Sunday, January 25, 2009

Final Book list

All the votes are in and these are the rankings that emerged. I must say I was amused that I didn't end up voting for all of mine, and in fact my book list of titles I wish to read has now grown! So no doubt you will see a few turn up on my Reading Round up. :)
  1. The book thief / Markus Zusak 6
  2. Letter to my daughter / Maya Angelou 5
  3. The zookeeper's wife / Diane Ackerman. 5
  4. In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto / Michael Pollan 5
  5. The 19th Wife / David Ebershoff 4
  6. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society/Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows 4
  7. Love in the time of cholera / Gabriel García Márquez ; translated from the Spanish by Edith Grossman 4
  8. PS I love You / Cecelia Ahern 4
  9. The girl with the dragon tattoo / Stieg Larson 4
  10. Running With Scissors / Augusten Burroughs 3
  11. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close / Jonathan Safran Foer 3
  12. Mr Pip / Lloyd Jones 3
  13. The Girl on the Landing / Paul Torday 3
  14. Beautiful Boy/ David Sheeff 3
  15. Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World 3
  16. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter / Carson McCullers 3
  17. Live Bodies / Maurice Gee 3
  18. Pride and Prejudice / Jane Austen 3
  19. Twilight / Stephenie Meyer 3
  20. The independence of Miss Mary Bennett / Colleen McCollough 3
  21. The uncommon reader / Alan Bennett 3
  22. The middle place / Kelly Corrigan 3
  23. Shakespeare's Wife /Germaine Greer 3
  24. The House of Spirits /Isabel Allende 2
  25. A Mercy / Toni Morrison 2
  26. The Story of Edgar Sawtelle / David Wroblewski 2
  27. Tu / Patricia Grace 2
  28. Unaccustomed Earth / Jhumpa Lahiri 2
  29. On Hitler's mountain : my Nazi childhood / Irmgard Hunt 2
  30. Three Cups of Tea /Greg Mortenson 2
  31. The memory keeper's daughter / Kim Edwards 2
  32. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle / Barbara Kingsolver 2
  33. The opium clerk / Kunal Basu 2
  34. The various flavours of coffee / Anthony Capella 2
  35. The Mitford Girls / Mary Lovell 2
  36. The Man Who Loved China / Simon Winchester 2
  37. The curious incident of the dog in the night-time / Mark Haddon 2
  38. Water for elephants / Sara Gruen 1
  39. The journal of Helene Barr 1
  40. Over the Edge of the World: Magellan's Terrifying Circumnavigation of the Globe / Laurence Bergreen 1
  41. The Twelve little Cakes/ Dominika Dery 1
  42. The Handmaid's Tale / Margaret Atwood 1
  43. Mao's Last Dancer / Cunxin Li 1
  44. The Handmaid's Tale / Margaret Atwood 1
  45. Mao's Last Dancer / Cunxin Li 1
  46. Atonement / Ian McEwan 1
  47. People of the Book: A Novel / Geraldine Brooks 1
  48. Miracle at St. Anna by James McBride 1
  49. What to do when someone dies / Nicci French 1
  50. Wild Swans : Daughters of China / Jung Chan 1
  51. This horrid practice : the myth and reality of traditional Maori cannibalism / Paul Moon. 1
  52. A million little pieces / James Frey 1
  53. The Lieutenant / Kate Grenville 1
  54. Life of Pi / Yann Martel 1
  55. I know this much is true / Wally Lamb 1
  56. Enduring Love /Ian McEwan 1
  57. The Gathering / Anne Enright 1
  58. Back When We Were Grown Ups / Anne Tyler 1
  59. Blindsight / Maurice Gee 1
  60. Until the final hour : Hitler's last secretary / Traudl Junge ; edited by Melissa Müller 1
  61. Memoirs of a Geisha / Arthur Golden 1
  62. Shanharam: A Novel / Gregory David Roberts 1
  63. A thousand splendid suns /Khaled Hosseini 1
  64. The birthday present / Barbara Vine
  65. Durable Goods / Elizabeth Berg
  66. Eucalyptus / Murray Bail
  67. To Siberia / Per Patterson
  68. The minutes of the Lazurus Club / Tony Pollard
  69. Sophies World /Jostein Gaarder
  70. Books: A memoir / Larry McMurty
  71. Fantastic pasts : imaginary adventures in New Zealand history / Matthew Wright
  72. The last lecture / Randy Pausch
  73. Letters from the Bay of Islands: The story of Marianne Williams, Caroline Fitzgerald
  74. Gilead / Marilynne Robinson
  75. The god of small things / Arundhati Roy
  76. Maps for lost lovers / Nadeem Aslam
  77. Stiff : the curious lives of human cadavers / Mary Roach
As #10-12 all have 3 votes I have randomised all the titles that had 3 votes so the final list of 12 selected books are the following ones in bold:
  1. The book thief / Markus Zusak
  2. Letter to my daughter / Maya Angelou
  3. The zookeeper's wife / Diane Ackerman
  4. In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto / Michael Pollan
  5. The 19th Wife / David Ebershoff
  6. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society/Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows
  7. Love in the time of cholera / Gabriel García Márquez ; translated from the Spanish by Edith Grossman
  8. PS I love You / Cecelia Ahern
  9. The girl with the dragon tattoo / Stieg Larson
  10. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close / Jonathan Safran Foer
  11. Beautiful Boy/ David Sheeff
  12. Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World
  13. The uncommon reader / Alan Bennett
  14. Shakespeare's Wife /Germaine Greer
  15. Running With Scissors / Augusten Burroughs
  16. Mr Pip / Lloyd Jones
  17. Twilight / Stephenie Meyer
  18. Live Bodies / Maurice Gee
  19. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter / Carson McCullers
  20. The Girl on the Landing / Paul Torday
  21. The middle place / Kelly Corrigan
  22. The independence of Miss Mary Bennett / Colleen McCollough
  23. Pride and Prejudice / Jane Austen
I used the randomiser again to select which book we'd read each month and these are the results, with a slight modification made in deference to Emma... i.e. the first book on the list is one she has read so she can join us for February as well.
  1. February: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society/Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows
  2. March: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close / Jonathan Safran Foer
  3. April: In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto / Michael Pollan
  4. May: The 19th Wife / David Ebershoff
  5. June: The zookeeper's wife / Diane Ackerman
  6. July: Letter to my daughter / Maya Angelou
  7. August: PS I love You / Cecelia Ahern
  8. September: Beautiful Boy/ David Sheeff
  9. October: Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World
  10. November: The girl with the dragon tattoo / Stieg Larson
  11. December: Love in the time of cholera / Gabriel García Márquez ; translated from the Spanish by Edith Grossman
  12. January 2010: The book thief / Markus Zusak
So there you are my friends - go forth and find The Guernsey literary & Potato Peel Society for this month and we'll see you back at the end of February with some book reviews! I'm heading off to put it on hold at the library...

