Friday, December 28, 2012

The #spbkchat best books of the year list

I hope everyone had a great Christmas, and is looking forward to the New Year.

This past Thursday we talked about our best books of the year, and looking forward to this Thursday, we'll be talking about our most anticpated reads of 2013.

On to the last list for 2012!






Titles:
Who We Are
Shattered Glass
Taliban Cricket Club
The Prague Cemetery
Wingmen
Captain Vorpatril's Alliance
Every Day
Paper Towns
Kate Daniells (series)
The Fault in Our Stars
My Sister Lives on the Mantlepiece
October Daye (series)
House of Leaves
IQ84
Gotz and Meyer
Tender Morsels
Sea Hearts
Dublinesque
The Brothers Karamazov
Dream of Ding Village
The Emperor of Lies
1984
We
Crime and Punishment
The Marriage Plot
Swimming Home
Into the Darkest Corner
Delirium
Pandemonium
Talulla Rising
Angelmaker
Dare Me
Billy Lynn
Life of Pi

Authors:
T J Klune
Dani Alexander
Timeri Murari
Ensan Case
Lois McMaster Bujold
David Levithan
Patricia Briggs
Carrie Vaughn
John Green
Annabel Pitcher
Seanan Mcguire
Margo Lanagan
George Orwell
Dostoyevsky
Lauren Oliver
Glen Duncan
Nick Harkaway
Megan E Abbott
Ben Fountain
Janet Evanovich

Links:
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2662169-tender-morsels

Friday, December 21, 2012

The #spbkchat Christmas list

Merry Christmas! The festive season and its reads were the theme of this week's chat.

Next week, we'll be talking about our best books of the year.

On to the list!

Titles:
Moloka'i
The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding
Twas the Night Before Christmas
Harry Potter (series)
Wolfbane & Mistletoe
Great Expectations
Bleak House
The Old Curiosity Shop
A Christmas Carol
The Grinch Who Stole Christmas
Scrooged
The Casual Vacancy
Holly & Ivy
Hogfather

Authors:
Alan Brennert
Agatha Christie
Charlaine Harris
Toni Kehlner
Charles Dickens
Godden & Cooney
Terry Pratchett



Friday, December 14, 2012

The #spbkchat Russia list

This week the chat was all about Russia and its rich literature tradition.

Next week, with the festive season (and the Mayan apocalypse) closing in on us, we're talking all about Christmas.

Anyway, on to the list for Russia week!



Titles:
A Mirrored World
Madonnas of Leningrad
The Countess Under the Stairs
Imperial Highness
Russian Winter
Kirov saga (series)
The Bronze Horseman (series)
Gorky Park
Polar Star
Red Square
Sketches
Fathers and Sons
The Kitchen Boy
Middlemarch
Howl's Moving Castle
Dead Souls
Night Watch
Anna Karenina
The Secret History of Moscow
The Master and Margarita
Dr Zhivago
We
The Idiot
One Day in the Life of Alexis Denisof
Crime and Punishment
War and Peace
A Hero of Our Time
Shadow Prowler

Authors:
Debra Dean
Eva Ibboston
Evelyn Anthony
Daphne Kalotay
Debra Dean
Helen Dunmore
Cynthia Harrold-Eagles
Paullina Simons
Martin Cruz Smith
Maria Rasputin
Felix Yusopov
Robert Alexander

Gogol
Ivan Turgenev
Akhmatova
Boris Pasternak
Mandelstam
Esenin
Sergei Lukyanenko
Victor Pelevin
Tatiana Tolstaya
Ludmilla Petrushevskaya
Ilona Andrews
Bukagov
Zamyatin
Dostoyevsky
Solzhenitsyn
Lermontov
Tolstoy
Alexey Polov
Peter Ustinov


Links:
http://www.theintrepidreader.com/2007/11/last-couple-of-days.html
http://www.goodreads.com/list/show/113.Best_Russian_Literature
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russian_Booker_Prize
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russian_literature
http://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Short_Stories_%28Bookshelf%29#Russia_.26_Scandinavia



Saturday, December 8, 2012

The #spbkchat cricket post

There was no list last week because the chat fizzled out pretty early, which does happen some time.

This coming Thursday we're talking about Russia, and this past Thursday, cricket provided a lively discussion.

On to the list!


Titles:
Notorious Nineteen
Life, the Universe and Everything
Glenroy Trilogy (series)
Lord Peter Whimsey
All Creatures Great and Small (series)
To Let
The Pickwick Papers
The Cricket Term
The Gift of Speed
Glory Gardens (series)
Bodyline Autopsy
How to Catch a Cricket Match
Perfect Strangers
Jasper Jones
Downton Abbey
Chinaman: The Legend of Pradeep Matthew
Netherland
Phryne Fisher (series)
The Cricket in Times Square
Pinocchio
The Taliban Cricket Club
Diary of a Cricket God

Authors:
Robert Heinlen
Janet Evanovich
Douglas Adams
Steven Carroll
Dorothy L Sayers
John Galsworthy
Antonia Forest
Charles Dickens
Robyn Sisman
Craig Silvey
Harry Ricketts
Shehan Karunatilaka
Joseph O'Neill
Max Walker
Kerry Greenwood
George Selden
Carlo Collodi
Bob Catell
Timeri Murari

Links:
http://tinglingcatch.blogspot.co.nz/2010/10/tim-jones-blog-post-on-tingling-catch.html
http://www.maltacricket.biz/
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/18/books/review/Garner-t.html?pagewanted=all&_r=1&
http://www.mysteryfile.com/Cricket/Lachman.html



Saturday, November 24, 2012

The #spbkchat epic fantasy list

The discussion last Thursday was all about epic fantasy. I had to bail early because of strained eyes, but it was an excellent chat.

This coming Thursday we're talking about books that have influenced us.

On to the list!

Titles:
The Lord of the Rings
Magician (Riftwar Saga)
The Belgariad (series)
The Mallorean (series)
Obernetwyn
Witches of Eileanan
The Earthsea Chronicles (series)
The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, Unbeliever (series)
Watergivers (series)
The Dragonbone Chair (series)
Archangel
The Black Jewels Trilogy
The Silmarillion
The Adventures of Tom Bombadil
Twelve Houses (series)
Ysabel
Lions of Al-rassan
The Changeling Sea
Harry Potter (series)
Daughter of the Empire (series)
Tairen Soul
Kushiel's Dart
Shannara (series)
Shogun
Dragonriders of Pern (series)
Mists of Avalon (series)
Game of Thrones (series)
Clan of the Cave Bear (series)

Authors:
J R R Tolkien
Raymond E Feist
Brent Weeks
David Eddings
Ursula le Guin
Glenda Larke
Robert Jordan
Terry Goodkind
Tad Williams
J V Jones
Anne Bishop
Sharon Shinn
Stephen Donaldson
Guy Gavriel Kay
Jacqueline Carey
Janny Wurts
C L Wilson
Sara Douglass
Juliet Marillier
Marion Zimmer Bradley
Robin Hobb
Chris Riddell
Paul Stewart
Melina Marchetta

Links:
http://www.stewartandriddell.co.uk/farflung/index.htm

Friday, November 16, 2012

The #spbkchat general chat list

The general chats are always fun and wide-ranging.

Next week - epic fantasy.

On to the list!

