One Book a Week Club, 2009

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Post by thistlechick » January 3rd, 2009, 11:30 am

So, what are you reading this year?

One book a week... or one book a year. Whatever your reading speed, the One Book a Week Club is here for discussion and encouragement. Join in the fun =)

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Post by gypsygirl » January 3rd, 2009, 12:01 pm

Nothing posted yet for '09, but when I do, it'll go here, as usual:
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Post by thistlechick » January 3rd, 2009, 12:07 pm

I am now keeping track of my books on GoodReads: My GoodReads page, but I will post in this thread as well.
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Post by Cori » January 3rd, 2009, 12:15 pm

I'm in, and will be editing this post to update on what I read.

1. The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim (LV audio, marvellous)
2. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne. (Print, sad but I'd recommend it anyway.)
3. Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather. (eText, good.)
4. Deliverance by James Dickey. (eText, good.)
5. The Odd Women by George Gissing. (eText, very good.)
6. Brokeback Mountain by E. Annie Proulx. (eText, excellent.)
7. The Way of the Bow by Paulo Coelho. (eText, non-fic.)
8. Hunger by Knut Hamsen. (eText, okay.)
9. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad. (Print, good.)
10. Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote. (eText, good.)
11. We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson. (Excellent.)
12. Thinks... by David Lodge. (Pretty good, but didn't really do it for me.)
13. Headlong Hall by Thomas Love Peacock. (I'm going to record this, or contribute to it, sometime. Great Fun!)
14. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling. (I'd like to put on record my gratitude to Mr. Stephen Fry for being so patient in reading this to me -- we've taken about a year to get through the audiobook. But it was worth it.)
15. Saturday by Ian McEwan. (Good!)
16. The Waves by Virginia Woolf. (Has again taken a long time, but is a lovely slow-paced read.)
17. Gryll Grange by Thomas Love Peacock. (I bought a collected edition of his novels a month ago, you see.)
18. The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory. (Fascinating, though not so historically accurate, mebbe.)
19. The Empty Mirror: Experiences in a Japanese Zen Monastery by Janwillem van de Wetering. (Interesting, amusing, thought-provoking.)
20. Spook Country by William Gibson. (It didn't grab me as much as Pattern Recognition, but it's still good reading.)
21. The Plague by Albert Camus (great book.)
22. Fup: A Modern Fable by Jim Dodge (great little book.)
23. I am Legend by Richard Matheson. (Not what I was expecting, very good!)
24. Dish It Up, Baby! by Kristie Helms. (Awesome memoir written with honesty and style.)
25. An Ordinary Murder by Lesley Moreland. (Just finished recording this to go on audible. Honest, open non-fiction book about the murder of her daughter and how to live after such a thing happens.)
26. Whisper their Love by Valerie Taylor. (Lesbian pulp novel, thinking of trying to clear this or some others for LVing.)
27. The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie. (I really enjoyed this, though I confess many of the literary and cultural references were a bit over my head.)
28. The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood. (I haven't decided if I liked this or not. Very odd feeling, I'm not normally ambigious about books.)
29. A Room of One's Own by Virginia Woolf. (So good, I started reading it again as soon as I'd finished it.)
30. The Marvellous Land of Snergs by E. Wyke-Smith. (Such fun!)
31. How to Read Literature like a Professor by Thomas Foster. (A witty, interesting professor at that! Entertaining and intelligent, definitely recommended as a way into Reading Novels.)
32. Uglies by Scott Westerfield. (Wanted to like this more than I did, but still okay.)
33. The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder. (Good.)
34. Happy Policeman by Patricia Anthony. (Very thoughtful book, I'll definitely reread.)
35. Schindler's List by Thomas Keneally. (No, I've never seen the movie. Book's good-ish.)
36. The Talented Mr Ripley by Patricia Highsmith. (No, I've never seen the movie. Book's good-ish. *grin*)
37. Miss Pym Disposes by Josephine Tey. (The first of hers I've read, and I'm on a binge now! Very good!)
38. Atonement by Ian McEwan. (No, I've never seen the movie. Book's good-ish - but I felt it should have finished without coming to the present day. TMI.)
39. The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey. (Awesome!)
40. Dragonsong by Anne McCaffery. (A reread of an olde favourite.)
41. To Love and To Be Wise by Josephine Tey. (Cool, though more dated than some of the others.)
42. A Shilling for Candles by Josephine Tey. (Good.)
43. Metropolis by Thea von Harbou. (Really surprisingly different and good! I'm woeful it's not in the Public Domain, so if the rightsholders are looking for someone to Record an Audiobook version, me me!)
44. Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. (Good! Sometimes I do hang out in my own cultural millenium, you know.)
45. The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey. (Okay.)
46. The Solitary Summer by Elizabeth von Arnim. (Completely lovely! Gentle humour and Beautiful nature descriptions - both her garden and human nature too.)
47. The Infinite Moment by John Wyndham. (Little time travel stories. Good!)
48.Black Beauty by Anna Sewell. (Finished this as a solo recording here!)
49. A Doctor in the Forest by Bill Tandy. (Unique holiday reading.)
50. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by JA and Seth Grahame-Smith. (Apart from the sex, masochism and lavatorial 'humour' this was actually quite fun.)
51. The Museum of Cheats by Sylvia Townsend Warner. (She's SUCH a good writer. A little Woolfish.)
52. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. (Yes.)
53. Tales of Beedle the Bard by J. K. Rowling. (Really nice fairy tales, reminiscent of Nesbit and with funny commentary.)
54. Royal Children of English History by E. Nesbit. (Nearly finished as a solo here.)
55. Life of Pi by Yann Martel. (Well-written, but so over-hyped I struggled to get through it, and didn't really enjoy.)
56. The Slave of Silence by Fred M. White. (Excellent old story! Will either LV or BC this one soon!)
57. The Intellectual Life by P.G. Hamerton. (Victorian advice book, splendid.)
58. The Host by Stephanie Meyer. (Unusual character-centred sci-fi. Well worth a go!)
59. Non-Violent Communication by Marshall B. Rosenberg. (Inneresting non-fic.)
60. Odd Woman Out by Ann Bannon. (Great.)
61. Strong Poison by Dorothy L. Sayers (Also great.)
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Post by Illiterati » January 3rd, 2009, 1:25 pm


