Oct 13, 2010
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
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 (email@example.com) 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).
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:
If you are looking for a book for your next book club meeting, this is a great place to start
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.