Titles: 
The Empty City
Daughter of Smoke and Bone
Days of Blood and Starlight
Stormdancer
Seraphina
The Fault in Our Stars
Chains of Revenge
Morganville Vampires
Dreamhunter
Dreamquake
How Music Works
When She Woke
Unnatural Habits
The Belgariad (series)
The Handmaid's Tale
Mudbound
Miss Pettigrew's Home for Peculiar Children
Empty City
Dean of Daft
Twilight (series)
The Beet Queen
Tracks
Love Medicine
Back to Blood
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Authors:
Berit Ellingsen
Tara Moss
Keziah Hill
Melina Marchetta
Rachel Caine
Elizabeth Knox
David Byrne
Kerry Greenwood
David Eddings
Hillary Jordan
Tyson Bley
Katherine Mansfield
Rhian Cahill
Tom Wolfe
Paullina Simons

Links:
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/15/us/louise-erdrichs-novel-the-round-house-wins-national-book-award.html?_r=1&

Saturday, November 3, 2012

The #spbkchat personal reading history list

Next week - e-readers.

On to the list for this week.

Titles:
Wuthering Heights
Narnia (series)
Asterix (series)
Nancy Drew (series)
Sherlock Holmes (series)
The Hobbit
The Lord of the Rings
Tintin
Superman
Archie
Magician
These Old Shades
Anne of Green Gables
The Scarlet Pimpernel
Berger & Mitry (series)
Twilight (series)
Fifty Shades of Grey
Forbidden
Les Miserables
The Age of Innocence
The House of Mirth
Are You There God? It's Me Margaret
India Black (series)
Ethan Frome
Goosebumps (series)
Wait till Helen Comes
The Witch Herself
Jane Eyre
Forever
Trixie Belden
Endless Love
The Big Smoke
Daisy Dalrymple (series)
Oliver Twist
Wind in the Willows
The Never Ending Story
Devil's Cub
Venetia
Looking for Alibrandi
Babysitter's Club (series)
Animalia

Authors:
Dick Francis
J R R Tolkien
Raymond E Feist
Georgette Heyer
Charlotte Lamb
Alan E Nourse
Isaac Asimov
Robert Heinlen
Klegaard
Ronald Weich
Jane Austen
Baroness Orczy
L M Montgomery
David Handler
Tabitha Suzuma
V C Andrews
Judy Blume
Carol K Carr
Christopher Pike
R L Stine
Enid Blyton
Elizabeth Gaskell
Charlotte Bronte
Emily Bronte
Anne Bronte
Anthony Trollope
Charles Dickens
Eliot
Thomas Hardy
Fontane
Mann
Storm
Balzac
Melina Marchetta
John Marsden
Paul Jennings
Graeme Base


Links:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abbey_Series

Friday, October 26, 2012

The #spbkchat Turkey literature list

First, thank you Marg for taking over the list last week.

We talked Turkey (the country) for this week's #spbkchat.

Next Thursday we're talking about our personal reading histories.


On to the list:


Titles:
Ilario
Murder on the Orient Express
HR Indiscreet
The Lions of Al-Rassan
Sir Gawaine and the Green Knight
The Iliad
The Song of Achilles
The Big Smoke
Daughter of Mars
Barbed Wire and Roses
Simpson's Donkey

Authors:
Barbara Hamblyn
Donna Andrews
Mary Gentle
Agatha Christie
Guy Gavriel Kay
Carolyn Jewel
Melina Marchetta
Orhan Pamuk
Tom Keneally
Peter Yelg
Tasha Alexander

Links:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dsRuurcTTSk&feature=youtu.be
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ECrwvbg9vtAnMs_KPMQnHJ3hTeB9rUHelmlWYNAX1lw/edit


Sunday, October 21, 2012

The #spbkchat Best Characters list

I have taken over the list making duties this week so apologies in advance for missing anything.

On with the list:

Characters

Eric from the Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris
Death from The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Miles Vorkisagan from the Vorkisagan Saga by Lois McMaster Bujold
 Elspeth & Rushton from Isobelle Carmody's Obernewtyn Chronicles
Marchetta's. Josie Alibrandi, Frankie, Tom, and of course Taylor Markham and Jonah Griggs 
the mayor in Chaos Walking by Patrick Ness
Atticus Finch
Claudia from Interview with a Vampire
Holden Caulfield from Catcher in the Rye by J D Salinger
Travis from Almost Like Being in Love by Steve Kluger
Jack from Room by Emma Donohue
Jeffrey Wu from Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey

Other books mentioned

The Casual Vacancy by J K Rowling
Arthur Conan Doyle's book (Sherlock Holmes)
Laurie King's books
Someone Like Me
Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich


I know there was some discussion about Austen characters as well but I haven't been able to get that back far through the thread, so feel free to add anything I have missed in the comments.

Friday, October 12, 2012

The #spbkchat general chat list

This past Thursday we had a general chat with a wide range of topics.

Next Thursday we're talking about best characters. :-)


On to the list!





Titles:
Liveship Traders (series)
The Crystal Cave (series)
Deverry (series)
Camelot (TV series)
Merlin (TV series)
Conspiracy Theory
Temeraire (series)
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Psy-changeling (series)
We Need to Talk About Kevin
Beautiful Music for Ugly Children
Saving June

Authors:
Robin Hobb
Mo Yan (winner of Nobel Prize for Literature)
Harukai Murakami
Bob Dylan
Mary Stewart
Anne McCaffrey
Katherine Kerr
Jane Haddam
Naomi Novik
Stephen Chbosky
Nalini Singh
Kirstin Conn-Mills
Hannah Harrington

Links:
http://www.granta.com/New-Writing/Granta-Audio-Mo-Yan
http://www.nobelprize.org/


Friday, October 5, 2012

The #spbkchat fantasy sword & sorcery list

Next week the chat floor is open for a general chat.

This past week, we talked about fantasy, the sword and sorcery division.

On to the list!






Titles:
Kingmaker, Kingbreaker (series)
Valdemaar (series)
Lord of the Rings (series)
Night Angel (series)
Robin Hobb
David Eddings
Raymond E Feist
The Hobbit
Game of Thrones (series)
Shatter Me
Shiver (series)
Finnikin of the Rock
Froi of the Exiles
Quintana of Charyn
The Jelly Bean Crisis
Tairen Soul (series)
The Crystal Cave (series)
Guinevere (series)
Gorgon on the Gully
Lumiere Chronicles
The Princess Bride
The Once and Future King
The Sharing Knife (series)
Deltora  Quest (series)
Rangers Apprentice (series)
Charlie Bone (series)
The Belgariad (series)
The Mallorean (series)
Psy-changeling (series)

Authors:
Karen Miller
Mary Stewart
Mercedes Lackey
Maggie Steifvater
Jolene Stockman
Melina Marchetta
C L Wilson
Rosalind Miles
Lois McMaster Bujold
David Weber
Melina Marchetta
Tamora Pierce
Emily Rodda
Anne McCaffrey
Patrick Rothfuss
Marian Zimmer Bradley
Nalini Singh

Links:
http://auswomenwriters.wordpress.com/2012/10/05/1103/

Saturday, September 29, 2012

The #spbkchat banned books chat list

A small housekeeping note before we begin:

New Zealand sprang forward for daylight savings last night, and the chat follows New Zealand time. So 10pm NZ time like always, but it'll be an hour later.

Er, if that makes sense. -.-

Next week we're talking about fantasy: sword and sorcery division.

On to the banned books list!

