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Posted 12 February 2017 - 04:19 PM

I'll pitch my vote at the Divine comedy then
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Posted 12 February 2017 - 04:30 PM

I've read most of these, so I'd have to join in at random times. Ulysses and The Sound and Fury excite me the most.

FYI: War and Peace is awesome. Rambling, but awesome. Then again I read it at 18 for a book report; might be biased.
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Posted 12 February 2017 - 04:40 PM

The Divine Comedy and Don Quixote would be the top two picks for me.
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Posted 12 February 2017 - 05:07 PM

I remember reading The Divine Comedy when I was a teenager, a lot of it probably went over my head but I remember the various hells being metal as fuck. It's also sort of a celebrity who's who of famous historical and mythological characters.

Personally my two pick for first book would be Don Quixote or the Count of Monte Cristo.

Maybe we should do an actual poll. Then maybe more members would also notice and join in.

This post has been edited by Apt: 12 February 2017 - 05:33 PM

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Posted 12 February 2017 - 06:10 PM

View PostApt, on 12 February 2017 - 05:07 PM, said:

I remember reading The Divine Comedy when I was a teenager, a lot of it probably went over my head but I remember the various hells being metal as fuck. It's also sort of a celebrity who's who of famous historical and mythological characters.

Personally my two pick for first book would be Don Quixote or the Count of Monte Cristo.

Maybe we should do an actual poll. Then maybe more members would also notice and join in.


Yeah, my current plan is to allow the free form nominations to continue through the end of tomorrow and then open a poll with the books that have been nominated. It will be a bit more chaotic at first, but will be less work than trying to open a poll based off of the large list. I'm also going to go back and update the original post with a more readable version of the list that isn't an outside link and a list of books that have been nominated so far.
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Posted 12 February 2017 - 06:33 PM

View PostAndorion, on 12 February 2017 - 03:34 PM, said:

Ulysses scares me. War and Peace is an eccentric rant. I am reading Emma by Austen and so far its basically gossip.

Count of Monte Cristo and Musketeers are both awesome.

Divine Comedy is something I want to try.


I love James Joyce. I even spent a year reading his stuff for uni because I could. But Ulysses is a beast that needs to be read with annotations, making it less than fun for most people. My annotated edition of Ulysses has ~500 pages of text and ~300 additional pages of annotations. Thus, no thanks.

Count of Monte Cristo or the Divine Comedy are both books I've been meaning to read for a while.
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Posted 13 May 2017 - 09:07 PM

Alright guys, it's been a few weeks since we wrapped on The Count of Monte Cristo. I'm opening up nominations for the second pick now.

Anyone have any suggestions for other changes to keep engagement?

Oh, and I'll throw in a nomination for a classic that I don't think was actually on the list: Of Mice and Men by Steinbeck. I'm very curious how I'd take that book now that I'm 30 since the last time I read it I was still in high school.
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Posted 14 May 2017 - 06:31 PM

I've been meaning to do a re-read of "master and Margarita". So I"ll nominate that, because it's a great, often under-appreciated classic.
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Posted 14 May 2017 - 06:40 PM

Don Quixote
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Posted 15 May 2017 - 03:21 AM

I would love Don Quixote, but I admit to being very intrigued by Master and Margarita
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Posted 15 May 2017 - 02:58 PM

I've been really interested in Don Quixote for a long time too. I'm going to leave nominations open for a few more days (friday close, likely) and then open up a poll to pick the book again. This time, I plan on allowing multiple choices for the poll instead of forcing a vote on a single book.
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Posted 31 May 2017 - 11:38 AM

View PostJPK, on 15 May 2017 - 02:58 PM, said:

I've been really interested in Don Quixote for a long time too. I'm going to leave nominations open for a few more days (friday close, likely) and then open up a poll to pick the book again. This time, I plan on allowing multiple choices for the poll instead of forcing a vote on a single book.


Has this started yet? I'm just about to start Master and Margarita so will hold off if that's the book that's chosen.
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Posted 31 May 2017 - 03:40 PM

It hasn't yet. There was only four of us express interest previously. With you as a fifth I'll open a poll. I suspect Master had a real chance of being the selection.
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Posted 09 July 2019 - 06:05 PM

Been 2 years. Y’all need to get back on with it.
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Posted 15 July 2019 - 03:48 PM

Is this something people would be interested in again? I've been thinking it'd be nice to crack into a classic lit piece again lately.
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Posted 15 July 2019 - 05:04 PM

I could, but it would depend on the book.
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Posted 15 July 2019 - 07:00 PM

At the time we started the last one I wasn't in a reading mood. Right now I'm rearing to go, so just name a book.

Maybe we could pick a short book as a warm up?

For example I have Slaughter house five on hold at the library, it's 225 pages.
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Posted 16 July 2019 - 12:19 AM

Oh, Vonnegut is a good choice for a book club.
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Posted 16 July 2019 - 02:38 AM

It's been a few years sinceb I've Slaughterhouse Five. I'd definitely be down for that.
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Posted 16 July 2019 - 02:53 AM

Apologies for butting in, but wouldn't it be off-putting to start with the fifth book?
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