AMF Favorite Books Poll: Voting Thread

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AMF Favorite Books Poll: Voting Thread

Postby Listyguy » Wed Dec 28, 2016 2:36 am

Welcome to AM's first dabble into a books poll! In this thread you can submit your lists of favorites and I will lay out the rules and guidelines for the poll:

What is eligible?
Here is what we've decided will be eligible and ineligible:
Eligible:
-Fiction novels
-Short story collections
-Plays
-Epics

Ineligible:
-Nonfiction books
-Religious texts

How long must lists be?
Lists must have a minimum of 10 entries in order to be used for this poll. On the other side, 100 books is the maximum that will be used for the poll itself, but longer lists are always welcomed.

What about series of books/trilogies?
Please vote for series and trilogies as a single entity (i.e. they only take up one slot on your list).

What is the formula?
We will be using this formula for tabulating the results:
100*(1+10)/(position+10)

How long will this be open?
This poll will tentatively stay opened until August 31st, 2017. This is to encourage those participating to read a few more books between the deadline and now. If there is a general consensus that everyone wants more time, the deadline will be extended.

What should I read next?
Check out this recommendation thread if you are looking for things to read and/or want to suggest what others should read.
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Re: AMF Favorite Books Poll: Voting Thread

Postby Listyguy » Sat Jan 28, 2017 9:05 pm

If anyone wants to send comments with their list, pm me about it when you submit your list

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Re: AMF Favorite Books Poll: Voting Thread

Postby Dexter » Wed Feb 01, 2017 1:11 am

Graphic novels, manga, light novels, religious tomes... ineligible? Not considered serious literature?

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Re: AMF Favorite Books Poll: Voting Thread

Postby Listyguy » Wed Feb 01, 2017 10:11 pm

Dexter wrote:Graphic novels, manga, light novels, religious tomes... ineligible? Not considered serious literature?

Religious texts are certainly ineligible, for a number of reasons (such as whether or not they are fiction or nonfiction). Light novels seem like they would be classified with novellas as eligible. As for graphic novels, we've had some discussion about them here.

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Re: AMF Favorite Books Poll: Voting Thread

Postby Gillingham » Tue Feb 21, 2017 3:43 pm

Great.
Good to see we still have some time to compile a list. Definitely will participate.
By the way, do we just post our lists in this thread? I think that would encourage others to join in.

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Re: AMF Favorite Books Poll: Voting Thread

Postby Listyguy » Tue Feb 21, 2017 6:20 pm

Gillingham wrote:Great.
Good to see we still have some time to compile a list. Definitely will participate.
By the way, do we just post our lists in this thread? I think that would encourage others to join in.

Yes, do post lists in this thread!

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Re: AMF Favorite Books Poll: Voting Thread

Postby Listyguy » Tue Mar 21, 2017 3:22 pm

I hope everyone has been as busy reading for this poll as I have! I finished reading The Stranger the other day, and started Their Eyes Were Watching God yesterday. I'm posting to remind people this poll is open and to let everyone know that I'm pushing the deadline back to August 31, 2017. There are two reasons for this: The first is because I'll have more time at that time to tabulate the results, and it gives people more time to submit lists (and to read for the poll).

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Re: AMF Favorite Books Poll: Voting Thread

Postby antonius » Tue Mar 21, 2017 6:01 pm

I've read some books of the 21st century this year

Great:
The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini: about friendship through the years; treason; war; religion; love; identity; and kite running.
The Book Thief - Markus Zusak: about the power of reading books; war; death; family; and writing books.

Good
The curious incident of the dog in the night time - Mark Haddon: about autism; and dysfunctional families. Funny, sad, and uplifting in the end.

Ohers
- A Thousand Splendid Suns - Khaled Hosseini: put it away because the subject matter was too depressing after the "Kite Runner"
- The Time - Travellers wife - Audrey Niffenegger: I couldn't relate to the story at all, so I read about 50 pages before putting it away
- A Brief History of 7 killings - Marlon James: read half of it over a few months last year, but stopped because of the violence, and because I couldn't understand all of the dialects.

Currently reading
The white tiger - Aravind Adiga: think it's going to be one ot the great ones, about halfway through now. About becoming a "businessman" in Bangalore, India.