Titles:
1984
Lolita
American Psycho
In the Night Kitchen
50 Shades of Grey
Green Eggs and Ham
Brideshead Revisited
Frankenstein
The Lord of the Rings
Nancy Drew (series)
Moll Flanders
Twin Peaks (TV series)
IT
Chucky (horror movie series)
Catcher in the Rye
Rock Star
Black Beauty
Forever
Lady Chatterley's Lover
Howl
Harriet the Spy
Flowers in the Attic
Harry Potter (series)
Brave New World
To Kill a Mockingbird
The Color Purple
Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey

Authors:
George Orwell
Vladimir Nabokov
Bret Easton Ellis
Maurice Sendak
Jackie Collins
Judy Blume
D H Lawrence
Allen Ginsberg
V C Andrews
Enid Blyton
Woodiwiss
James Joyce
Chris Crutcher

Links:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lolita
http://www.ala.org/advocacy/banned/frequentlychallenged/challengedbydecade/2000_2009
http://www.banned-books.org.uk/all
http://www.ala.org/advocacy/banned/frequentlychallenged/challengedclassics/reasonsbanned
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_books_banned_by_governments
http://www.chriscrutcher.com/censorship.html
http://www.ala.org/advocacy/banned/bannedbooksweek


Saturday, September 15, 2012

The #spbkchat general chat list

I completely missed the chat - again - because I had a friend come around on Thursday night.

General chats always range far and wide, and I"m sorry I missed it.

Next week: Keeping track of your reads.

On to the list!



Titles:
Les Miserables
The Woman in White
The Great Gatsby
Great Expectations
Legally Blonde (movie/musical)
Mary Barton
Miss Saigon (musical)
Wives and Daughters
North and South
Anna Karenina
Cranford
Madame Butterfly
Lord Carew
Promise of Spring
Notorious Rake
Simply Love
Beauty and the Beast
A Rose in Winter
The Angel
Heartless
Shanna
Ashes in the Wind
Wolf and the Dove
A Matter of Class
Looking for Alibrandi
Married by Morning
Devil in Winter
Suddenly You
What I Did For  A Duke
Finnikin on a Rock
Wuthering Heights
Quintana of Charyn
Maisie Dobbs (series)
Fat Girls Bike
Thyla and Vulpi
Jane Eyre
Gregor Demarkian (series)
The Dinner
The Boy Who Made it Rain

Authors:
Jane Austen
Elizabeth Gaskell
Melina Marchetta
Lisa Kleypas
Julia Quinn
Mary Balogh
Elizabeth Hoyt
Jacqueline Winspear
Sue Ann Jaffarian
Kate Gordon
Nalini Singh
Jane Haddam
Brian Conaghan

Links:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yEwogIdU4Pw&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=okha99tGvB4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S1or1tmaa84
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f1s9ubYbFvc
http://po.st/kGPJ4R
http://aut.researchgateway.ac.nz/bitstream/handle/10292/1488/AndersonD.pdf?sequence=3

Sunday, September 9, 2012

The #spbkchat books read in one sitting list

Next week, we're all gathering for a general chat.

This past week, books read in one sitting was the topic of conversation.

On to the list :-)




Titles:
Diamond Brothers (series)
Jellicoe Road
Night Huntress (series)
In Death (series)
The Time Traveller's Wife
All He Ever Needed


Authors:
Melina Marchetta
Anthony Horowitz
Libba Bray
Jeaniene Frost
JD Robb
Jaci Burton
Mitch Kowalski

Links:
http://www.thereadventurer.com/1/post/2012/09/wall-of-books-a-metric-ton-of-short-ya-books-220-pages-or-less.html

Sunday, September 2, 2012

The #spbkchat poetry list

This week we talked all about poetry.

Next week it's all about books we read in one sitting.

On to the list:




Titles:
Love's Philosophy
The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock
The Divine Comedy
Paradise Lost
Chasing Brooklyn
The Second Coming
Norton's Anthology of Poetry
The Piper's Son
Wynkyn Blynkyn and Nod
W H Auden

Authors:
Percy Bysse Shelley
William Shakespeare
T S Eliot
Hone Tuwhare
Dante
Milton
John Donne
Matthew Arnold
Les Murray
Keats
Byron
Wordsworth
Sam Hunt
Steven Herrick
Lisa Schroeder
Seamus Heaney
Rumi

Links:
http://www.wwnorton.com/college/english/nap/Poetry_Workshop.htm
http://www.stevenherrick.com.au/
http://honetuwhare.org.nz/more-poems/

Saturday, August 25, 2012

The #spbkchat must-read list

This week was a  busy chat about the books we consider to be must-reads.

Next week we're talking about  poetry. :-)

On to the list!

Titles:
Shirley
The Sparrow
Peter Pan
The Secret Garden
Jane Eyre
Wuthering Heights
Frankenstein
Crime and Punishment
A Christmas Carol
The Shadow of the Wind
The Book Thief
David Copperfield
Pride and Prejudice
Columbine
Lord Peter Whimsey (series)
Harriet Vane (series)
Gaudy Night
Busman's Honeymoon
Edward Carpenter
The Fountainhead
The Realm of Possibility
The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes
Hot Topic
Heat
Boiling Point
Dash & Lily's Book of Dares
The Realm of Possibility
Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist
Norwegian Wood
The Pillars of the Earth
The Tipping Point
Dance, Dance, Dance
The Adoration of Jenna Fox
Jasper Jones
Forest of Hands and Teeth
The Piper's Son
The Handmaid's Tale
Oryx & Crake
The Year of the Flood
Skinned
Saving Francesca
Pure
1984
Chaos Walking (series)
Unwind
Magician (series)
Wolf Hall
Anthem
A Place of Greater Safety
Bring Up the Bodies
Obernetwyn
On the Jellicoe Road
The Dark is Rising Sequence (series)
To Kill a Mockingbird
A Moveable Feast
The Book Thief
Silver Phoenix
The Bean Trees

Authors:
Anne Bronte
Charlotte Bronte
Emily Bronte
Charles Dickens
Mary Shelley
Dorothy L Sayers
Sheila Rowbotham
Ayn Rand
Mary Doria Russell
Renowden
Monbiot
Ross Gelbspan
David Levithan
Rachel Cohn
Harukai Murakami
Malcolm Gladwell
Craig Silvey
Margaret Atwood
Melina Marchetta
Juliann Baggott
George Orwell
Patrick Ness
Raymond E Feist
Hilary Mantel
Mark Zusak
Cindy Pon
Barbara Kingsolver

Links:
http://literary-exploration.com/2011/08/03/my-issues-with-the-book-thief/
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/4248401/100-novels-everyone-should-read.html

Sunday, August 19, 2012

The #spbkchat general chat list

Last week's was a lively general chat.

This Thursday we're going to be talking about must-reads: books you should have read.

For now, on to the list!


Title:
Finnikin of the Rock

Authors:
John Boyne
Gillian Mears
Stephanie Laurens
Joanne Harris
Susan Johnson


Saturday, August 4, 2012

The #spbkchat historical fantasy list

How about those Olympics? I got distracted on Thursday night during the chat by the rowing. :-)

Anyway.

Next week, we're talking all about conventions.


