The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams, 180 pages, published 1979

A science fiction comedy, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy follows the life of the average Englishman, Arthur Dent, after discovering planet Earth is set to be demolished by Vogons in order to build a hyperspace bypass. His friend, Ford Prefect, is in fact an alien who has been masquerading as a human, rather successfully when you discount his strange name. It is Ford who helps Arthur escape from Earth before the Vogons destroy it by hitching a ride on a Vogon ship - a very dangerous action, leading the pair to be tortured with a reading of Vogon poetry (the third worst in the universe). Eventually they are picked up by the Heart of Gold, a ship powered by an infinite improbability drive, which was stolen by Zaphod Beeblebrox who is accompanied by Trillian and Marvin the Paranoid Android. Thus beginning an adventure in search of a mysterious and legendary planet that Arthur is surely never going to forget.

Get the book:

I do have the audiobooks but I don’t know where I got them so unfortunately I can’t give links to them.

I did say that I wanted to try and stick with standalone books, just so that you wouldn’t end up stuck with 5 new series that you wanted to read (if you enjoy the books that is), but so many people have suggested books that are a part of a series so I decided to drop the idea of it and just let people run rampant with book series. 

So, these are some suggestions. I’ll get a poll up in a few hours, but for now you can take a look at the plot for each of them if you’re unfamiliar with it, and figure out what you want to vote for.

  1. 1984 by George Orwell
  2. Delirium by Lauren Oliver*
  3. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams*
  4. The Killables by Gemma Malley*
  5. Labyrinth by Kate Mosse*
  6. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
  7. Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
  8. Skinned by Robin Wasserman*
  9. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
  10. Wiseguy by Nicholas Pileggi

* Books marked with an asterisk are parts of a series of books

Hi guys, I just thought I’d introduce myself! I’m Lizzie’s friend Anna and I’m going to help her run this blog and am really excited about it! This is my tumblr and this is my goodreads for those of you who want to add me.

I have a few ideas about changing how things work and some questions too.

  1. Should the poll have less options? Five instead of ten? Maybe reuse previous suggestions that got a lot of votes but didn’t win?
  2. Should I also create a sort of “back up” option for those of us who have already read the winning book so we have the choice to read something instead of rereading a book if we want to?
  3. Do people want to submit their review of our current book towards the end of the three week period to be published when we’re done?
  4. And finally, do people actually want to use the Goodreads group? Because I think it’s a good idea, but I just don’t really know where to begin in terms of starting discussions.

obligatory question mark?

Poll results!

I went to play sims before writing this and I’m pretty sure more people voted after I’d said the poll was closed so I guess these are kinda off, but it means more people got to vote so it’s okay. So the top three books are as follows:

  1. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, with 32%
  2. 1984 and Lolita with 22%
  3. Peter Pan, with 11%

Only 97 people voted, which is more than last time, but it’s also a much smaller percentage of the followers. I guess there are people now following this blog who are here not to participate, and rather just for the non-book club related posts (i.e., pictures and quotes). I didn’t expect anybody who wasn’t here for the club itself to follow the blog but I guess I can’t be surprised that they did. 

Now that we know the winner, I’ll get a post up asap just like the last one I did for our current book.

Also, any suggestions for our next book would be greatly appreciated!

Voting's closed!

I closed voting, and have a post coming up about our first book.

But first, the top three books:

  1. The Book Thief, with 27%
  2. The Great Gatsby, with 20%
  3. The Elegance of the Hedgehog, with 10%

79 people voted, which is almost 90% of the number of followers this blog has (somehow) managed to attract already. I’m so pleased so many people have taken to this, and I hope you’re all just as excited as I am to get started!

Just an FYI: we’re going to start The Book Thief on Monday the 14th, which leaves Sunday (and actually probably Saturday too for a lot of you) to organise getting a copy of the book. Since this is the first book, the time period I’d prefer to allow (about a week) isn’t really possible without creating a huge lag in getting started.

Normally, as soon as we start a book, I’ll start narrowing down another 10 options to choose from (we may even narrow this down further, since I feel like 10 options may be too many, but if you feel that’s fine then let me know). Once I’ve got the 10 options, I’ll post another poll, preferably about mid-way through the 3 weeks period for the current book. The poll’s will last 2 days, and that way everyone should have ample time to get the next book before we begin.

So today we’re scheduled to finish The Book Thief! I hope people have enjoyed it, and don’t forget there’s the Goodreads discussion where you can go and discuss whatever you like about it; write a review, discuss themes, favourite characters, things you liked or disliked, anything!

I hope everyone’s managed to finish it, or come close to and intend on finishing it up and then starting the next book.

Also, I can’t believe it’s been almost a month since I thought up this idea and that so many people have been enthusiastic and interested in it, so thank you, again.

Poll's closed!

I kind of slacked off a bit recently and didn’t really encourage people to vote, and even forget to change the sidebar to say that the poll was even open, so we didn’t get as many votes as we really should’ve. Either that or people are dropping out of participating, which is fine, I didn’t expect 200+ people to follow the blog and all participate. But anyway, here are the results:

  1. Pride and prejudice, with 41%
  2. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, with 32%
  3. The Time Machine, with 15%

And, finally, a winner that I haven’t actually already read. Fantastic! I suspect a lot of people have read it though, so I’d suggest reading the runner up, or skipping this book if you don’t fancy doing that. 

I’m unlikely to get a post written up for our new book until tomorrow…which is rather inconvenient seeing as we’re supposed to start it tomorrow, but what can you do.

I updated the about page to account for the fact that Anna has joined the blog, and also it sucked before so I think I’ve improved it somewhat. 

I also queued a few posts earlier and will go put together more quotes from Hitchhiker’s Guide to post because I’ve been putting it off and putting it off for a while now. In fact, I’ve been so wrapped up in my own little world I’ve hardly read a book for over a week, and we’re already a week into this book’s time! I hope everyone else is doing a better job of getting some reading done!

I think that’s it in terms of updates. I’m not 100% on what I’m going to do about my laptop, and seeing as I can’t know if or when it’ll crap itself entirely, I’m just going to carry on as though there’s nothing wrong (and then be supremely pissed off when it crap itself).

My laptop got the blue screen of death last night so I don’t know how long it’s gonna last before crapping out entirely. But I’m preparing for the worst, because, well, you should, and also it’s a cheap laptop, so if anyone wanted to help out with running the blog, now’s your chance to talk to me about it.

Sorry I’ve been a bit missing over the past couple days, not really posting or attempting to do anything for this blog. Things have been happening; Fall Out Boy are back from hiatus, I got into the degree I actually wanted to do in the first place when I applied for uni 3 years ago, I’ve been distracted by sims…

Anyway, so people should’ve started reading the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by now, or are close to getting themselves a copy of it. It’s kind of a hit or miss style of book so I’m curious about what people are going to think of it. I think British humour tends to go over the heads of a lot of people so that’s probably why…

Goodreads is being exceptionally difficult so I haven’t been able to set up a discussion board for the book yet but I’ll make sure to post about it when I do.

ha. I got the update, and unsurprisingly, people overreacted. This is great, I think I like it more. 

Guess I’ll continue to maintain this blog then!