11 comments:

  1. Awesome! Thanks for this. My library has the book so will go & grab it tomorrow.

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  2. Very exciting. Checked my library and have put a hold on this book - really looking forward to reading it.

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  3. I'm not in the reading group but I might read a couple of those books at some point!

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  4. LOL, Ive read this one (not that im in the group!), luckily my aunt had a copy as i was no#11 at the library on the list. My SIL in W. Auckland was 312 on her libraries list :0

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  5. Awesome! I am really looking forward to the first book. I have heard good things about it :) And I have a head start on March seeing as I have already read that one :)

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  6. Hey Penny I often pop into your blog via my SIL Jenny & I am reading The Book Thief at the moment & its great. Nice to see your list & will add a few to our book club here.

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  7. Fantastic, thanks for getting this together. I am looking forward to finding and reading my first book.

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  8. Thanks Penny! Looking forward to reading and ruminating with everyone (cud chewing strictly optional).

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  9. Yay - got the book. Have to read it quick - it is a "bestseller" so I only have it for a week!

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  10. Boo - it's on loan at my library and there are SEVEN other requests! Nice to know it's popular, I spose... Will see if my aunts have it, may be able to borrow it off them instead.

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  11. I'm back from holiday and excited to see our reading list. I have reserved the first book (but I'm 3rd in line - hope the others read fast!)

    I read 4 books while on holiday - bliss.

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