A post with links, book suggestion asks and new ways to communicate today… but all with a bookish twist. You may remember a while back Gavin and myself, who you might know make the podcast The Readers, started the International Readers Award? Well, we have decided to extend the submission/voting period. You can go here to find out more. Do vote as I would love to hear what you loved reading last year and why. It might also help with suggestions for another exciting Readers venture…
I know I said that I wasn’t going to start any challenges or read-a-longs this year but rules are for breaking and in this case it is something quite exciting. This May will see the start of ‘The Readers Summer Book Club’ the basic idea is that we will decide on eight titles, which will be announced in April 2012, for you all to read from mid-May to mid-July 2012 to coincide with these there will be special blogs with reviews, and the ability of discussion in the comments and podcasts with interviews with the authors and discussion of the books with some special guests. The idea is to get a really interactive worldwide book club and lots of book based banter. We would REALLY like your suggestions be you a listener, lurker, blogger or publicist either in comments here on my blog or on the site. The full details are here, get suggesting.
Finally myself and the Readers are now on Good Reads (how has it taken this long?) which I am just getting to grips with. You can find me here and The Readers here so get adding.
So that’s lots of friend request begging and book suggestion seeking from me today. Thank you.
What another award? I can almost hear you all say. Yes, another. Not content with co-founding The Green Carnation last year and chairing it this year (winning announcement tomorrow morning) I have come up with another award with my ‘The Readers’ co –host Gavin which we announced yesterday in our Margaret Atwood and Speculative vs. SFF vs. Literary Fiction episode yesterday. The good thing about this prize is that I don’t have to judge it, though I will be voting, as it’s a prize for you all as readers to vote for and judge.
It probably sounds a bit strange to throw that out there, and I know there are lots and lots of book awards and prizes already BUT there aren’t many where readers from around the world can choose the titles listed and then vote for them. Now we haven’t got illusions of grandeur here honest, it just seemed a fun idea and with the power of blogs, the internet and email we thought we could spread the word and have a list of books that readers from all parts of the world and all walks of life could vote on.
So what do you need to do? Simply pop to The International Readers Book Awards 2011 page on The Readers website and download your entry form, fill it in, email it to firstname.lastname@example.org by 11am GMT on December the 16th 2011 and hey presto. We will announce the long listed entires and how to vote for the shortlist on December the 19th 2011.
Oh and today’s Savidge Reads Advent Calendar is an added incentive to vote!
Update you can now download the International Readers Book Awards Form from below.
The International Readers Awards Voting Form 2011
So today I am giving you away something rather special. One of you (though three of you can win things) will be able to win a signed hardback edition of Jennifer Egan’s ‘A Visit From The Goon Squad’ which has been nominated for and won some of the most prestigious prizes this year. But with a prize like this there is a catch… you need to work a little harder for it and its all to do with today’s other post about The International Readers Book Award 2011.
To be in with a chance of winning this signed edition of one of the most talked about books of the year (which yes I admit I didn’t love but almost everyone else who read it did) you need to follow the instructions and vote for The International Readers Book Award on the post here. Once you have voted drop a comment here saying you have done so and you are in the draw wherever in the world you are. Simple-ish. There are also two sets of ‘A Visit From the Goon Squad’, and ‘Look At Me’ by Jennifer Egan for two runners up from teh lov. You have until 11am December 16th 2011, get voting and good luck.
Update – as The Readers website is currently down you can download the International Readers Book Award nomination form here