I'm going to bring a masculine point of view to this first page (and edit this as well). I have actually never followed my reading habits, so this is interesting. I have no idea how many books I read/listen in a year, or if I indeed have the patience to follow them for a year. I will probably also have quite a few obscure titles not available in English.

1. Nadine Gordimer: Six feet of the country - short stories from South Africa.
2. Franz Kafka: Metamorphosis/In the Penal Colony
3. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by F. Scott Fitgerald, LV recording - a novella really, but a great recording.
4. The Man Who Would Be King by Rudyard Kipling, LV-audio, brilliantly done by russiandoll. Lot of carpentery to do, so lots of audio coming.
5. The Secrets of the Gnomes by Wil Huygen and Rien Poortvliet. The Kids love it. Reading out loud, of course. This is a large book with 200 pages. Wouldn't list any of the small picture books. Thought I must put this here to stick to the truth. :D
6. The Call of the Wild by Jack London. LV recording.
7. Rape of Nanking by Iris Chang. Controversial? Yes.
8. The Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima & Nagasaki. Lv recording.
9. Dry White Season by Andre Brink.
10. Mouchette by Georges Bernanos.
11. Memories of My Melancholy Whores by Gabriel García Márquez.
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Post by Bead Krazy Dawn » January 3rd, 2009, 3:27 pm


I missed out on this last year. I too have never kept track of what I read in a year. This should be fun. Last year I got some great ideas on books to read from the fun and eclectic lists everyone posted. 8-)