For now, on to the list:


Titles:
Bitter Greens
Book of Kells
Gray Horse
Half Magic
Time Garden
The Vintner's Luck
The Angel's Cut
Temeraire (series)
Troy Game (series)
The Crucible (series)
The Riddle of the Trumpalar
The Laws of Magic (series)
Playing Beattie Bow
Ranger's Apprentice
The Ivory Rose
Elemental Masters (series)
Wizard of London
Thyla
The Nargun and the Stars
Drakon (series)
Diana by the Moon
The Fionavar Tapestry (series)
Last Light of the Sun
The Crystal Cave (series)
The Neverending Story
The Mists of Avalon
The Onyx Court (series)
The Lord of the Rings
Across the Nightingale Floor
Narnia (series)
Angel's Game
Deverry (series)
The Hobbit
Sea of Trolls
Land of Silver Apples
Islands of Blessed
Wolfskin
The Night Circus
Jonathon Strange & Mr Norrell
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
The Parasol Protectorate
The Year of Rice & Salt
Fire
Graceling
Shades of Milk and Honey
Daughter of the Forest
Bewitching/Betraying Season
The Book Thief
The Seventh Swan


Authors:
Kate Forsythe
Sandra Hill
R A MacAoy
Edward Eager
Elizabeth Knox
Sara Douglass
Judy Bernard-Waite
Tracy Cooper Posie
Michael Pryor
John Flanagan
Susanna Kearsley
Belinda Murrell
Mercedes Lackey
Kate Gordon
Guy Gavriel Kay
Naomi Novik
Lynn Kurland
Shana Abe
Mary Stuart
Katherine Kerr
Nancy Farmer
Juliet Marillier
Kim Stanley Robinson
Kristan Cashore
Shana Abe
Diana Gabaldon
Nicholas Stuart Gray

Links:
http://www.aucklandlibraries.govt.nz/EN/About/Highlights/Pages/MargaretMahy.aspx
http://www.storylines.org.nz/Events/Margaret+Mahy+Memorial.html
http://www.storylines.org.nz/Events/Margaret+Mahy+Memorial.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fantasy_subgenres#Genres_.26_subgenres
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Historical_fantasy

Sunday, July 29, 2012

The #spbkchat literary pet peeves list

Talking about our literary pet peeves was enlightening and fun. :-)

Next week: Historical fantasy.

On to the list:




Titles:
Twilight
50 Shades of Grey
Jane Eyre
Dawson's Creek (TV series)
Chaos Walking (series)
Crime and Punishment
To Kill a Mockingbird
Jellicoe
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
She's All That (movie)
Untie My Heart
Immortals (series)
For My Lady's Heart
Sookie Stackhouse (series)
My Sister's Keeper
Handle With Care

Authors:
Patrick Ness
Judith Ivory
Kresley Cole
Jodi Picoult
Melina Marchetta

Links:
http://momentumbooks.com.au/blog/books-for-boys-would-your-protagonist-kill-a-dog/

Saturday, July 21, 2012

The #spbkchat general chat list

Last week, we enjoyed a lively general chat.

Next week, we're chatting about our literary pet peeves.


On to the list:





Titles:
To Say Nothing of the Dog
Easy
A Discovery of Witches
Shadow of Night
Angel's Game
Shadow of the Wind
Creepy Hollow (series)
Overseas
Outlander (series)
Mariana
Shadowy Horses
The Rose Garden
The Count of Monte Cristo
The Winter Sea
Revenge (TV series)
Frankenstein
All That I Am
Offspring (TV series)
Puberty Blues
Tully
The Girl in Times Square
Red Leaves
The Bronze Horseman
War for the Oaks
Freedom and Necessity
Once Upon a Time (TV series)
The Gone-Away World
The Avengers (movie)
Stuart: A Life Backwards
Carrie
Ruby Blues
The Queen's Fool
The Blue Door
Unbroken
The No 1 Ladies' Detective Agency
The Red Necklace
Dead Is (series)

Authors:
Connie Willis
Tamara Webber
Barbara Erskine
Rachel Morgan
Kim Harrison
Beatriz Williams
Susanna Kearsley
Maria Semple
Paullina Simons
Emma Bull
Nick Harkaway
Stephen King
Philippa Gregory
Jessica Rudd
Alexander Masters
Lise Kristensen
Laura Hillenbrand
Sally Gardner
Marlene Perez

Links:
http://catherine-haines.com/so-this-is-a-thing/

Saturday, July 14, 2012

The #spbkchat France chat list

Vive la France, and all related literary subjects :-)

Next week, it's a general chat.

On to the list:

Titles:
Josephine B (series)
A Very Long Engagement
Suite Francaise
Charlotte Grey
Revolution
Birdsong
Pure
French Lessons
Holy Fools
Midnight in Paris (movie)
Ramses
Sarah's Key
Asterix (series)
Babar (series)
Lucky Luke (series)
The Vampire Diaries (TV series)
The Little Prince
The King of Cats
Les Miserables
Antigone
French Children Don't Throw Food
A Moveable Feast
Checkmate
Queen's Play
Pawn in Frankincense
The Spymaster's Lady
French Women Don't Get Fat
Game of Kings
Dangerous Liaisons
These Old Shades
Phryne Fisher (series)
Immovable Feast
Anna and the French Kiss
Lunch in Paris
Jane Eyre
Angelique
Papillon
L'Etranger
La Peste
Paris in Love
Fire in the Blood
Perfume
Madeline (series)
The Map and the Territory
My Life in France

Authors:
Sandra Gulland
Irene Nemirovsky
Sebastien Japrisot
Brian Moore
William Boyd
Andrew Miller
Jennifer Donnelly
Ellen Sussman
Christian de Jacq
Catherine Delors
Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Rene Guillot
Jean de Brunoff
Victor Hugo
Dorothy Dunnett
Jean Anouilh
Ernest Hemingway
Lauren Willig
Jo Bourne
Martin du Gard
Choderlos De Laclos
Georgette Heyer
Kerry Greenwood
John Baxter
Elizabeth Bard
Jean Rhys
Sergeanne Gordon
Alexander Dumas
Camus
Eloisa James
Patrick Suskind
Flaubert
Zola
Collette
Julia Child

Links:
http://bookbath.blogspot.com.au/search/label/Paris%20in%20July%202012

Friday, July 6, 2012

The #spbkchat best books of the year so far list

This week the chat was all about our best reads of the year, so far, now that we're about halfway through.


Semaine prochaine, nous allons en France, le 14 juillet est jour de la Bastille (Next week, we're going to France, July 14 is Bastille Day). 


On to the list!






