Oct 12

Thanks to all who took our survey! We have a few voicemail and email recommendations from readers and listeners; keep them coming! October is National Reading Group Month, and the Women’s National Book Association has issued their 2010 list of “Great Group Reads.” In “Two books we can’t wait for you to read,” Michael talks about Jonathan Dee’s The Privileges and Ann goes young adult with Jennifer Donnelly’s Revolution. If you are receiving this by email the link to download the audio file is at the bottom of this message, or click through to http://www.booksonthenightstand.com

You want more books? We’ll give you more books! (Sort of)

Congratulations to Meaghan Koci, the winner of the Books on the Nightstand survey prize! We’ve already contacted Meghan, and we’re sending out her prize: a BOTNS tote bag with copies of The Wave and The Bells!

Thanks to all 658 of you who took our reader/listener survey! We’ll be sharing some of your comments on future shows, and this week we start with Carolyn who called in a follow-up to her survey response: she would like to hear more book recommendations per episode. While the survey showed that 92% of you think that we cover just the right number of books per episode, we understand the desire to add to your reading list. In that spirit, we’re turning it back on you. Because Michael and I can’t read any faster than we already do, we’re looking to you, our readers and listeners, to call in and share some of your favorites. Please feel free to call our voicemail line (209/867-7323), email us (comments@booksonthenightstanc.om) or leave comments on our blog, Goodreads group or Facebook page. Our listeners love to hear from other members of the Books on the Nightstand community, and they said so in the survey comments — so keep those calls and letters coming!

Dottie called in two recommendations as a follow-up to our recent nonfiction preview show:  The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson and Provenance: How a Con Man and a Forger Rewrote the History of Modern Art, by Laney Salisbury and Aly Sujo.

In a previous episode, we talked about books that you “gulp” or “sip.” Graceann phoned from London with a wonderful recommendation for The Grapes of Wrath: a book that she both gulped (kept turning the pages to see what happened) and sipped (savored the story and the writing).

October is National Reading Group Month! (07:49)

Michael and I had a great time live-chatting with some of you about Middlesex and The Poisonwood Bible: so much so that we’re going to do it again! In January 2011, we will host a live call-in discussion of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, by Michael Chabon. We’d love for you to participate, so schedule the book into your reading calendar. We’ll have more details as to date and time closer to January, but we wanted to give you as much advance warning as possible.

The Women’s National Book Association has declared that October is National Reading Group Month, and they’ve chosen 13 books that they’ve named “Great Group Reads 2010.” Michael and I talked about just a few of these books that we’ve read or that captured our interest:

The rest of the list:

  • Blame by Michelle Huneven (Picador)
  • The Blessings of the Animals by Katrina Kittle (Harper Perennial)
  • Cheap Cabernet: A Friendship by Cathie Beck (Voice)
  • Eternal on the Water by Joseph Monninger (Gallery Books)
  • The Lotus Eaters by Tatjana Soli (St. Martin’s Press)
  • Molly Fox’s Birthday by Deirdre Madden (Picador)
  • The Queen of Palmyra by Minrose Gwin (Harper Perennial)
  • Safe from the Sea by Peter Geye (Unbridled Books)

If you are looking for a book for your next book club meeting, this is a great place to start

Two books we can’t wait for you to read (18:41)

The Privileges by Jonathan Dee Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly

Michael spoke about Jonathan Dee’s The Privileges on an earlier episode, but since it’s now out in paperback he wanted to bring it to your attention again. Ann talks about Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly, a young adult novel about a contemporary teen girl who finds the diary of a young woman from the time of the French Revolution. Revolution has been getting a lot of wonderful reads from booksellers and bloggers. Don’t miss his wonderful video of the author herself telling you about the book and the story behind the novel.

  • I had a great time discussing The Poisonwood Bible with you and I’m thrilled that you’re going to do more call-in shows. I can’t say I’m thrilled with the next book choice though, since I really couldn’t get into The Adventures of Cavalier and Clay. I’ll plan to be in the chat room for the discussion though – maybe listening to everyone else’s opinions will help me appreciate it more.

    On the topic of the WNBA’s book list – Little Bee was an engrossing read and very well done, but it hasn’t stayed with me the way I hoped it would. I’ve heard great things about Safe from the Sea and am really looking forward to reading that one.

    Another suggestion for a place to find/start a reading group is Meetup.com – I’ve heard of several great clubs getting their start there.

  • Jackie

    Shame on me as a bookseller because I didn’t know it was National Reading Group Month. I will definitely be putting up a display of these titles.
    I am taking long sips of Bill Bryson’s At Home. I am definitely looking at my home in a whole new way!
    Thanks for another great podcast. And more recommendations from you two goes without saying!

  • Graceann Macleod

    Thanks for playing my voicemail – my goodness but my cold was really audible there! Yes, I agree that reading Grapes of Wrath as a high school student would not (always) make for happy memories (though I read it, just because I wanted to, at age 17 and liked it a lot then). I think it goes down better when the reader has some years under their belt, and perhaps a few hardships. My experience reading it at age 42 was far different from reading it at age 17, because I’d actually done some living in between the two readings.

  • Bill

    As I scroll back through your shows I remembered why I added Revolution to my iPhone Notes (I couldn’t remember where I’d heard about it or who recommended it).
    Thanks for that rec, I liked it a lot.
    After reading I skimmed the Book Reads reviews and saw that 99% of the reviewers were female and most of them seemed to be in the young adult category. So, not only did I love a chick-lit book, I loved a teen chick-lit book. Goes to show, a good book is a good book regardless of category.

    • Bill,
      I love this!! You are so right — a good book is a good book! (Just FYI, it
      was published as a Young Adult book, but definitely crosses over. I hadn’t
      thought about the appeal to one gender over another, but I’m not surprised
      at the reviewers’ demographics). Glad you liked it! Thanks for letting us
      know — it’s always nice to hear back on one of our recommendations.

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