1. Definitely Dead by Charlaine Harris - Vampires, Werewolves, Faeries and a lot of mystery.
2. All Together Dead by Charlaine Harris - Shape shifters, Vampire convention, and hotel explosions.
3. From Dead to Worse by Charlaine Harris. - Book 8, last in the series so far.
4. My Enemy's Cradle by Sara Young. - Family, love, hope and forgiveness in WW2.
5. Women Pilots of WW2 by Jean Hascall-Cole. - Stories of the women in her class of pilots.
6. Cross-eyed Dragon Troubles by Gloria Oliver. - Young girl is sent to a guild to learn to be a dragon knight.
7. Crystal Singer by Anne Mccaffrey - Young women joins an exclusive guild dealing with crystals.
8. The Cherokee Trail by Louis L'Amour - Great classic style western.
9. Guilty Pleasures by Laurell K. Hamilton
10. Orchid Beach by Stewart Woods - Excellent murder mystery.
11. 4th Wish by Ed Howdershelt - I'm bored now.
12. Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost
13. Nimisha's Ship by Anne Mccaffrey - A favorite, read many times.
14. Critical Conditions by Stephen White. Excellent. Want more of his books for sure.
15. Death Match by Lincoln Child. Very good, hard to put down.
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Post by anoldfashiongirl » January 3rd, 2009, 3:37 pm

Finished So Far:
1: My side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George
2: Dumb Witness a.k.a Poirot Loses a Client by Agatha Christie
3: The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
4: Why Didn't They Ask Evans? by Agatha Christie
5: The Regatta Mystery and other stories by Agatha Christie
6: All Through the Night by Grace Livingston Hill
7: The Sixty Billion Dollar Fugitive by Robert Hawks
8: Switching Well by Peni R. Griffin
9: Night of the Ninjas by Mary Pope Osbourne
10: Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare
11: The Tempest by William Shakespeare
12: Midsummer's Night Dream by William Shakespeare
13: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by F. Scott Fitzgerald
14: Rivers of Gold by Tracie Peterson
15: The Hollow by Agatha Christie
16: Coraline by Neil Giamen
17: Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
18: Esmerelda by Francis Hodgson Burnett
19: Inkspell by Cornelia Funke
20: Inkdeath by Cornelia Funke
21: Julie by Catherine Marshall
22: I, Robot by Cory Doctorow
23: The Little Princess by Francis Hodgson Burnett (reread)
24: The Boy in Striped Pajamas by John Boyne
25: The Light in the Window by Tracie Peterson
26: Cards on the Table by Agatha Christie
27: Mrs. McGinty's Dead by Agatha Christie
28: An Overdose Of Death by Agatha Christie
29: Black Coffee by Agatha Christie
30: Whispers Along the Rails by Judith Miller
31: An Uncertain Dream by Judith Miller
32: The Shunning by Beverly Lewis
33: The Confession by Beverly Lewis
34: The Reckoning by Beverly Lewis
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Post by libraryanne » January 4th, 2009, 7:14 am

Count me in too. I love reading/listening to books. I read a bunch last year and when I joined Librivox I read even more.

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Post by Gesine » January 7th, 2009, 10:51 am

Putting these links in for my own reference: Books I completed in 2007, and in 2008.

