Admittedly it's been a long while since the last installment of the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) Book Club, so perhaps I should provide a refresher on the rules.
The only membership requirement for Atlanta's premier, impromptu reading club is to read a book while riding public transportation. The MARTA Book Club does accept audio book and e-book submissions though I cannot easily determine what someone is enjoying as an audio book or e-book while doing my book-spotting. Moreover, one of the unwritten rules for the book club is minding your own business (along with watching out for suspicious puddles), so tapping people on the shoulder and asking what they are reading is not recommended. If alternative readers want to participate, they visit The Bookshopper Facebook Page and put their submission there. It's strictly an honor system–kind of like the MARTA Ride with Respect code of conduct.
In this posting I am also introducing the new unauthorized MARTA Book Club logo symbolizing the importance of the word while riding mass transit.
And now for the interesting part–a list of what people have been reading:
Stardust by Neil Gaiman
Man, God, and Civilization by John G. Jackson
The World According to Garp by John Irving
The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McMullers (Hunter is this year's National Endowment of the Arts Big Read. Check the out the Georgia Center of the Book for details on local January events).
Monkey by Carl Hiassen
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth by Reza Aslan
The 4th Hand by John Irving
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
Southern Cross The Dog: A Novel by Bill Cheng
Nicolae: The Rise of the Antichrist (Left Behind) by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins
Secrets and Lies by ?????. It is either part of the Truth or Dare series, The Ferro Family series or the Oklahoma Brands Book 3. You get the drift...
Understanding Wood Finishing: How to Select and Apply the Right Finish by Bob Flexner
The Alibi by Sandra Brown
The End of War by John Morgan
Masters of Dragon by Chris Wraight
America by Andrew Huggins
The Coming of Sound by Douglas Gomery
Them by Nathan McCall
Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace.
A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again by David Foster Wallace. This is my contribution. I would definitely recommend Wallace's excellent book of non-fiction pieces, especially if you are thinking about taking a Caribbean Cruise.
1491 by Charles Mann
Other books spotted include novels by Kurt Vonnegut, Elizabeth George, Janet Evanovich and Stephen King.
For the previous 25 entries, check out the MARTA Book Club category link on the right.