Also great from the 21st century
American Gods - Neil Gaiman
Ready Player One - Ernest Cline
Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell

So yes, I'm reading books. And I will participate with a list.

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Re: AMF Favorite Books Poll: Voting Thread

Postby Gillingham » Wed Mar 22, 2017 7:59 am

Since posting here a month ago, I've read:
Stanislaw Lem - His Master's Voice
Charles Dickens - A Tale of Two Cities
Jose Saramango - Blindness
Chinua Achebe - Things Fall Apart
None of which will make my list, unfortunately.

Currently reading Carsons McCullers' The Member of the Wedding and am definitely liking it so far.

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Re: AMF Favorite Books Poll: Voting Thread

Postby Nick » Wed Mar 22, 2017 6:38 pm

I've spent the past couple of months mostly reading non-fiction, and while many of those books were awesome, it has set me back a little when it comes to preparing for this poll. I still did find time to read 2 fiction books, "The Ocean at the End of the Lane" by Neil Gaiman (a good book and a pleasant surprise as I disliked "American Gods") and Ralph Ellison's "Invisible Man" (which was fantastic and will definitely make my top 50 novels list). I'm also a little over halfway through the William T. Vollmann novel "You Bright and Risen Angels", which is a little too verbose for the sake of verbosity, but otherwise a pretty great read. It may make my list depending on how well the second half goes.

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Re: AMF Favorite Books Poll: Voting Thread

Postby antonius » Fri Mar 24, 2017 1:50 pm

Jose Saramango - Blindness: this will be included on my list.

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Re: AMF Favorite Books Poll: Voting Thread

Postby StevieFan13 » Thu Apr 13, 2017 7:56 pm

Here's what I've got.
1) Harper Lee - To Kill a Mockingbird
2) Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons - Watchmen
3) Spider Robinson - Callahan's Crosstime Saloon
4) Douglas Adams - The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
5) Rainbow Rowell - Eleanor and Park
6) William Shakespeare - Much Ado About Nothing
7) Art Spiegelman - Maus
8) Marjane Satrapi - Persepolis
9) Alison Bechdel - Fun Home
10) Nick Hornby - High Fidelity
11) George Orwell - Animal Farm
12) Robert Louis Stevenson - The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
13) Andy Weir - The Martian
14) J.K. Rowling - Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
15) Laurie Colwin - Happy All the Time
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Re: AMF Favorite Books Poll: Voting Thread

Postby PlasticRam » Fri Apr 14, 2017 12:41 am

I'm not gonna be submitting cos I've read relatively few books, but I do recommend:

1984 - George Orwell
Flowers for Algernon - Daniel Keyes
The Overcoat - Nikolai Gogol
The Harry Potter series - J.K. Rowling (Part 1 or 2 my fav)
I feel like that

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Re: AMF Favorite Books Poll: Voting Thread

Postby Listyguy » Mon Apr 17, 2017 1:54 pm

StevieFan13 wrote:14) J.K. Rowling - Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

This entry will be counted as the entire Harry Potter series (as series are being counted as a single entity for the purposes of the poll). So if you'd like to change this position based on that information, feel free to do so.

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Re: AMF Favorite Books Poll: Voting Thread

Postby StevieFan13 » Mon Apr 17, 2017 2:26 pm

Listyguy wrote:
StevieFan13 wrote:14) J.K. Rowling - Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

This entry will be counted as the entire Harry Potter series (as series are being counted as a single entity for the purposes of the poll). So if you'd like to change this position based on that information, feel free to do so.

That's ok.
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Re: AMF Favorite Books Poll: Voting Thread

Postby PetShopBoy » Tue Apr 25, 2017 9:16 pm

Who is going to volunteer to run a Non Fiction Poll?!

