Read-a-Longers, have I ever told you how very much I love you all? I adore being able to do these Read-a-Longs with people who are actually interesting in reading! It’s like a book club where everyone has actually read the book, and comes ready to talk about it. Over the past two years, I feel like I’ve really gotten to know some of you because we’ve delved into our opinions and experiences while discussing the titles. So, thank you for being a part of this! The Read-a-Longs are such a big part of this blog. I had no idea it would be this way, to be honest. I love doing the other posts, but the Read-a-Longs are where I have gotten to know you – so they hold a special place in my heart! I hope you’ve enjoyed them too, and the getting to know each other along the way.
I have a list started for the 2013 Read-a-Long schedule, but I’m wondering if you have anything that you would like to read in particular. Since we typically read about 6-8 books per year, I only have a few slots available, but would love to see if there are any titles that have a resounding “Read Me!” cry from all of you. Non-fiction and fiction titles are eligible. I typically try to keep the books to authors who aren’t alive. Not only does this usually mean the book has been around long enough to have earned its reputation, but also we don’t have to worry about authors reading our raw thoughts or responding to them as we go along. We have read two authors who are living (David McCullough and Laurel Thatcher Ulrich), but their web presence is minimal (and David and Laura, we love you both!). I’d prefer to keep it to people who are no longer able to put in their two cents if possible (but if you just can’t help it and have a few titles where the author is alive and kicking – please keep it to people who are too established to care what we are saying; those tend to be people who write for the knowledge factor rather than the artistic).
Looking forward to seeing which titles you’re wanting to read!