New Leaf Nominations for June • Chasing Rainbows, The World of Colour
#1  CRussel 05-01-2020, 11:45 AM
Welcome to the New Leaf Book Club's June Book Nomination thread where we select the book that the New Leaf Book Club will read in June, 2020. The theme is Chasing Rainbows , The World of Colour.

Everyone is welcome to join the nomination process even if they'd rather lurk during the voting and discussion; if that is still a little too much commitment, please feel free to suggest titles without making a formal nomination. Also, don't sweat the links. It's helpful to check availability and prices before nominating in order to eliminate anything that's out of the question, but ultimately our global members with different gadgets and preferences will have to check for themselves.

The nominations will run through 9 AM PDT, May 7, 2020. Each nomination requires a second to make it to the poll, which will remain open for three days. The discussion of the selection will start on June 15, 2020.

Any questions? See the FAQ below, or just ask!

FAQs for the Nomination, Selection and Discussion process

General Guidelines for the New Leaf Book Club

Official choices with two nominations:

(Note: We're continuing our experiment of only requiring a nomination and a second again this month. However, everyone still gets three tickets to use for nominations or seconds. This is likely the last month we'll call this an experiment. By next month, we'll see what folks think.)

#2  CRussel 05-01-2020, 11:46 AM
Nominations awaiting a Second:

#3  Catlady 05-01-2020, 01:49 PM
The best laid plans ... From the day this theme was chosen, I had a perfect book in mind to nominate; perfect, that is, until I checked availability. And it's a no-go. But I'll mention it anyway:

Trans-Sister Radio by Chris Bohjalian (2000, 370 pp.).

From the bestselling author of Midwives comes a thought-provoking story about gender, love, and new relationships.

When Allison Banks develops a crush on Dana Stevens, she knows that he will give her what she needs most: attention, gentleness, kindness, passion. Her daughter, Carly, enthusiastically witnesses the change in her mother. But then a few months into their relationship, Dana tells Allison his secret: he has always been certain that he is a woman born into the wrong skin, and soon he will have a sex-change operation. Allison, overwhelmed by the depth of her passion, finds herself unable to leave Dana. By deciding to stay, she finds she must confront questions most people never even consider. Not only will her own life and Carly’ s be irrevocably changed, she will have to contend with the outrage of a small Vermont community and come to terms with her lover’s new body–hoping against hope that her love will transcend the physical.
Just in case anyone's interested in this, note that the only available audiobook version in the U.S. is abridged.

Back to the drawing board.

#4  astrangerhere 05-01-2020, 02:18 PM
I will nominate This is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone. This epistolatory novel written across time between two female agents in warring factions is possibly one of the most engaging stories I have read in a long time. My wife enjoyed it so much that we actually went out and bought the hardcover for our paper library.

From Goodreads:

Among the ashes of a dying world, an agent of the Commandant finds a letter. It reads: Burn before reading. . Thus begins an unlikely correspondence between two rival agents hellbent on securing the best possible future for their warring factions. Now, what began as a taunt, a battlefield boast, grows into something more. Something epic. Something romantic. Something that could change the past and the future.

Except the discovery of their bond would mean death for each of them. There’s still a war going on, after all. And someone has to win that war.
The book is available on Kindle and Kobo for 9.99USD

#5  gmw 05-01-2020, 09:41 PM
I second This is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone.

I've had this on my wish list since it came out. I just wish the price was more reasonable - it is only a novella.

#6  gmw 05-01-2020, 09:47 PM
I'm not well prepared this month, still looking for inspiration.

(Since no one as posted since I am) Editing to add:

I wondered whether to nominate Sacre Bleu by Christopher Moore, because it fits the theme so well, and it is sort of interesting from an art history perspective, but it's my least favourite of the Moore stories I've read so far. I plan on giving it a second chance one day (it's possible my first reaction was a mood thing) but there are probably better choices out there for a club read.

I have come up with another ... but keeping it as a fallback while my search continues.

#7  JSWolf 05-02-2020, 11:50 AM
I'm having trouble finding a book of colour. I can only find books of color.

#8  gmw 05-02-2020, 11:59 AM
The "problem", as you call it, is half the fun.

Or maybe I'm just perverse. (You don't have to respond to that. )

#9  JSWolf 05-02-2020, 12:11 PM
I'll nominate The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame. It is nicely illustrated.

When Mole rebels and abandons the spring cleaning of his burrow, he little knows what the future holds. He soon meets the steady and practical Water Rat, then the impulsive and boastful Mr. Toad, and wise old Badger. Many new adventures await, from travels on the open road, to getting lost in a snowstorm in the Wild Wood, to simply “messing about in boats.” Along the way, Toad lands in jail for stealing a motorcar, and the four friends must do battle to reclaim Toad Hall from the invading weasels and stoats.

This book is a testament to the enduring bond of friendship and the charm in homely pleasures, and can be enjoyed by the young and the young-at-heart. (Recommended for ages 9 to 90.)

#10  gmw 05-02-2020, 12:23 PM
The Wind in the Willows was fully nominated last month. Love the book, but books are not eligible if they have been fully nominated in the last six months - see the rules here.

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