism / Paul Moon.
The journal of Helene Barr
The last lecture / Randy Pausch
Letters from the Bay of Islands: The story of Marianne Williams, Caroline
A million little pieces / James Frey
The Mitford Girls / Mary Lovell
The Man Who Loved China / Simon Winchester
The middle place / Kelly Corrigan
On Hitler's mountain : my Nazi childhood / Irmgard Hunt
Over the Edge of the World: Magellan's Terrifying Circumnavigation of the Globe / Laurence Bergreen
Shakespeare's Wife /Germaine Greer
Three Cups of Tea /Greg Mortenson
The Twelve little Cakes/ Dominika Dery
Until the final hour : Hitler's last secretary / Traudl Junge ; edited by Melissa Müller
The zookeeper's wife / Diane Ackerman.

Books some members have read
The curious incident of the dog in the night-time / Mark Haddon
Gilead / Marilynne Robinson
The god of small things / Arundhati Roy
The Handmaid's Tale / Margaret Atwood
Mao's Last Dancer / Cunxin Li
Maps for lost lovers / Nadeem Aslam
The memory keeper's daughter / Kim Edwards
Memoirs of a Geisha / Arthur Golden
Shanharam: A Novel / Gregory David Roberts
A thousand splendid suns /Khaled Hosseini

Non Fiction some members have read
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle / Barbara Kingsolver
Stiff : the curious lives of human cadavers / Mary Roach

Book circle Members so far (I suggest you add them to your feed reader, but I will make a side bar list too)

Emma (to join when able)
Julie Maree

There is still room for folks to join if they wish.

6.53pm Edited to add Janine's suggestions which somehow I forgot to do so.


  1. Cool!

    Thanks, Penny.

    Now the big decision time...the hard part is choosing only twelve.

  2. You realise of course, that I am going to have to pocket my principles and pay my fine at the local library so I can get most of these books!

  3. Anonymous9:18 pm

    Done, can't wait to see what the final list is!
    LOL with Jenny. I understand. I usually buy books because I am so forgetful I may as well have bought the book in the first place!

  4. Yikes - I meant to join in on this when I first read it on Janine's blog. Please count me in too!

    Now, I won't add to the suggestions, because you have an enormous amount to choose from already, and they all seen pretty close to what I like anyway.

  5. My Two cents:
    Water for Elephants is a LOVELY book. That or Potato peel pie society to start with so I can comment on it and not have to read anything till I'm finished with this course!

    There are a few others on the list I have read too.

    Who'd have thunk it a Librarian that READS???