Titles:
Geist 
Spectre
Fifty Shades of Gray
Bring Up the Bodies
Moloka'i
 Mathew Swift (series)
Phoenix Rising
Soup for One
Monsters
The Aunties Three
True Blood (TV Series)
King Jack and the Dragon
A Bear and a Tree
My Name is Elizabeth
Your Skirt's too Short: Sex, Power, Choice
Whipping Girl
The Almighty Johnson (TV series)
Ragnarok
Runemark
Runelight
The Arrival
Dead Reckoning
Lilli-Pilli the Frog Princess
The Fierce Little Woman and the Wicked Pirate
All They Need
About That Night
Real Men Will
The City & The City
Embassytown
Kraken
Railsea
Un Lun Dun
Quintana
Froi
A Lady Awakened
Innocent till Proven Otherwise
The Weight of Water
Finnikin
To Kill a Mockingbird
Jack Holmes and his Friend
Yellowcake
Hot Island Nights
The Night Circus
Her Best Worst Mistake
Shards of Honour (series)
Scottish Prisoner
A Good American
Liesl and Po
84 Charing Cross Road
Olivia and Jai
Shalimar
Lords of the White Castle
Jasper Jones
Lord John and the Private Matter
Burning Lies
Attatchments
Outlander (series)
Locke & Key
Sandman (series)
Batwoman: Hydrology
Sea Hearts
Ready Player One
The Wind-up Bird Chronicle
Cinder
The Folk Keeper
Rebecca
Frenchman's Creek
The Girl with the Steel-capped Boots
Thief of Shadows
Me Before You
The Legacy
Untie My Heart
Maiden Lane (series)
The Winter Sea
A Week to be Wicked
Legacy
Grave Mercy
The Prague Cemetery
Touch of Power
Pushing the Limits
Something Like Normal
The First Rule of Ten
Easy
Pure
Something Like Normal
The Age of Miracles
Winter be my Shield
Seraphina
Bitter Greens

Authors:
Phillipa Jane Ballantine
Hilary Mantel
Alan Brennert
Kate Griffin
Tee Morris
Ethan Long
Andrew Daddo
Nick Bland
Peter Bentley
Stephen Michael King
Annika Dunklee
Emily Maguire
Julie Serrano
J Harris
A S Byatt
Joanne Harris
Charlaine Harris
Vashti Farrer
Joy Cowley
Sarah Mayberry
Julie James
Victoria Dahl
China Mieville
Cecilia Grant
Sarah Crossan
Margot Lanagan
Edmund White
Melina Marchetta
Ruthie Knox
Erin Morgenstern
Lois McMaster Bujold
Alex George
Lauren Oliver
Helen Hanff
Rebecca Ryman
Elizabeth Chadwick
Craig Silvey
Helene Young
Marissa Meyer
Franny Billingsley
Daphne du Maurier
Rainbow Rowell
Loretta Hill
Elizabeth Hoyt
Katherine Webb
Judith Ivory
Jojo Moyes
Susan Kay
R L Lafevers
Maria V Snyder
Gay Hendricks & Tinker Lindsay
Katie McGarry
Tammarra Webber
Julianna Baggott
Trish Doller
Karen Thompson Walker
Kate Forsyth

Links:
http://www.sirenpublishing.com/


Friday, June 29, 2012

The #spbkchat foodie books list

Food is always a popular topic of conversation :D

Next week we're talking about the best books of the year so far, and the topics list has been updated here: http://spbkchat.blogspot.co.nz/p/topics.html


On to the list!




Titles:
Star Trek (TV/movie series)
Star Wars (Movie series)
Cooking with Miss Piggy
Shrek (Movie series)
Friends (TV series)
Gilligan's Island (TV series)
The Sopranos (TV series)
Eat, Pray, Love
My Life in France
Saved by Cake
Brady Bunch (TV series)
Days of Our Lives (TV series)
Bewitched (TV series)
The Muppets (TV series)
Coffehouse (cozy mystery series)
Food Landscapes
Edible Histories (series)
Cake
Darling Buds of May
Lunch in Paris
Paris, My Sweet
Bronze Horseman (series)
Corinna Champion (series)
State of the Onion
Penguin Great Food
Bet Me
School of Ingredients
Coffee 1
The Wedding Officer
The Ice Cream Express
Chocolat
Pat (series)
Julie & Julia
Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Larousse Gastronomique
Love & Hunger: Thoughts on the Gift of Food

The Common Sense Guide to Cooking
Salt and Saffron


Authors:
Julia Childs
Marian Keyes
Cleo Coyle
Paullina Simons
Kerry Greenwood
MFK Fisher
Elizabeth David
Laurie Colwin
Ruth Reichl
Jennifer Crusie
Louisa Edwards
Erica Bauermeister
Anthony Capella
Joanne Fluke
Janet Evanovich
L M Montgomery
Nora Ephron
Charlotte Shucks
Kamila Shamsie


Links
http://bellesbookshelf.blogspot.com.au/2012/06/bookish-fun-fictitious-dishes-by-dinah.html

Friday, June 22, 2012

The #spbkchat reading slump list

This week we talked about reading slumps - what we do when they happen, how long they last, how to get out of them ....

Next week, we're talking about foodie books :-)

The list:



Titles:
50 Shades of Gray
Into the Darkest Corner
The Night Circus
The Great Gatsby
Anna Karenina

Authors:
Glen Duncan
Sarah Mayberry
Shelley Laurenston

Saturday, June 16, 2012

The #spbkchat general chat list

Next week we're talking about reading slumps.

Remember, if you have any chat topic ideas, you can drop them here or ping them at us on twitter; just use the #spbkchat hashtag and we'll see it. :-)

On to this week's general chat list:


Titles:
Mars trilogy (series)
A Fine Balance
Switched
Rhubarb
Jasper Jones
Game of Thrones (series)
Antarctica
Millennium trilogy (series)
40 Signs of Rain
The Wolf Gift
Wolfskin
How to Flirt With a Naked Werewolf
Canada
Bitter Greens
Twilight (series)
Fifty Shades (series)
Temerarire (series)

Authors:
P G Wodehouse
Amanda Hocking
Craig Silvey
Kim Stanley Robinson
Anne Rice
Juliet Marrillier
Molly Harper
Courtney Milan
Tessa Dare
Richard Ford
Naomi Novik
Kate Forsyth

Links:
http://literary-exploration.com/2012/03/16/cybersex-with-george-rr-martin/
http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m21m8gn6eo1rtnbq0o1_500.gif
http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m5kfep7nJE1qf4jdlo1_400.gif

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

The #spbkchat overhyped books list

First, let me apologise for the extreme lateness of the list. I completely forgot about it until today.

Second, this Thursday's chat is a general chat, and we'd also love to hear your ideas for future #spbkchat topics, so put your thinking hats on!

Right. On to the list:





Titles:
Fifty Shades of Grey
Twilight
Sea Swept
Cabin in the Woods (movie)
Black Dagger Brotherhood  (series)
The Millennium trilogy
Gone Tomorrow
Chasing Fire
The Search
Witness
Looking for Alibrandi
Tomorrow When the War Began (series)
Harry Potter (series)
Sharon McCone (series)
61 Hours
The Hunger Games (series)
Lord John and the Private Matter
The Scottish Prisoner
The Tiger's Wife
Echo in the Bone
Room
Trixie Belden (series)
The Devil Wears Prada
Outlander
Game of Thrones (series)
My Sister's Keeper
The Pact
The Eternal Kiss
Wuthering Heights
Great Expectations
The Da Vinci Code

Authors:
Philippa Gregory
JD Robb
Dayla Moon
Melina Marchetta
Nora Roberts
Janet Evanovich
Diana Gabaldon
James Patterson
Sherrilyn Kenyon
Jennifer Crusie
Lee Child
Robert Crais
John Sanford
Jodi Picoult
Marcia Muller
Margaret Maron
Michael Connelly
Lee Child
Stephen King
Emma Donoghue
Dan Brown
J K Rowling
Charles Dickens
Stephenie Meyer

Sunday, June 3, 2012

The #spbkchat literary awards list

Sorry for the delay, it completely slipped my mind!


This week we talked about Literary Awards. 