Completed in 2009:
  1. James Allen. The Way of Peace
  2. Diane Carey. Ghost Ship
  3. James Allen. Above Life's Turmoil
  4. Various. Short Mystery Story Collection 003
  5. Gene DeWeese. The Peacekeepers
  6. Wilkie Collins. The Woman in White
  7. C.W. Leadbeater. Vegetarianism and Occultism
  8. James Oliver Curwood. The Flaming Forest
  9. E.T.A. Hoffmann. Das Fraeulein von Scuderi
  10. Delmer E. Croft. Supreme Personality
  11. Gaston Leroux. The Mystery of the Yellow Room
  12. Bram Stoker. The Jewel of Seven Stars
  13. P.G. Wodehouse. A Man of Means
  14. Dorothy Canfield Fisher. Understood Betsie
  15. P.G. Wodehouse. Three Men and a Maid
  16. Jim Butcher. Storm Front
  17. James Allen. The Path of Prosperity
  18. John le Carre. The Night Manager
  19. Arthur B. Reeve & John W. Grey. The Master Mystery
  20. Arthur Schnitzler. Casanovas Heimfahrt
  21. Arnold Bennett. Literary Taste: How to Form It
  22. Princess Der Ling. Two Years in the Forbidden City
  23. Arthur Conan Doyle. A Study in Scarlet
  24. Earl Derr Biggers. The Agony Column
  25. James Hay. No Clue
  26. Virginia Woolf. Night and Day
  27. P.G. Wodehouse. The Adventures of Sally
  28. Albert Payson Terhune. His Dog
  29. Karl May. Winnetou. Eine Reiseerinnerung
  30. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. Novelle
  31. Erskine Childers. The Riddle of the Sands
  32. Henry Fielding. The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling
  33. James Allen. The Mastery of Destiny
  34. Edith Nesbit. The Magic World
  35. Maturin Murray Ballou. The Sea-Witch
  36. James Oliver Curwood. The Honor of the Big Snows
  37. Anna Katharine Green. Initials Only
  38. Maurice Leblanc. The Blonde Lady
  39. Catherine Helen Spence. Mr Hogarth's Will
  40. G.K. Chesterton. The Club of Queer Trades
  41. William R. Lighton. Lewis and Clark: Merriwether Lewis and William Clark
  42. Jeff Lindsay. Darkly Dreaming Dexter
  43. Anna Katharine Green. Missing: Page Thirteen
  44. John Kendrick Bangs. Alice in Blunderland: an Iridescent Dream
  45. Eleanor M. Ingram. The Thing From the Lake
  46. Nathaniel Hawthorne. The Scarlet Letter
  47. Charles Dickens. The Seven Poor Travellers
  48. Daisy Ashford. The Young Visiters, Or, Mr Salteena's Plan
  49. Gustave Flaubert. Madame Bovary
  50. Richard Marsh. The Beetle
  51. F. Scott Fitzgerald. This Side of Paradise
  52. Jean Webster. The Four Pools Mystery
  53. Laura Lee Hope. The Moving Picture Girls
  54. William Hope Hodgson. The House on the Borderland
  55. Meredith Nicholson. The House of a Thousand Candles
  56. Saki. When William Came
  57. Wilkie Collins. Fraeulein oder Frau?
  58. Ivan Turgenev. Fathers and Sons
  59. David Crystal. The Fight for English
  60. Various. Short Mystery Story Collection 004
  61. John R. Watson. The Hampstead Mystery
  62. James Joyce. Dubliners
  63. Sax Rohmer. Bat Wing
  64. Unknown. The String of Pearls
  65. Baroness Emmuska Orczy. Castles in the Air
  66. M.M. Pattison Muir. The Story of Alchemy and the Beginnings of Chemistry
  67. Mark Phillips. Brain Twister
  68. Various. Short Mystery Story Collection 005
  69. Booth Tarkington. The Turmoil
  70. Booth Tarkington. The Magnificent Ambersons
  71. Robert Browning. The Ring and the Book (radio adaptation)
  72. Mary Roberts Rinehart. The Bat
  73. Wilkie Collins. Armadale
  74. Edwin Benson. Life in a Mediaeval City, Illustrated by York in the XVth Century
  75. Anna Katharine Green. The Woman in the Alcove
  76. John Buchan. The Thirty-Nine Steps
  77. Rebecca West. The Return of the Soldier
  78. Frank Froest. The Grell Mystery
  79. Heinrich von Kleist. Die Marquise von O.
  80. George Barr McCutcheon. Graustark
  81. Sax Rohmer. The Return of Dr Fu Manchu
  82. D.H. Lawrence. Sons and Lovers
  83. Jessie Graham Flower. Grace Harlowe’s Plebe Year at High School
  84. Frances Hodgson Burnett. The Secret Garden
  85. P.G. Wodehouse. My Man Jeeves
  86. Julian Hawthorne, ed. Library of the World's Best Mystery and Detective Stories, vol. 4
  87. Kenneth Grahame. The Wind in the Willows
  88. Thomas Love Peacock. Nightmare Abbey
  89. Kirk Munroe. The Copper Princess
  90. P.G. Wodehouse. Uneasy Money
  91. Simon Kernick. Murder Exchange
  92. Sax Rohmer. The Hand of Fu Manchu
  93. Aphra Behn. Oroonoko, or The Royal Slave
  94. Amy Levy. Reuben Sachs: A Sketch
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Post by Hazel Pethig » January 7th, 2009, 11:24 am

Just to keep on top of what my children are reading, I will occasionally read the same book. Therefore I've just finished "The Host" by Stephanie Meyer.
I was good, but most definitely aimed at teen any young adult women. I also read a book my son got for Christmas, "uncle John's" newest bathroom reader. Perfect for me. Full of useless facts that only clutter up my memory.
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Post by gypsygirl » January 8th, 2009, 6:20 am

anoldfashiongirl wrote:"The Devil in the White City"
Ooh, I have this one on my "to read" list! :)
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Post by CarlManchester » January 8th, 2009, 2:48 pm

I tried this once before, and didn't really stick with it. So I'm not going to pretend to start again when I know I won't follow through.

