Musings on blogging conversation: One of the things I love about book blogging is the sense of community between book bloggers. However, the thing that I still miss about reading in my English classes is getting to have a conversation about a book. Sure, we can review books and get comments on our blogs, but with so many blogs to read and comments to leave, it’s hard to go back to comments you’ve already left to have a conversation about a book.
Recently, I’ve seen a bunch of awesome ways that book bloggers have started to overcome what I see as a disadvantage to blogging about books rather than finding “in real life” people to talk about books with. Amy from My Friend Amy and Ali at Worducopia had a conversation/review of Gerald Kopland’s book Etta. Citizen Reader hosts a monthly Book Menage for bloggers to read and chat about two different books via comments to the blog. And Nymeth hosted the Try Something New Mini-Challenge that encouraged bloggers to read new books together.
Here’s the giveaway: Those are all very cool, and they inspired me to try something of my own — a book and conversation giveaway of The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean! (It’s also Buy a Friend a Book Week, which is the impetus I needed to get this giveaway off the ground.)
For inexplicable reasons, I ended up with two copies of The Orchid Thief (both gently used). This seems like the perfect opportunity to try a conversation — I’ll keep one and give the other copy away to someone who wants to read the book with me then have a book chat about it!
Here’s how it works: To enter the giveaway, just leave a comment on this post letting me know you’re interested. For one extra entry, tell me why you want to read The Orchid Thief. That’s all there is, simple. This post closes for comments on Wednesday, April 8 at midnight. I’ll announce the winner next Thursday. You DO NOT need to have a blog to enter, you just need to be able to get the book and have a way to chat with me once we’re finished.
Once I pick a winner, I’ll send them the book and we’ll agree on a date to try and finish it by. Once we’re finished, we’ll do a chat or series of e-mails discussing whatever about the book. Once we’ve done our chat/review, we can both post it to our blogs (or, if you don’t have a blog, I’ll just post it here.) Sounds cool, maybe?
Remember, if you win The Orchid Thief, you’re also “winning” the chance to have a book chat/e-mail interview with me about it. It won’t be time consuming at all, but please don’t enter the giveaway if that doesn’t sound like fun for you (even though it should, I’m fun!).