Next week:  Too much hype? (Books that didn't meet your expectations)


Now on to the list:


Titles:
The Tiger's Wife
The Bluest Eye
Beloved
Catcher in the Rye
Eleven Seasons
Twilight (series)
Showtime
Fifty Shades of Grey
All that I Am
The Street Sweeper
Spirit of Progress
Song of Achilles
Parallel Stories
Painter of Silence
The Forgotten Waltz
State of Wonder
Cold Light


Authors:
Toni Morrison
Susan Hill
Madeline Miller
Terry Pratchett
Frank Moorhouse



Friday, May 25, 2012

The #spbkchat new authors list

This week the chat was about new authors.

Next week we're talking about literary awards, on the eve of the Orange prize being awarded.

The list:

Titles:
Lady Chatterley's Lover
The Cartographer
The World of Jeeves
Tigers and Devils
Dash and Dingo
Siren's Sting
Anna Funder
Foal's Bread
Wolfbreed
Wolf's Cross
Past the Shallows
The Abused Werewolves Rescue Group
The Reformed Vampires Support Group
The Snow Child
The Haven (series)
Guards! Guards!
Shaman Bonds

Authors:
Peter Twohig
Eowyn Ivey
Favel Parrett
Lucy Ellis
Ruthie Knox
P G Wodehouse
Sean Kennedy
Catt Ford
Kerry Greenwood
Laurie R King
Agatha Christie
Andrew Swann
Jeaniene Frost
Catherine Jinks
Terry Pratchett
Simon Green
John Le Carre
Nick Haraway
Susan Kay
Rebecca Ryman
Glen Duncan

Friday, May 18, 2012

The #spbkchat French Polynesia/Oceania list

This week the chat was about literature from French Polynesia/Oceania.

Next week: New authors.

The list:





Titles:
The Unbearable Lightness of Being
Half Blood Blues
The Mountain
The Fix
Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops
State of Wonder
Treasure of The Reef
Return to the Reef
Great Expectations
Jack Maggs

Mister Pip
Paris, My Sweet
Parisian Chic
Lunch in Paris
Paris in Love
Unbroken
South Pacific
The Persimmon Tree


Authors:
Esi Edugyan
Drusilla Modjeska
Nick Earls
Jen Campbell
Ann Patchett
Mary Elwyn Bates
Peter Carey
Lloyd Jones
Charles Dickens
Willard Price
Margaret Mead
Alistair Te Ariki Campbell
Ines de la Fressange
Eloisa James
Elizabeth Bard
Laura Hillenbrand
James Michener
Bryce Courteney


Links:
http://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/en/ourauckland/events/pages/pasifikafestival2012.aspx
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Pule
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sia_Figiel
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albert_Wendt
http://www.nzepc.auckland.ac.nz/features/whetu_moana/index.asp
http://www.amazon.com/s?ie=UTF8&keywords=French%20Polynesia&rh=n%3A17%2Ck%3AFrench%20Polynesia&page=1

Friday, May 11, 2012

The #spbkchat general chat list

This week we had  a general, all-ranging chat.

Next week: French Polynesia/Oceania

On to the list:

Titles:
My Sister's Keeper
The Fix
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Red House
Liar
How to Ditch Your Fairy
Twilight
Fifty Shades of Grey
Frankenstein
Angelmaker
Team Human
Doc
A Wrinkle in Time
The Hunger Games (series)
Chaos Walking (series)
The Sparrow
Children of God
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
The Help
Clockwork Prince
The True History of the Kelly Gang
Pandemonium
Delirium (series)
The Fault in Our Stars
Looking for Alaska
Paper Towns
Where the Heart Is
Bitter Greens
Religion for Atheists
The City & The City
State of Wonder
Railsea
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time

Authors:
Nick Earls
Mark Haddon
Justine Lavaworm
Sarah Rees Brennan
Mary Doria Russell
Madeline L'Engle
Peter Carey
John Green
Pat Rosier
Lauren Oliver
Kate Forsyth
Toni Morrison
Alain de Botton
Jonathon Safron Froer
Lisa Kleypas
Ann Patchett



Links:
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/09/books/maurice-sendak-childrens-author-dies-at-83.html?_r=1
http://justinelarbalestier.com/books/team-human/
http://knowledgelost.org/
http://literary-exploration.com/
http://unconventional2012.wordpress.com/
http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/609466-half-stars
http://www.suzs-space.com/
http://bookthingo.com.au/category/vodcasts/
http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLB5218E1E9A00E151
http://www.smashwords.com/

Friday, May 4, 2012

The #spbkchat reinvented classics list

This week we talked about reinvented classics.

Next week - general chat.

On to the list!

Titles:
Game of Thrones (series)
Reformed Vampire Support Group
The Abused Werewolf Rescue Group
True Blood/Southern Vampire Series
Dexter (series)
Sherlock (series)
Everneath
Starcrossed
The Muppets
Goddess Interrupted
A Christmas Carol
Hercules
Xena
Mists of Avalon
Avalon High
Camelot
Mask of Apollo
The Charioteer
The Great Gatsby
An Offer from a Gentleman
Shrek
Dante's Inferno
Lavinia
Ragnorak
The Seventh Swan
Me Before You
The Little Mermaid
The Stone Cage
Tales from the Night Garden
Bitter Greens
Banquo's Son (series)
Malcolm and Juliet
The Swan Maiden
Till We Have Faces
Ember
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
Frankenstein
Beauty and the Beast
West Side Story
Grimm (TV series)
Once Upon a Time (TV series)
Where the Wild Things Are
Beauty
Much Ado About Nothing
Dracula
Jane Eyre
The Eyre Affair
Get Over It
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Macbeth
Romeo & Juliet
Masters of Verona
10 Things I Hate About You
The Taming of the Shrew
Easy A
The Scarlet Letter
The Notebook
Bridget Jones's Diary
Bride and Prejudice
The Jane Austen Book Club
Lost in Austen
Mudbound
Clueless
Emma
Jane Austen Ruined My Life
Prada and Prejudice
Snow White
When She Woke
JackMaggs
Mister Pip
One Thousand Acres
Abe Lincoln Vampire Hunter
Ever After
Mary Bennett

Authors:
Neil Gaiman
Nicholas Stuart Gray
Sherrilyn Kenyon
Agatha Christie
Catherine Jinks
Meg Cabot
Mary Renault
A S Byatt
Ursula le Guin
Robin McKinley
Patricia Wrede
Mercedes Lackey
Catherynne Valente
Kate Forsyth
Tania Roxborough
Bernard Beckett
Jules Watson
C S Lewis
Bettie Sharp
Jane Austen
Eloisa James
George Eliot
Sheri S Tepper
Jasper Fforde
Michael Thomas Forde
Shakespeare
David Blixt
Hilary Jordan
Peter Carey
Lloyd Jones
Jane Smiley
Jennifer Paynter

Links:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kingdom_Hearts
http://www.theintrepidreader.com/2012/04/kate-forsyth-guest-post.html
http://www.theintrepidreader.com/2008/12/master-of-verona-by-david-blixt.html

Friday, April 27, 2012

The #spbkchat magic realism list

This week, we talked about magic realism.

Next week, we're chatting about reinvented classics: new versions of classic stories.