However, I thought I'd mention that I'm reading two books at the moment, one of which is The iPod and Philosophy edited by Mr Dylan E Wittkower, who some of you will be aware of.

Maybe I'll post a review (but, if I don't, I should stress that this will more likely be because I often don't do things I intend to, and less a sign that I dislike the book).

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Post by rowdygirl » January 9th, 2009, 4:26 pm

Okay Gang,

I'm in for another year. trying to beat last years total.

BTW, Devil in the White City is Excellent!

1 - To Kill A Mockingbird - Harper Lee - What a read! Need I say more. I find it hard to believe this wasn't on last years list. (reread)
2 - Blue Heaven - C.J. Box - Excellent thriller! Four ex-cops after two children who saw them commit a murder. Set in Idaho.
3 - The Big Nowhere - James Ellroy - most of his stories are set in the 1940's and 50's Los Angeles and this no exception. gritty, hard-boiled thriller ala hammett or chandler. another winner by this author.
4 - Drifting South - Charles Davis - now and again you pick up a book for whatever reason - enticing cover, interesting summary - that reaches right into your soul. this is one of those books. a man's journey home after 21 years in prison for crimes he didn't commit. the mystery of the story - he wants to know why. Highly reccomended!
5 - Open Season - C J Box - a Wyoming game warden thrust into a race to save an endangerd species and unravel a mystery that threatens his family. Box's first novel. Excellent. Continuing character - Joe Pickett.
6 - 1984 - George Orwell - We are there ladies and gentlemen. Big Brother is here, Doublespeak is alive and well. Anyone who thinks not should read this prophetic story and compare it to modern day America - and the rest of the world for that matter. (reread) Also consider reading an obscure novel by Ira Levin, author of Rosemary's Baby and Boys From Brazil, titled This Perfect Day (1970).
7 - Fatherland - Robert Harris - It's 1964, twenty years after Nazi Germany's victory in WWII. A Berlin detective and an American journalist uncover a conspiracy of such terror it is certain to spell the end of the Third Reich - if they can live long enough to tell the world about it. From the author of Enigma. Good read.
8 - The Pillars of the Earth - Ken Follett - Set in twelfth century England around the building of a mighty cathedral that takes decades to complete. Follett doesn't just tell a story he transports you into a past filled with characters that come to life and touch on the full spectrum of human emotions, love, hate, loyality, treachery. Awesome, an extraordinarily brilliant novel!! There's a sequel - World Without End.
9 - Night Passage - Robert B. Parker - A disgraced LAPD detective is the new chief of police in Paradise, Mass., a town a lot less idyllic than it sounds. The first of Parker's Jesse Stone novels, several of which have been made for TV movies starring Tom Selleck in the lead role. Okay read but I'm still not a Parker fan.
10 - A Gathering Of Spies - John Altman - Katarina Heinrich, a cunning and deadly German spy is rushing home with stolen plans for an atomic bomb. And a British double agent with a secret agenda of his own that could cost the Allies the war may be the only chance to stop her. A well plotted first novel by Altman. Good read.
11 - The Marketing of Evil - David Kupulein - a cultural history of America since 1948 wherein the author blames the womens liberation movement, the gay community and the radicals of the 60's counterculture for most of the woes of the country today. NOT RECOMMENDED!
12 - A Game of Thrones - George R. R. Martin - the first of his four book epic A Song of Ice and Fire. in a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. a fantasy tale of lords and ladies, soldiers ansd sorcerers, assassins and bastards, plots and counterplots, tragedy and betrayal. Excellent.

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Post by anoldfashiongirl » January 9th, 2009, 6:55 pm

Im almost half way through DitWC. So far its really great!
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Post by libraryanne » January 11th, 2009, 1:07 pm

Completed reading (or just listening) in 2009 so far...

The Last Plainsman by Zane Grey
The Proposal by Chekhov
The Grey Woman by Elizabeth Gaskell
The Sign of the Four by Arthur Conan Doyle

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