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Friday, November 7, 2008

The Noms... + One More!!!

Edit: It hasn't escaped my notice that only 5 peps have voted on this month's book, and I was wondering if maybe I should put a "lighter" option out there (a few of these books seem a bit on the heavy/deep side). So, I'm adding a 6th book to the nom for you to consider:

#6 Uglies by Scott Westerfield




It's a Sci-Fi young adult novel about a future society in which everyone is "ugly" until they turn 16, when they undergo a procedure to be turned "pretty." But not everyone wants to be turned pretty... (whoa wha...?). Anyway, I've only read a few chapters in (I just picked it up the other day) but so far so good, and I think it might make for a good discussion, kind of controversial, lots of fun "terms" we can overuse, and stuff like that. So, I'm putting it out there.

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Hey you gize. Sorry this post is late!
10 books were mentioned for nomination, and I narrowed it down to 5. I tried to pick a variety...

#1. Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins



This is a middle-grade novel (ages 9-12). What? Is that beneath you? Snob.
Anyway, the great Suzanne Collins wrote it so I thought it deserved a place in the noms.

#2. The Keeper of the Bees by Gene Stratton Porter



Amazon didn't say much about The Keeper of the Bees, but I googled it and found a free digital version of The Keeper of the Bees online, and I read the first chapter and it was good you gize. You can actually read the whole book online for free if you are willing to sit at your computer and read it. This book is not in PAPERBACK print, only HARDCOVER print, which is more expensive. There were used paperback copies on Amazon for sale, or you can read it online. Just things to consider...

#3. Exodus by Leon Uris



Exodus looks really good you gize. It seems like an exciting story, and Memzy and Landee are pretty goo-goo-ga-ga for this Ari fellow, so I'm assuming there's a good love story there too, if that's your thing. It got good reviews on Amazon, and most people said it was a page turner. The thing is, it was lots of pages to turn. 640, to be exact. But that's less pages than Breaking Dawn you gize.

#4. Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns



This looks like a charming "coming of age" story. I found this helpful review on YouTube...



Er, OK, not that helpful. Srsly, it's supposed to be cute/funny/touching and it got good reviews from amazon viewers. Go check it out.

#5 Watership Down by Richard Adams


This sounds interesting, and it seems to have a fan following of sorts. See, it's about these rabbits... well, it's really an allegory for our own human culture... er, OK, I found this somewhat creepy trailer from the 1970s cartoon version of the book...





OK, cast your nonpartisan vote...

27 comments:

Landee said...

Pay no attention to the unfortunate looking boy with the book!!! It is very good (I'm now a whole 3/4 way through) and I know you gize would like it but it is a complete departure for us.

Watership Down looks like it may make me think too much and make my brain hurt. That is ungood.

Exodus does that but with a love story. You get done reading it and you feel like an expert on the Middle East. Leon Uris tricks you into learning stuff.

Put me down for voting for Cold Sassy and Exodus. I can too vote for two!

Markie23 said...

I'm no book snob. Gregor the Overlander sounds good to me. Suzanne Collins has never let me down yet.

samandlysander said...

I'm voting for Gregor the Overlander.

Sam, Shel & Co said...

Wow...tough choice.

I think my #1 pick is The Exodus and #2 would be...

I can't decide and my brain is tired.

Memzy said...

EXODUS - #1
Gregor - #2

Memzy said...

Oh, and I love that you put all the work into it and we just get to read. So thanks for that.

Jenny ESP said...

What's with the double votes? There can only be one winner, so only pick one book. It's a real "Sophie's Choice," I know. But srsly, you can read them all if you want, but you can only pick one of them for our book club this month, and we can totally "Go Green" and recycle any of the "losers" next month. Global warming.

Landee said...

I refuse to pick just one. Throw out my votes if you must.

quesetescapa said...

Uglies.

Landee said...

Oooooohhhh! That book sounds scrumptous in the fugliest of ways.

I cast my ONE meesly vote for Uglies. Plus, it looks like I could recreate that book cover no prob.

Cristin said...

Ummm Uglies...wait no Gregor. Wait no Exodus...yeah exodus...wait no...ummmm Uglies..Yeah uglies...Totally Uglies....maybe....

Cristin said...

Uglies for sure

Hot Pants said...

I was going to say Uglies, until Jenny suggested my face would work perfect on the cover (I have the email to prove it). Now, I'm going to vote for......Uglies. I just remembered, she said they start out ugly and after 16 turn pretty. I'm older than 16, that must be what Jenny meant!

I would also be happy with the Gregor Overlander. Really, to be totally honest, I will read whatever you tell me to read. Except porn, cuz the prophet said not to.

Markie23 said...

Uglies looks lovely, and I'm willing to flip my vote if it will help move this process along.

ManicMandee said...

I don't really have a strong preference to any of them. They all look ok to me. I guess I'd choose the Uglies cuz I can relate to that.

samandlysander said...

I just bought the uglies and gregor because thats what it seemed like everyone was going for.

Jenny ESP said...

I bought Exodus, Gregor, Uglies, I'm gonna read the Bee Keeper book online for free, and the Grand Sophie just arrived in my mailbox. That's five books, and I'll still have time to read Watership Down and Sweet Sassy Frass by the end of the month. Bam!

Sooooo, do you gize think anyone else is gonna vote? Should I wait or tally the votes? I'll give it until tomorrow afternoon, then I'm taking the poor Hunger Games decorations down...

Memzy said...

Uglies!!!!

^Does that sound too overexcited? Cuz I'm calm and mature and stuff. And over 16. ::wink::

Hot Pants said...

JennyESP sounds a little puffed up you gize.

Jenny ESP said...

Oh, Amy, forgot to mention, there's this random secondary character who's briefly mentioned in chapter one of Uglies who you will just fall head over heels in love with! He plays an insignificant role in the grand scheme of things, but he's described as being really drop dead gorgeous. Sigh. So regardless if Uglies gets picked, you MUST read chapter one.

Sam, Shel & Co said...

If we don't get something picked soon, we'll be picking for December. :0)

Cristin said...

FYI Jenny, I followed that link for The Bee Keeper and it doesn't have the whole book...so i had to buy it. Not that I'm complaining, I just thought you should be aware, I don't want you to read up to where it ends and go "wha???" like I did. your welcome.

Landee said...

Ok, um, Uglies is part ONE of a trilogy... Uglies, Pretties, Specials.

Should I just get the boxed set?

Amazon needs to know.

Emily said...

I vote for Uglies too. Sounds way interesting. But, whatever...

Cristin said...

I'm going for the boxed set...only having the first book of a set reminds me of when I first got Twilight and I almost had a panic attack that I didn't have the others in my hands before I was done with the first book. I can't go through that again...I just can't. ::breathing deeply and trying to think of pleasant things::

Amanda said...

I've read Exodus in high school. And yes there is one part I remember after all these years if you know what I mean.

Amanda said...

Sorry. I just realized I'm not in your book club so I should just keep my mouth shut.