Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Book Club, Anyone?

As you may know, I love books, and more importantly, I love reading them. Someday, I will have a home library like the one pictured below. Only, maybe without the green curtain. And with at least two more walls of books. At least.


I recently finished reading book 5 of the A Song of Fire and Ice series (aka the "Game of Thrones" series) by George R. R. Martin. Sadly, there are no more to read. Yet, anyway. And I'm not going to hold my breath for the next one, since this one just came out, and from what I understand, it took him seven years to write this last one (I may have gotten this wrong. I really hope I got that wrong.) Anyway, now that I've finished what's available for this series, I'm at a loss as to what to read next. So I wondered - what should I read next? And do you want to read with me?

I've always loved the idea of book clubs, though for one reason or another, I've never belonged to one. Are you interested in participating in a virtual book club with me, here, at In Pursuit of Pretty Things? If so, leave a comment below, along with a book you think we should read. If enough people seem interested, we'll choose a book via poll, and schedule a "meeting" for us to get together and discuss. 

I'll only say one more thing - I prefer fiction. You?

19 comments:

  1. I'm interested!!!  Do you like historical fiction?  I just read a great book called The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley that was about a historical fiction writer and it alternated between the story of her writing in the present and the story she was writing set in the past.  I also read Geraldine Brooks's latest novel Caleb's Crossing and it was excellent too.  I love anything by Brooks, Isabel Allende, Sarah Addison Allen, and Kate Morton.  Another fun book I read recently was the first book in what will be a trilogy by Deborah Harkness called A Discovery of Witches -- it revolves around a growing relationship between a witch and a vampire and there's a mysterious book that all the witches and vampires want to get their hands on and the main character is also a university professor in addition to being a witch so I enjoyed the parts of the book describing her academic life too.  :-)  Are you on Goodreads?  If so, I'll add you as a friend and share my reading lists with you.  It might also be a good place to organize the book club because I think you can make groups there and have everyone join.

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  2. i LOOOOOOVEEEE the george rr martin books... i'm 1/3 of the way through the 5th book right now. (shhh... don't give away the ending... i'm dying to find out if they reveal jon snow's parents)

    i'm also in a book club now.... we're reading "the immortal life of henrietta lacks" (really good... and really sad)... also read "the help" and "just kids" (the patty smith story)... i think next on my list will be "devil in the white city"... 

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  3. I am definitely interested in joining!  I'm in a monthly book club right now.  We've read Love in the Time of Cholera, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, and Water for Elephants so far.  I was in a FB book club for a little while, but it was a little too fast paced for me.  We read The Final Testament of Jesus Christ and Bright Shiny Morning, both by James Frey.  The cool thing was that the organizer invited Frey to be a part of our discussion and he commented on our posts a couple of times.  I'm open to any book, fiction or non-fiction. 

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  4. I would be interested! I like a lot of the same stuff as Debbie (Dark Horse) , we seem to read a lot of the same types of books. (we used to do a book club together) I'm on Goodreads too if you're on there. I just finished reading the Hunger Games trilogy which I LOVED. I'm up for anything! http://iamsarajane.blogspot.com/

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  5. I've never been in a book club but I'd be interested in seeing where this leads - I'm always looking for new good reads. Currently reading The Hangman's Daughter by Oliver Potzsch.

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  6. I'm an avid reader and very interested. I'm just about to start *22 Britannia Road* by Amanda Hodgkinson and *The Tiger's Wife* by Tea Obreht. Both might work in a book club setting. I also just finished *The Provence Cure for a Broken Heart* which was a lovely read.

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  7. I'm down! I love pretty much any type of book. The idea of discussing with you ladies is fab.

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  8. Yes, absolutely!

    As a recently graduated English major, I'm very sad about the prospect of not taking any more English classes for a long time - a virtual book club would be perfect to fill the void. Plus, I've fallen terribly behind on contemporary fiction and could use the external motivation. I'm currently rereading The Fellowship of the Ring (see what I mean about contemporary lit?).

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  9. I'm interested! I prefer fiction or a good non-fiction story.

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  10. QuestforFashionSenseAugust 10, 2011 at 8:42 AM

    Oh...if you like the fantasy genre in particular, check out Sanderson's Mistborn series if you haven't already!

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  11. hey I love books and am immensely interested in this idea I also prefer fiction 

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  12. Ohh, I love to read too! Right now I'm really into Scandanavian crime....I'm starting the Kurt Wallander Dectective series by Henning Mankell! :-)

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  13. Either you were reading my tweets last night, or we are on the same wavelength lady!  I just tweeted about this last night :)  I'm IN!  I also strongly prefer fiction.

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  14. Yay! I'd love to!  I went to a "Great Books School" for my undergrad degree, and have a strong love for classics and philosophy, but I'm also a sucker for sci-fi (um, Hunger Games?!) and autobiographies (Just Kids was so good I cried every night I read it!).  

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  15. Me!  Me!  I love reading.  My Kindle goes with me everywhere!

    Books that are on my to-read list:
    A Stolen Life by Jaycee Dugard
    Why We Buy and Call of the Mall by Paco Underhill (maybe particularly appropriate for this group ;) )Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
    At Home: A Short History of Private Life by Bill Bryson
    Up from the Blue: A Novel by Susan Henderson
    Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll  (please tell me I'm not the only one who only saw the movies)
    Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery (ditto)

    Books that I've read and loved so much, I would re-read for the group and be thrilled to discuss:
    The Help by Kathryn Stocket
    Room: A Novel by Emma Donoghue
    The Hunger Games Series by Suzanne Collins

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  16. I love to read and a book club sounds like fun! I have a weakness for children's books and I just finished reading The Search For Wondla which is a great book for kids. If you like graphic novels the Amulet series is another one kids would love. I am currently reading Snow Flower and the Secret Fan. Anyways sorry I'm rambling but I'm in!

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  17. Have you heard of www.goodreads.com?  It's a really fun site where you can rate books, share them, write recommendations, follow friends' reviews, and - my favorite - make virtual bookshelves!  I'm completely addicted to it... and they have virtual book clubs you can join too.  (Also, I'm reading book one right now!)

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  18. I would love to be in your book club. I read your blog everyday... and this is the first time I've commented! I'm actually a reading specialist at an elementary school so I often have to read children's and young adult literature! I would welcome a great book and some great discussion with a group of fabulous ladies!!!

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  19. i'm actually a big fan of non-fiction - especially biographies!

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