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