Book Challenge of 2011

Members try to read 50 books in 2011. Anyone can participate. Keep track of your progress with your own thread.

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Re: Book Challenge of 2011

Postby tanner » 03 Jan 2011, 03:46

When we start our individual threads, how about adding our personal challenge book(s) to everyone else (or ourselves) right below our star explanations? And I liked Wildlx's book suggestions. Maybe we could add Babyji, by Abha Dawesar. I haven't read it yet but it got excellent reviews and won a Lambda.
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Re: Book Challenge of 2011

Postby gill » 03 Jan 2011, 06:07

I'd like to try and participate more - but after seeing what happened to 2nd Lt Sue I'm just going to comply with whatever you all decide. :scared:
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Re: Book Challenge of 2011

Postby Lt Sue » 03 Jan 2011, 06:44

gill wrote:I'd like to try and participate more - but after seeing what happened to 2nd Lt Sue I'm just going to comply with whatever you all decide. :scared:


Don't worry Gill, I'm made of stern stuff! The problem with picking the challenge books at the beginning means you can't accommodate any books released during the year. I'm still pushing for a BSB/Bella book to be included. Not all think they are rubbish and it may encourage others to participate.

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Keeping up appearances - Ann Roberts (Spinsters Ink)
Watermark - JM Redman (BSB)
Parallel Lives - Stella Duffy (Bywater Books)
Wedding Day Blues - Julia Watts (Bella Books)
Wish I was Here - Jackie Kay (Picador)
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Re: Book Challenge of 2011

Postby Baker » 03 Jan 2011, 06:49

A BSB/Bella book amongst the challenge books is fine, but I draw the line at ALL of them.

Point taken about missing books released during the year.
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Re: Book Challenge of 2011

Postby FranW » 03 Jan 2011, 06:51

I'd be up for a Redmann book, no matter who publishes it.

Does anyone know of Susan Smith has anything forthcoming?
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Re: Book Challenge of 2011

Postby Lt Sue » 03 Jan 2011, 06:59

FranW wrote:
Does anyone know of Susan Smith has anything forthcoming?


Nothing on the BSB website...

This could be interesting:-

Women of the Mean Streets: Lesbian Noir

edited by J.M. Redmann & Greg Herren

Release: August 2011


Women. Crime. Justice. At least the search for it. On the mean streets, the back allies, the dark corners.

These are stories of tough women in hard places. The nights are long, the women are fast, and danger is always a short block or quick minute away. Edited by award winning author/editors J.M. Redmann and Greg Herren, Women of the Mean Streets is an anthology of some of the top, tough women crime writers today, noir stories with a lesbian twist.
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Re: Book Challenge of 2011

Postby deej » 03 Jan 2011, 07:14

I'm with Sue. We can't say "all" books are crap from a particular publisher, especially since a good number of us truly enjoy Gill McKnight's books, Karin Kallmaker, etc. I also agree an exceptional book could come out that merits a challenge but if we limit the list now, we'd miss it. How about we do six months at a time, a compromise??? :oops:
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Re: Book Challenge of 2011

Postby tanner » 03 Jan 2011, 08:32

I love Redmann, too! And y'all don't forget to put a couple (or more) of personal challenge books at the top of your thread this time. Doesn't matter if it's an old one you love or one you'd recommend from last year but it will be easy to find them that way. Is that okay with everyone? :)
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Re: Book Challenge of 2011

Postby FranW » 03 Jan 2011, 08:38

2nd Lt Sue wrote:Nothing on the BSB website...

IIRC, she and BSB have parted ways (a la Georgia Beers, JD Glass, etc). I hope she's found a new publisher, or an agent (or both) -- she's a talented writer.

Nothing on the BSB website...

2nd Lt Sue wrote:Women of the Mean Streets: Lesbian Noir

It sounds interesting. Do you know who the authors are? One of the things I dislike about BSB anthologies is that all the stories are by BSB authors, so it seems like clones writing clones. I like Cleis anthologies because they're open to submissions from anyone and so I get introduced to new authors that way (Cat Rambo comes to mind).
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Re: Book Challenge of 2011

Postby gill » 03 Jan 2011, 10:11

Redman seems to be across the board - can we take her as a definite?
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