On to the list:

Titles:
Ragnarok
Foucault's Pendant
Wuthering Heights
Jane Eyre
Harry Potter (series)
Metamorphosis
The Lovely Bones
Tomorrow series
Her Fearful Symmetry
Carpenteria
Eating Fire and Drinking Water
Pedro Paramo
The Time Traveller's Wife
The Hummingbird's Daughter
The Alchemist
Jonathon Strange & Mr Norrell
Practical Magic
IQ84
The Wind-up Bird Chronicles
The Night Circus
Perfume
Love in the Time of Cholera
Love and Other Demons
One Hundred Years of Solitude
Shadow of the Wind
Chocolat
Holy Fools
Five Quarters of the Orange
City of the Beasts



Authors:
A S Byatt
Lisa Kleypas
Umberto Eco
Franz Kafka
John Marsden
Lisa Tuttle
Audrey Niffenegger
Alexis Wright
Karnlee Thompson
Glenda Guest
David Musgrove
Jorge Louis Borges
Tim Jones
Arlene Chai
Juan Rulfo
Luis Alberto Urea
Alice Hoffman
Haruki Murakami
Isabelle Allende
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Joanne Harris
Salman Rushdie
Sarah Addison Allen
Laura Esquivel



Links:
http://t.co/wcx5d9Ab
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Magic_realism_novels



Friday, April 20, 2012

The #spbkchat literary wonders list

Our topic this week was literary wonders.

Next week: magic realism.

The list:

Titles:
Never Let Me Go
The Book Thief
One Hundred Years of Solitude
The Sparrow
Children of God
The Color Purple
Ghost Child
Matilda
The Last Unicorn
Pride and Prejudice
Lord of the Rings
Addition
The Time Traveller's Wife
Her Fearful Symmetry
Chaos Walking (series)
I Came to Say Goodbye
Rats and Gargoyles
The Lovely Bones
Twilight
The Hunger Games (series)
Almost Like Being in Love
The Bone People
To Kill a Mockingbird

Authors:
Milan Kundera
Elizabeth Knox
Bill Manhire
Tim Jones
Margaret Mahy
Lynley Dodds
Pamela Allen
Stephen Michael King
Stephanie Laurence
Sarah Mayberry
Kelly Hunter
Milan Kundera
Markus Zusak
Kazuo Ishiguro
Melina Marchetta
Maria Doria Russell
AliceWalker
Peter S Beagle
Toni Jordan
Audrey Niffenegger
Patrick Ness
Caroline Overington
Mary Gentle
Steve Kluger
Keri Hulme

Friday, April 13, 2012

The #spbkchat Thailand list

It was a quieter chat than usual for Thailand this week but still a good one.
:-)

Next week: Literary wonders.

On to the list:


Titles:
The Wind-up Girl
Anna and the King of Siam
Sightseeing
The Beach
Bangkok 8 (series)

Authors:
Margaret Landon
S P Somtow
John Burdett
Paolo Bacigalupi

Links:
http://garlicandsapphires.dreamwidth.org/1795.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anna_and_the_King_of_Siam_%28book%29
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10831933-the-beach-alex-garland
http://www.ajarnforum.net/vb/the-virtual-pub/5287-best-novels-set-in-thailand.html
http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/647301-thailand

Saturday, April 7, 2012

The #spbkchat general chat list


General chats are always fun and active. Next week,  Thailand (Note: 13-15 April is the celebration of the traditional Thai New Year/ Songkran Festival).


On to the list:


Titles:
Spectre
Delirium
Fallen
Pandemonium
Tender Morsels
Game of Thrones (series)
Sea Hearts
Luther (TV series)
Lover Reborn
Once Upon a Time (TV series)
Black Dagger Brotherhood (series)
Hidden Summit
Destiny of Light
Hypnotist's Love Story
Bitter Greens
Me Before You
Thyla
Vulpi
The Iron Council
Taken


Authors:
Phillippa Ballantine
Lauren Oliver
Margo Lanagan
China Mieville
G R R Martin
Terrence Rattigan
JoJo Moyes
Laine Moriarty
Kate Gordon
Robert Crais


Links:
http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2012/03/28/the-power-of-young-adult-fiction
http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2012/03/28/the-power-of-young-adult-fiction/adults-should-read-adult-books
http://bookthingo.com.au/tag/fallen/

Friday, March 30, 2012

The #spbkchat better than expected: books that surprised you list

Another great chat - a very busy discussion!

Next week it's a free-for-all general chat. NOTE: New Zealand's Daylight Savings Time changes this weekend  - we fall back an hour so if the time for #spbkchat seems to be off, that's why. We start at 10pm New Zealand Time every week, so check your zones here: http://spbkchat.blogspot.co.nz/p/times.html

On to the list!



Titles:
The Book Thief
Othello
Macbeth
Much Ado About Nothing
The Divine Comedy
The Killing Floor
David Copperfield
Bleak House
Great Expectations
Pride & Prejudice
Original Sin
A Room With a View
Whistling in the Dark
 Looking for Alibrandi
Saving Francesca
Romeo & Juliet
Harp in the South
Emma
Forever
The Old Man and the Sea
King Lear
The Scarlet Pimpernel
If I Stay
Where She Went
Away
Lockie Leonard
Maestro
Catcher in the Rye
To Kill a Mockingbird
The Lord of the Rings
A Farewell to Arms
The Hobbit
Forbidden
The Merchant of Venice
Hamlet
Atonement
12th Night
Life of Pi
A Christmas Carol
Ender's Game
The Passage
Oliver Twist
Perfect Chemistry
Virgin River
Old Man's War

The Last Stormlord
The Master & Margrita
War & Peace
Anna Karenina
Sherlock Holmes (series)
Harry Potter (series)
The Hunger Games (series)
Lola and the Boy Next Door
Remastering Jerna
The Time Traveler's Wife
Twilight
Anna and the French Kiss
The Great Gatsby
Warm Bodies
Slave to Sensation
Slice
The Weight of Water
The Night Circus
                                                                                                       
Authors:
Dante
William Shakespeare
Lee Child
Charles Dickens
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Jane Austen
Beth McMullen
E M Forster
Tamara Allen
Kelly Hunter
Melina Marchetta
Judy Blume
Ernest Hemingway
Ruth Park
Tabitha Suzuma
Joss Whedon
Gayle Foreman
Simone Elkeles
Robyn Carr
John Scalzi
Glenda Larke
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Laurie King
Ann Somerville
Audrey Niffenegger
Nalini Singh
Victoria Dahl
Stephanie Perkins
Stephen Herrick
Sarah Crossan

Links:
http://www.thebookclub.co.uk/blog/barrowmanfeedback/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hollow_Earth_%28novel%29
http://www.nbr.co.nz/article/one-hundred-writers-coming-aucklands-big-book-festival-113687
http://www.writersfestival.co.nz/

Friday, March 23, 2012

The #spbkchat guilty pleasure list

Our guilty pleasures provoked a lively and interesting discussion this week.

Next week:  better than expected - books that surprised you!

(Side note: I use "lively" too much.)

On to the list!