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Re: AMF Favorite Books Poll: Voting Thread

Postby Dexter » Thu May 04, 2017 7:43 am

100. Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi (Graphic novel, 2003)
99. Battle Royale by Koushun Takami (1999)
98. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes (1966)
97. A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan (2010)
96. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens (1859)
95. Animal Farm by George Orwell (1945)
94. The Turn of the Screw by Henry James (1898)
93. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick (1968)
92. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1943)
91. The Stranger by Albert Camus (1942)
90. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway (1952)
89. The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka (1915)
88. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck (1935)
87. The Makioka Sisters by Jun'ichiro Tanizaki (1943-1948)
86. The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett (1929)
85. The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane (1895)
84. The Tin Drum by Gunter Grass (1959)
83. Sandman by Neil Gaiman (Graphic novel, 1988-1996)
82. Beloved by Toni Morrison (1987)
81. The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks (1984)
80. High Fidelity by Nick Hornby (1995)
79. Perfume by Patrick Suskind (1985)
78. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini (2003)
77. Jimmy Corrigan, the Smartest Kid on Earth by Chris Ware (Graphic novel, 2000)
76. The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco (1980)
75. Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami (1987)
74. Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell (2004)
73. Maus: A Survivor's Tale by Art Spiegelman (Graphic novel, 1991)
72. Blindness by Jose Saramago (1995)
71. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz (2007)
70. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon (2000)
69. The Alchemist by Pablo Coelho (1998)
68. White Teeth by Zadie Smith (2000)
67. The Regeneration Trilogy by Pat Barker (1991-1995)
66. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood (1985)
65. Atonement by Ian Mcewan (2001)
64. For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway (1940)
63. The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer (1948)
62. House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski (2000)
61. Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace (1996)
60. The Life of Pi by Yann Martel (2001)
59. Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons (Graphic novel, 1986)
58. The Picture Of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde (1891)
57. The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky (1879-1880)
56. Wuthering Heights by Brontë (1847)
55. Charlotte's Web by E.B. White (1952)
54. Harry Potter: The Complete Series by J. K. Rowling (1997-2007)
53. Rebecca by Daphne de Maurier (1938)
52. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov (1955)
51. Moby-Dick by Herman Melville (1851)
50. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë (1847)
49. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsy (1866)
48. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez (1967)
47. Lord of the Flies by William Golding (1954)
46. White Noise by Don DeLillo (1985)
45. Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse (1922)
44. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams (1979)
43. The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler (1939)
42. If on a Winter's Night a Traveller by Italo Calvino (1979)
41. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (1813)
40. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (1925)
39. The Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe (1987)
38. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey (1962)
37. The Spy Who Came in from the Cold by John le Carré (1963)
36. The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien (1937)
35. Neuromancer by William Gibson (1984)
34. The Children of Men by P. D. James (1992)
33. Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain (2012)
32. The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen (2001)
31. His Dark Materials Trilogy by Philip Pullman (1995-2000)
30. A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole (1980)
29. The Stand by Stephen King (1978)
28. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides (2002)
27. A Personal Matter Kenzaburo Oë (1964)
26. Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs (1959)
25. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess (1962)
24. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain (1885)
23. American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis (1991)
22. All the King's Men by Robert Penn Warren
21. All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque (1929)
20. Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk
19. The Rabbit Quartet by John Updike (1960-1990)
18. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut (1969)
17. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S Thompson (1971)
16. The Hunt for Red October by Tom Clancy
15. Farenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (1953)
14. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (1932)
13. Call of the Wild by Jack London (1903)
12. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller (1961)
11. On the Road by Jack Kerouac (1957)
10. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad (1902)
9. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro (2005)
8. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien (1954-1955)
7. Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card (1985)
6. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami (1994)
5. The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger (1951)
4. Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell (1949)
3. The Road by Cormac McCarthy (2006)
2. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (1960)
1. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway (1926)

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Re: AMF Favorite Books Poll: Voting Thread

Postby StevieFan13 » Thu May 18, 2017 7:30 pm

PetShopBoy wrote:Who is going to volunteer to run a Non Fiction Poll?!

Question: do we count Persepolis and Maus as fiction or non-fiction?
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Re: AMF Favorite Books Poll: Voting Thread

Postby PetShopBoy » Sat May 20, 2017 8:48 pm

StevieFan13 wrote:
PetShopBoy wrote:Who is going to volunteer to run a Non Fiction Poll?!

Question: do we count Persepolis and Maus as fiction or non-fiction?


1. Graphic Novels say Novel so Fiction?
2. Are they entertaining? Always a giveaway its Fiction (that was a joke)
3. Let's ask a professor...

Maus Volume 1 was listed as Fiction by the New York Times, but Volume 2 was listed as Non Fiction.
Thus the answer is "both/either".
Persepolis is more likely non-fiction, though I could see "both/either" working there too.


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