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Sunday, March 08, 2009

Read Along: Barren Bitches Book Tour #17

Welcome to the seventeenth tour of the Barren Bitches Book Brigade--a book club from the comfort of your own living room. Grab a cup of coffee and start clicking away at the links below.

Just to explain, this book club is entirely online and open to anyone (male or female) in the infertility/pregnancy loss/assisted conception/adoption/parenting-after-infertility world (as well as any other related category I inadvertently left off the list). It is called a book tour because everyone reads the same book and then poses a question to the group. Participants choose a few questions to answer and then post their response on their blog. Readers can jump from blog to blog, commenting along the way.

Anyone can jump aboard--it's a book club where you can drop in and out as you wish and all in the community are welcome.

Book: Never Let Me Go
Author: Kazuo Ishiguro
Start Date: January 21st
Post Dates: March 9th
(need an explanation of how a book tour works? Click here to go to a list of posts on the past book tours as well as information about future tours.)

About Never Let Me Go: Award-winning novel about a dystopian England. Saying anything more than that spoils the surprise.

Barren Bitches Book Brigade List (The blogs below are participating on this current book tour. Each day, you'll be able to jump from post to post to read a plethora of opinions and thoughts on Never Let Me Go.)

Stirrup Queens and Sperm Palace Jesters (below this post)
The Road Less Travelled
An Unwanted Path
Baby Smiling in Back Seat
The Dragondreamer's Lair
Aurelia Ann
Destined to be an Old Woman with No Regrets
So It Goes
I Won't Fear Love

Even if haven't read Never Let Me Go, you can still add your own thoughts on the blog tour or react to someone else's critique.

Like the idea of being in a book club without leaving your living room? The current group chooses the next book. The 18th tour will be Anita Diamant's, The Red Tent. According to Wikipedia, the book is "a first-person narrative which tells the story of Dinah, daughter of Jacob and sister of Joseph, a talented midwife and proto-feminist. The book's title refers to the tent in which women of Jacob's tribe must, according to the ancient law, take refuge while menstruating or giving birth, and in which they find mutual support and encouragement from their mothers, sisters and aunts."

The Details: Tour #18 will start March 10. Participants will read The Red Tent by Anita Diamant. On or before May 20th (it's a long reading period this time), everyone will send one question based on the book (to get a sense of questions, click here to see the questions sent for book tour #2) to me. I will compile the questions into lists that will be emailed out to you by May 22nd. Everyone will choose 3 questions from the list and answer them on their own blog on May 25th. I'll also post a master list and people can jump from blog to blog, reading and commenting on the book tour.

If you would like to sign up to participate in book tour #18, leave a comment below or send me an email. I need the title and a link to your blog as well as an email address where you'd like the two or three book club emails sent. If a spouse wants to participate too and he/she doesn't have their own blog, have them set up a blog solely for book tours (as we did with the Annex) and send me a link to that blog. And if you're a reader without a blog, now is a great time to set up a space for yourself on Blogger. People will be able to find brand-spanking-new blogs because they will be on the book tour's participant list. The participants on the Anita Diamant book tour will choose the book for tour #19.

Happy reading.

3 comments:

Lori said...

I'm in!

Annie said...

I'm in for the next one too :)

Coming2Terms said...

It's been a few years since I read the Red Tent (was still in IF treatment) so it will be interesting to get a new take on it from my new vantage point. Sign my up!

Hope all's well in your world, Mel.