Titles:
Grey's Anatomy (TV Series)
House (TV Series)
The Hunger Games (series)
Twilight (series)
The Sad Book
Pride & Prejudice
The Perfect Chemistry (series)
The Cranky Bear
Star Trek (TV Series)
Anita Blake (series)
War and Peace
Forever
The Baby-sitters Club (series)
Gone With the Wind
Dragonlance (series)
Belgariad (series)
Mallorean (series)
50 Shades of Grey
Forgotten Realms (series)
Captain Underpants (series)
Soulless
Deltora (series)
The Scarlet Pimpernell
A Place Called Home
The Da Vinci Code
The Night Circus
Bereft
Discworld (series)
Faith Fairchild (series)
Murder She Wrote (TV Series
Monk (TV Series)

Authors:
Thea Devine
Michael Rosen
Simone Elkeles
Judy Blume
Jane Austen
Joey Hill
Paullina Simons
Joss Whedon
Gail Carriger
Agatha Christie
Stephen King
Baroness Orczy
Jilly Cooper
Jo Goodman
Kelly Hunter
Sarah Mayberry
Dan Brown
Michael Ford Thomas
Jay Quinn
Nicholas Sparks
Lauren Conrad
Ann Rule
Elaine Cunningham
David Eddings
Maeve Binchey
Terry Pratchett
Sherri S Tepper
Elizabeth Enright
L M Montgomery
Laura Childs
Kathryn Hall Page
Janet Evanovich
Laura Levine
Charmaine Harris
Juliet Marrillier
V C Andrews

Links:
http://bookthingo.com.au/spoiling-a-happy-ending/
http://thehandmirror.blogspot.co.nz/2012/03/young-adult-fiction.html
http://reasoningwithvampires.tumblr.com/post/11066620103
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yaoi
http://www.writersfestival.co.nz/
http://www.literotica.com/stories/index.php  (NB: adult-themed erotica)

Friday, March 16, 2012

The #spbkchat TBR purgatory list


Our purgatory piles inspired a great, lively chat this week. Next week, we're talking about guilty pleasures :-)

On to this week's list.

Titles:
Pride and Prejudice
On the Jellicoe Road
Looking for Alibrandi
Saving Francesca
A Good American
The Weight of Water
Lord of the Flies
Persuasion
Mansfield Park
The Fault in Our Stars
Wonder
Emergency Marriage
The Greek Billionaire's Baby
Revenge
The Tuscan Tycoon's Pregnant Housekeeper
Bought for the Sicilian Billionaire's Bed
Beowulf
Emma
Sense & Sensibility
Pride & Prejudice & Zombies
Serpentwar Saga (series)
Shanghai Girl
Vilette
Jane Eyre
Agnes Grey
Wuthering Heights
Delirium
Magician (series)
The Passage
Princesses and Pornstars: Sex, Identity and Power
Your Skirt's Too Short
To Kill a Mockingbird
Millennium trilogy
Collapse
Lord John and the Private Matter
Doomsday Book
To Say Nothing of the Dog
Black Out
All Clear
Lady Chatterley's Lover
Black Juice
A Doll's House
The Madness of Lord Ian
Slow Motion
Coraline
Waverley
Moby Dick
Jonathon Strange and Mr Norrell
Great Expectations
Oliver Twist
The Unbearable Lightness of Being
The Madwoman in the Attic
Birdsong
Atlas Shrugged
Wolf Hall
War and Peace
Ulysses
The Brothers Karamazov


Authors:
Alex George
Melinda Marchetta
John Green
Sarah Crossan
R J Palacio
Malcolm Lowry
Henry James
Faulkner
Jane Austen
Raymond Feist
Janny Wurts
Lisa See
Germaine Greer
Bronte sisters
Lauren Olivier
Sharon Kay Penman
Charles Dickens
Joseph Conrad
Thomas Pynchon
Emily Maguire
Jarrod Diamond
Connie Willis
Jennifer Ashley
J R Ward
Diana Gabaldon
Georgette Heyer
Lynne Segal
Joanne Bourne
Neil Gaiman
Margo Lanagan
Sir Walter Scott
Leslie Cannold
V C Andrews
Lexxie Couper
Joanna Chambers
Shirley Busbee
Thea Harrison
Jasper Fforde
Paullina Simons
Marian Keyes
Kathleen Woodwiss
James Joyce

Friday, March 9, 2012

The #spbkchat women writers list

Thursday was International Women's Day so this week's chat was all about women's lit. Next week - purgatory books :-)

On to the list:

Titles:
The Fountainhead
Blaze
Secret River
The Lieutenant
Harry Potter (series)

Wuthering Heights
Song of Achilles
Pride and Prejudice
Jane Eyre
One Day
The Odyssey
Bridget Jones
Undead (series)
Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit
The Night Circus

Authors:
Patricia Cornwell
Kathy Reichs
Elizabeth George
Ayn Rand
Dorothy Sayers
Jennifer Crusie
Ilona Andrews
Patricia Briggs
Carrie Vaughn
Anne Rice
Gail Carriger
Sara Craven
E J Oxenham
Mercedes Lackey
Catherynne Valente
Kerry Greenwood
Ursula le Guin
Elizabeth Jane Howard
Alice Munro
Alice Sheldon
Elizabeth Enright
Agatha Christie
Judy Blume
S E Hinton
Maggie Anderson
Matthew Reilly
Tom Clancy
Mary Renault
Julian May
Andre Norton
Zenna Henderson
J K Rowling
Marilyn Waring
H R Ellis Davidson
Emily Bronte
Marian Zimmer Bradley
Holly Lisle
Jane Lindskold
Charlotte Bronte
Jane Austen
Mary-Janice Davidson
Radclyffe
Kim Baldwin
Ronica Black
Lori Lake
Laurie King
Val McDiarmid
Saxon Bennett
Ngaio Marsh
Margaret Maron
P D James
Jeanette Winterson

Links:
http://www.amazon.com/Believing-Lie-Elizabeth-George/dp/0525952586/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1331205946&sr=1-1
http://www.womensbookshop.co.nz/
http://www.belletrista.com/2012/Issue15/reviews_3.php
http://www.booksellerandpublisher.com.au/articles/2012/03/22956/

Friday, March 2, 2012

The #spbkchat general chat list

General chats are always fun and lively and this one was no exception.

Next week we're talking women writers (March 8 is International Women's Day).

On to the list.



Titles:
Flowers in the Attic
Petals on the Wind
Phryne Fisher (series)
Mary Russell (series)
Sherlock Holmes (series)
Maisie Dobbs (series)
Rowland Sinclair (series)
Raw Blue
Cocaine Blues
Murder at Victoria Docks
Murder in Montparnasse
Murder Must Advertise
Inspector Alleyn (series)
Surfeit of Lampreys
Tea Shop mysteries (series)
Earthly Delights
The Hollow
American Vampire
Chronicle of the Tree (series)
Winter Sea
Rose Garden
Anne of Green Gables (series)
Oracle's Fire
Love, Bourbon Street
Road Markings
The Crown
The Mill House Recruit
A Breath of French Air
Bleak House
David Copperfield
Mariana
The Shadowy Horses
Automatic Detective
Darling Buds of May (series)
That's Revolting: Queer Strategies for Resisting Assimilation
Torchwood: The Men Who Sold Us the Earth
The Fault in Our Stars
The Street Sweeper
Ill Wind
Infinite Jest


Authors:
V C Andrews
Neil Gaiman
Kerry Greenwood
Laurie R King
Kirsty Eagar
Sulari Gentill
Dorothy Sayers
Ngaio Marsh
Laura Childs
Henry James
Jessica Verday
Mary Victoria
Greg Herren
Paul Willis
Nancy Bilyeau
Darcie Chan
H E Bates
A Lee Martinez
Susanna Kearsley
Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore
Rachel Caine
David Foster Wallace


Links:
http://www.openculture.com/2011/12/fill_your_new_kindle_ipad_iphone_with_free_ebooks_movies_audio_books_courses_more.html
http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/
http://readersadvisory.wetpaint.com/page/Standing+Order+Suggestions+for+Romance