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[personal profile] esteleth
I don't have a absolute favorite book, so, in no particular alphabetical by author order here are my 20 favorite books and short stories:
1) Last Chance to See by Adams, Douglas
2) The Divine Comedy by Alighieri, Dante
3) The Foundation series by Asimov, Isaac
4) The Ugly Little Boy by Asimov, Isaac and Silverberg, Robert
5) Oryx and Crake by Atwood, Margaret
6) Pride and Prejudice by Austen, Jane
7) Fun Home by Bechdel, Alison
8) The Heritage of Hasteur by Bradley, Marion Zimmer
9) Thendara House by Bradley, Marion Zimmer
10) Dawn by Butler, Octavia
11) The Peaceable Kingdom by de Hartog, Jan
12) The City of Ladies by de Pizan, Christine
13) The Bone Doll’s Twin by Flewelling, Lynn
14) “If This Goes On --” by Heinlein, Robert
15) The Disposessed by Le Guin, Ursula
16) The Left Hand of Darkness by Le Guin, Ursula
17) Night Watch by Pratchett, Terry
18) “Love is the Plan the Plan is Death” by Tiptree, James
19) The Lord of the Rings by Tolkien, J.R.R.
20) We by Zamyatin, Yevgeny
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I'm not sure whether these are my top-20 "favorite" books or not, but as of right now, they are my 20 "favorite books to talk about".

1) Fun Home by Alison Bechdel
2) Walk With Us: Triplet Boys, Their Teen Parents, and Two White Women who Tagged Along by Elizabeth K. Gordon
3) Last Chance to See by Douglas Adams
4) Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenrich
5) Goblin Market and Other Poems by Christina Rossetti
6) Mrs. Spring Fragrance and Other Stories by Sui-Sin Far
7) The Once and Future King by T.H. White
8) More Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin
9) The Heritage of Hastur by Marion Zimmer Bradley
10) The Complete Kama Sutra tr. by Alain Danielou
11) Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
12) The Skin of Our Teeth by Thorton Wilder
13) An Old-Fashioned Girl by Louisa May Alcott
14) Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters' First 100 Years by Sarah L. Delany and A. Elizabeth Delany
15) The Poetic Edda tr. by Lee Hollander
16) Man and Superman by George Bernard Shaw
17) Ruby by Rosa Guy
18) The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes
19) Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell
20) A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
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[personal profile] eponymous
Hello! I've noticed that several people have decided to follow this community, including people whom I don't know. Now that I've got a little bit of free time, I thought it would be a good time to get things started around here.

First, I want to speak a little bit to why I created this community (partly excerpted from my personal journal). My biggest desire is to have a place for people who like to read beyond the classics, best sellers, and the front tables at Barnes & Noble. I want to talk books with people who get excited about elements of literature other than story. And with people who can think critically about works, even those that they enjoy. My favorite books make me think and ponder. They make consider questions of structure and narrative discourse, intertextuality and metafiction. They make me examine myself and my relationship to the world around me. They awaken my mind and force me to grapple with ideas that I don't always understand. They show me the beauty of language and ideas and form. Hopefully, this community will be a place where people who share a similar approach and philosophy (even if the specifics of aesthetic taste and preference differ) can get together to talk about such things.

Applications: Why an application process? Having an application process is a way to keep the community focused. Moreso, I've always enjoyed the rich discussion that can take place on an application--and how it gives the applicant a chance to interact and get to know the existing membership better. There are a number of open-membership book discussion communities on Dreamwidth that are awesome. If you are uncomfortable with the idea of applications and the baggage they carry, then this probably is not a good community to join. Anyone may subscribe to the community and read the discussions, but only people who successfully apply will be permitted to post and comment.

Between now and June 7th, anyone who posts an application will be able to vote on any other application put up during that time. This will be a time to establish a core membership group and begin to set the tone for the type of community we want. Also, it means that even the first applicants will get the chance to respond to challenges and talk about their favorite books.

To apply, join the community and submit your list of Top 20 books. Be prepared to talk about your choices, possibly to defend them, and to respond to challenges. Include the full title of each work and the author's name as it is credited--be mindful to use correct spelling and formatting.


May. 27th, 2009 03:30 pm
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[personal profile] lorres
Do you want to have an application process?


Do you want regularly occurring discussions or no?

I don't know what this question means. Could you expand on it a little bit?

Do you want to help me out somehow?

What sort of jobs do you have?


May. 6th, 2009 04:33 pm
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[personal profile] eponymous
What I knew when creating [community profile] bibliophiles is that I wanted a community where I can talk with others about my passion for books. However, the format of the community still needs to be determined. So, for those of you who have joined already, I pose the following question:

What sort of community would you like this to be?

Do you want to have an application process?
Do you want regularly occurring discussions or no?
Do you want to help me out somehow?

Tell me about your hopes for this community.




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