Sunday, March 7, 2010

Cast Your Vote Please!

I just had a fun idea! I think that since my brother and I are both doing the 451 Challenge, and we are going to the beach at the same time in May, that it would be fun to read the same book and discuss it! Like a "beach reading challenge." ha ha. My husband and my brother's girlfriend also enjoy reading....

So..I am taking a vote/suggestions. Then I will create a poll for the suggestions...

Click on the 451 Challenge box at the top left, and read over the list (in the right column of that blog). Leave a comment listing the one you think would be the best read for a group consisting of a 21 yr old girl (girlfriend), 27 yr old guy (brother), 28 year old girl (sister), and TURNING 30 while we are there guy (my husband).

I will post my own choices soon...


heathcliff said...

Great post.

My vote would go to Tender Is The Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald, mostly because I've listed it among the seven I plan to read for the challenge.

The others on my list: Catch-22 would interest Corey probably. I'm not sure about you or Hannah. The New York Trilogy, same. Rabbit Is Rich is the third in a series so it isn't feasible for a group read unless everyone has read the first two.

I wouldn't mind reading any of the others on the 451 list, except perhaps those I have read before.

Andy's Bethy said...

I tried to think of books that might interest all of you. You are pretty picky about vampires, werewolves and murder mysteries, and the boys tend to not like romance, so between the three of you, that cuts a lot of what I read off the list! A few I came up with are The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak, The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver, Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis and Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. The Count of Monte Cristo is another great one, but it is long, and might not be feasible to read before the trip...
I think my favorite idea is The Book Thief. I want to hear what ya'll think about it.
Can't wait to hear what you decide.

kimberly said...

Beach reading for both men and women... hmmmmm.
I initially was excited about the Ayn Rand choices, but that isn't exactly a beach read. Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead are must reads if you haven't, but require focus not usually associated with sand.
Interview With the Vampire was also wonderful and kind of kicks the whole Twilight thing to the curb (and I happened to enjoy the Twilight series). It is a much darker book, but generally a good beach read.
I'm also on a Fitzgerald kick now, so Tender Is the Night also stood out.
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance is also a great read. It crosses gender and your age ranges well; it's a classic without being too heavy or dark, so it might be an appropriate beach book as well... maybe that'll be the next one I pick up.
Have fun picking!

Hannah (the girlfriend) said...

So I vote for Dr. Seuss's ABCs...haha, but only because there is no Nicholas Sparks on the list (my usual beach read). Just kidding! I will read whatever you guys pick. I know Chris has read a bunch of those so I guess we need to see which ones he has read before we pick one.

Hannah (the girlfriend) said...

ok just kidding...i didn't know that heathcliff was chris. haha...i really keep up with him, don't I?

Carrie said...

I am voting for:

Tender is the Night, F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Giver, Lois Lowry

I love F. Scott Fitzgerald stories because of the time period they are set. I also enjoy young adult fiction, and The Giver seems like it would be an interesting story, and less than 200 pages.

Carrie said...

Also along the lines of young adult fiction: The Phantom Tollbooth sounds very interesting!

kimberly said...

The Giver is on my list of reads for this year, but I've not read it yet. It's supposed to be really good.

Corey said...

I vote for:

The Devil in the White City
The Book Thief
The Giver
The Grapes of Wrath
The Harry Potter Series (You knew this was coming)
The Lord of the Rings
The Phantom Tollbooth
To Kill a Mockingbird

heathcliff said...

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance has been on my to read list for a while.

I'll read any of the HP books again.

No Grapes of Wrath for me, please.

I love The Devil in the White City but Carrie will not like it b/c it features a creepy serial killer.

Andy's Bethy said...

I haven't read The Giver yet, but I loved Number the Stars, and I am starting Messenger tonight. (also by Lois Lowry) It doesn't happen to be on the list, does it? Then I could tell you if it is any good...
Mary C still insists that Lord of the Rings is the best trilogy ever written. Might be fun to do together.
I don't know Chris well enough to vote for him, but I am pretty sure the rest of you would like The Book Thief. It still gets my top vote. I might need to read it again.

Carrie said...

Is The Book Thief really disturbing?